2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Full Year, Standards-Aligned)

2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Full Year, Standards-Aligned)
2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Full Year, Standards-Aligned)
2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Full Year, Standards-Aligned)
2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Full Year, Standards-Aligned)
2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Full Year, Standards-Aligned)
2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Full Year, Standards-Aligned)
2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Full Year, Standards-Aligned)
2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Full Year, Standards-Aligned)
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Second Grade Social Studies Curriculum Notes*:

*This curriculum can be used as is, or can supplement your existing curriculum. See the preview for a Pacing guide and the unit descriptions below for a snapshot of the standards/content covered. Some, not all, items are EDITABLE. Most lesson tasks are EDITABLE word documents in order to fit your students' needs.

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Special Note: You will not find traditional tests and worksheets with this product since the social studies standards are heavy on inquiry-based learning. This package contains tasks and lesson sequences that are for teachers ready to try inquiry-based learning. Unit plans offer quick snapshots of lessons, while the detailed lesson plans give an in-depth look at the inquiry-process and facilitation tips for teachers. (The lessons in this full-year curriculum are designed to put the learning in the hands of the students while the teacher is the facilitator; therefore, they are rigorous in nature.) See below for each item included.

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Curriculum Design Notes:

The units are designed using the Backward Design curriculum model.
1. Start at the standards
2. Design assessment
3. Design instructional components that teach what is being assessed (Instruction focuses on inquiry-based learning, the hallmark of the social studies standards.)

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This curriculum bundle contains:
1) Standards Alignment Page:
-it details what Social Studies standards, as well as what ELA Anchoring standards, Science Practices, and Math Practices are intertwined
2) Pacing Guide:
-it shows suggested yearly curriculum pacing (Pacing can be adjusted to fit your students' needs.)
3) Unit Overview:
-this is a document that gives a brief overview of all three units
4) EDITABLE Essential Questions:
-overarching questions for each unit are noted on the unit plan documents
5) Vocabulary Journal:
-this is a student document that is specific to each unit


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Items for ALL 3 Units:

1. Student Talk Cards:
-question stems to promote student discourse (can be used with any lesson)
2. EDITABLE Our Group Rubric:
-a rubric for students to fill out that helps them evaluate their own group work (can be used with any lesson)
3. Voice-o-Meter:
-a visual prompt that is great for helping students maintain the appropriate noise level during group activities (can be used with any lesson)
4. EDITABLE I Wonder Page:
-could be used on a bulletin board to engage students in the new topic (can be used with any lesson)

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Included on ALL lesson plans:

Lesson Sequence Format-The lesson plan format is based upon the 5Es.
• Step 1: Engage
• Step 2: Explore
• Step 3: Explain
• Step 4: Elaborate
• Step 5: Evaluate

***The 5 Es lesson sequence includes suggestions for facilitation. Each lesson gives suggested techniques on moving to a lesson format that is student-led and facilitated by the teacher. (You will need to provide your students with the appropriate amount of scaffolding, if necessary.)***

1. Suggested lesson pacing noted (Pacing can be adjusted to fit your students' needs.)
2. Targeted and additional standards are listed
3. Assessments (formative and summative) are listed
4. Target(s)/I can statement(s) are noted
5. Standards-aligned vocabulary are listed
6. Possible teacher questions are noted
7. Materials needed are noted
8. Suggested teacher reads are listed (Other similar books can be substituted if you don’t have the suggested ones.)


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Unit Specific Content:

***All 3 units focus mainly on your students and the community they live in since the "world" they predominantly interact with is their own community. (The standards call for this approach because it is more tangible for young students.) Certain standards do expect your students to make connections to communities unlike their own in order to broaden their community outlook (i.e. rural vs. urban). History and historical change can be a difficult concept for young students to understand, so the history standards contained in this curriculum focus on how the community of your students has changed over time and how people in your community have shaped it. Of course, connections to our country's government, economy, history and geography can and possibly will occur as your classroom naturally explores seasonal themes and holidays required by your school/district. See below for specific geography, government, economics, and history standards and content covered.***

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Unit 1: Geography Unit-What Our Community Looks Like
(Unit 1 of 3)

Targeted Standards:
 SS.G.1.2-construct/interpret maps and graphic
representations of familiar and unfamiliar
places
 SS.G.2.2-identify cultural and environmental
characteristics of your community and compare
to other places
 SS.G.3.2-explain how people in your community
use local and distant environments to meet
their needs
 SS.H.1.2-summarize changes that have occurred
in the local community over time
 SS.H.2.2-compare individuals and groups who
have shaped a significant historical change

