Social Studies - 2nd Grade (2024)
Core Standards of the Course
Students use historical thinking skills to explore continuity and change in their community, Utah, and the United States.
Use primary sources (for example, artifacts and documents such as interviews, photographs, newspapers, speakers, stories, songs) to document the chronology of important events in their personal, family, school, local, or broader community history (including three significant events).
Summarize key ideas included in the Declaration of Independence (for example, purpose of government, equality, representative government, limited government, rule of law, natural rights, common good).
Retell the histories of key people and events connected to state and national symbols, landmarks, and essential documents (for example, Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, Francis Scott Key and The Star Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson and national parks, Utah pioneers and Utah’s nickname and motto).
Students develop an understanding of the relationship between people and their physical environment using geographic tools, technology, and map skills.
Locate and identify the poles, equator, continents, oceans, the United States, Utah, and their town or city. Identify and name the states that border Utah and the countries that border the United States.
Describe how location, climate, and physical features affect where people live and work, and how communities modify the environment to meet their needs over time (for example, irrigation, dams, reservoirs, roads, buildings, bridges).
Describe and give examples of interdependent relationships between vegetation, animal life, geographic features, and people specific to a local region (for example, irrigation, water conservation, farming, helping neighbors, ranching, providing vegetation that supports pollinators, protection of endangered animals).
On a map of the world, locate where their families or other families in the community historically came from. With support, curate and share information about the traditional food, cultural customs, recreation, religion, and music of that country and/or region.
Students are introduced to the concept of government. Students learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, explain how people must work together to resolve conflict, and understand the importance of respecting differences.
Consider why it is necessary for cities and towns to have governments, and describe ways local representative government promotes the general welfare of their community (for example, water, sewer, garbage pick-up, road and trail maintenance, public schools).
Students develop an understanding of basic economic concepts necessary to make informed individual and family decisions. Students use basic economic principles to explain how businesses supply goods and services to consumers.
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