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Social Studies Curriculum Social Studies - 2nd Grade
Lesson Plans

Standard 1

(Culture): Students will recognize and describe how people within their community, state, and nation are both similar and different.

Objective 1

Examine and identify cultural differences within the community.
  • A Cinderella Story (Grade 2)
    2nd grade Students will be integrating social studies cultural awareness with cultural stories of Cinderella. Students will listen to the Charles Perrault version of Cinderella and identify the main characters, plot and conflict. They will read another version and identify similarities and differences of the two stories. They will create Venn diagrams to look at similarities and differences of their own school cultures and then use Venn diagrams to look at similarities and differences of Cinderella stories. With this information, they will create their own Cinderella story.
  • Crayon Box - Family Diversity
    This lesson uses the book The Crayon Box That Talked to look at diversity between families. Students reflect on their own family traditions that make them unique and write a short statement about it.
  • Family Cultural Traditions
    Students will identify family traditions that are unique to them. Students will interview their family and present a selected tradition.
  • Where do you live?
    Activities and a game help students compare rural, suburban, and urban communities.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Robert  Austin and see the Social Studies website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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