Lesson 1: Creating and Using Maps

Lesson specifics-
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-Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from map sources
-EDITABLE Teacher Vocabulary Cards: construct, interpret, maps,
graphs, familiar, unfamiliar, community
-Smart Board: map slide (a PowerPoint version is also included)
-EDITABLE Lesson Task(s): map task


Lesson 2: My Community’s Characteristics

Lesson specifics-
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-Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from community themed sources
-EDITABLE Teacher Vocabulary Cards: identify, cultural,
environmental, characteristics, community
-EDITABLE Lesson Task(s): Venn diagram task (for comparisons)

Lesson 3: Using Resources

Lesson specifics-
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-Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources on various resources
-EDITABLE Teacher Vocabulary Cards: community, local, distant,
resources, needs
-Lesson Task(s): paragraph response task

Lesson 4: Changes Over Time


Lesson specifics-
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-Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from specific sources
-EDITABLE Teacher Vocabulary Cards: summarize, local, community,
significant
-EDITABLE Lesson Task(s): timeline task (to show how community has changed over time)

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Unit 2: Government Unit-How Our Community Runs
(Unit 2 of 3)

Targeted Standards:
 SS.CV.1.2-explain what governments are and
some of their functions (e.g. making and
enforcing laws, protecting citizens, and
collecting taxes)
 SS.CV.2.2-describe how communities work to
accomplish common tasks, establish
responsibilities, and fulfill roles of authority


Lesson 1: What a Government Does

Lesson specifics-
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-Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources pertaining to government
-EDITABLE Teacher Vocabulary Cards: government, laws, citizens,
taxes
-EDITABLE Lesson Task(s): classroom bill of rights task (a kid friendy tangible way for students to understand rules/laws)

Lesson 2: Working Together


Lesson specifics-
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-Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources pertaining to working together
-EDITABLE Teacher Vocabulary Cards: community, tasks,
responsibilities, authority
-Smart Board: slide (a PowerPoint version is also included)
-EDITABLE Lesson Task(s): my classroom plan task (a way to get students to work together for a common cause)


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Unit 3: Economics Unit-Money and Our Community
(Unit 3 of 3)

Targeted Standards:
 SS.EC.1.2-demonstrate how our choices can
affect ourselves and others in positive and
negative ways
 SS.EC.2.2- explain the role of money in making
exchanges easier
 SS.EC.3.2- compare the goods and services that
people in the local community produce and
those that are produced in other communities
 SS.EC.FL.4.2-explain that money can be saved or
spent on goods and services


Lesson 1: My Choices

Lesson specifics-
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-Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources on making choices
-EDITABLE Teacher Vocabulary Cards: demonstrate, choices, positive,
negative
-Smart Board: choices slides (a PowerPoint version is also included)
-EDITABLE Lesson Task(s): cause and effect map task (a way to get students to think about the consequences of their actions)

Lesson 2: Buying and Selling


Lesson specifics-
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-Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources on buying and selling
-EDITABLE Teacher Vocabulary Cards: exchange, goods, services, community
-EDITABLE Lesson Task(s): my plan task (a kid friendly way for students to think about buying and selling)

Lesson 3: Comparing Goods and Services


Lesson specifics-
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-Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources on goods and services
-EDITABLE Teacher Vocabulary Cards: goods, services, community,
urban, rural
-EDITABLE Lesson Task(s): urban/rural t-chart task (a comparison tool)

Lesson 4: Saving and Spending


Lesson specifics-
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-Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources on saving and spending
-EDITABLE Teacher Vocabulary Cards: saved, spent, goods, services
-EDITABLE Lesson Task(s): my saving/spending plan task (a kid friendly way to get students to think about money)

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Lessons are also sold separately. You can find individual social studies lessons here:

Geography Lessons:
Geography Lesson-Creating and Using Maps
Geography Lesson-My Community’s Characteristics
Geogrpahy Lesson-Using Resources
Geography Lesson-Changes Over Time

Government Lessons:
Government Lesson-What a Government Does
Government Lesson-Working Together

Economics Lessons:
Economics Lesson-My Choices
Economics Lesson-Buying and Selling
Economics Lesson-Comparing Goods and Services
Economics Lesson-Saving and Spending


Unit bundles can be found here:
Geography Unit-What Our Community Looks Like
Government Unit-How Our Community Runs
Economics Unit-Money and Our Community


If you are looking for resources for all second grade subjects, check out my Second Grade MEGA Bundle.
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101 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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