Second Grade-  Social Studies

2nd Grade Social Studies

    

People in Societies

Geography Economics Government

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

 

Social Studies Skills and Methods

 

History

(Based on State of Ohio
Curriculum Standards)

 

1. Measure calendar time by days, weeks, months and years.

 

  1. The Time Machine - This U.S. Mint site has twelve hyperlinked dates, each one tells a story. Outstanding!  
  2. An index of timelines you may go to

2. List the days of the week and months of the year in order.

 

 

 

3. Place a series of related events in chronological order on a time line.

 

  1. Customize your own timeline - This free service is offered by OurTimeLines.com. They request that webmasters not link to the timeline generator. Therefore you must go to the bottom of their page where you see the phrase, Ready to check it out? Just... Click Here!
  2. Make your own Timeline, thanks to Teachnology - (scroll past the membership information) Their generator can be used to make time lines of up to 9 events of your choice. Select either a horizontal or vertical timeline.
  3. Dynamo's Timeline Show This is a very cute animated site where students first watch a cartoon about cars, trains, boats, or planes and their development over the last century. Then they have to place the objects on a timeline in the correct locations.

4. Use historical artifacts, photographs, biographies, maps, diaries and folklore to answer questions about daily life in the past.

 

  1. Different Tribes - Compare daily life of Native American tribes from different regions and times. (Author - Laurie Ayers)
  2.  More Famous People
  3. Daily Life in Ohio up to 1903  This site uses pages of information, pictures, and primary sources to explain the everyday experiences of Ohioans and emphasizes their home and family life.
  4. The Underground Railroad  An interactive map to see the Slave States and the Free States during the Civil War. Also shows the path that people followed for the Underground Railroad.
  5. A Step Back in Time  At this cute animated page students learn about life in England in the early 1900's. Each page has animations, things to click, and lots of good information.  Very good
  6. What Is It? To find out more about daily life in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, pictures of everyday items are shown. Students try to guess what each one is and how it was used. Then they can click on the picture to find out what it is and neat information about it.
     
 
 
 

5. Identify the work that people performed to make a living in the past and explain how jobs in the past are similar and/or different from those of today.

 

  1. Kids Port  Great site to assist in all areas

 

6. Identify and describe examples of how science and technology have changed the daily lives of people and compare:

a.      Forms of communication from the past and present;

b.      Forms of transportation from the past and present.

 

  1.  More Famous People
  2.   Ben Franklin uncover Power Point
    1. Power Point by Max Wright
    2. Power Point by Drew Hipps
    3. Power Point by Rachel Gardner
  3. How to create an Undercover Power Point presentation
  4. Rubric For Uncover Power Point
  5. America on the Move  At this excellent site you can read about how transportation shaped the lives, landscapes, culture, and communities of America. You can examine the changes brought by transportation networks, play some cool games, and check out lots of other resources from the National Museum of American History. There are also excellent teacher guides available for each section.
  6. The History of Transportation This web site traces the history of transportation from 3500 BC to the present with loads of information, pictures, and links to additional resources.
     

7. Recognize the importance of individual action and character and explain how they have made a difference in others' lives with emphasis on the importance of:

a.      Social and political leaders in the United States (e.g., George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr.); Explorers, inventors and scientists (e.g., George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, Charles Drew, Rachel Carson)

 

  1. Kids Port  Great site to assist in all areas
  2.   Ben Franklin uncover Power Point
    1. Power Point by Max Wright
    2. Power Point by Drew Hipps
    3. Power Point by Rachel Gardner
  3. How to create an Undercover Power Point presentation
  4. Rubric For Uncover Power Point
  5.  Famous People
  6.  More Famous People
  7. Home of Heroes Find lots of information about famous heroes including United States presidents. Coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles and games all reinforce the importance these heroes played in our history.
  8. Presidents  by  Ana B. Rodriguez  Quiz
  9. Explores   Click on the link to find the explorer you are interested in doing research on.
  10. Click on the Person your interested in learning more about!

 

People in Societies

1. Describe the cultural practices and products of people on different continents.

 

  1. Embracing Cultures Project - Use the Flash introduction to this site as a discussion starter in a whole class activity.

 

2. Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence the behavior of people living in a particular culture.

 

  1. Embracing Cultures Project - Use the Flash introduction to this site as a discussion starter in a whole class activity.
  2. Myths and fables from around the world Here are 16 illustrated traditional stories form around the world. They introduce famous characters such as Anansi and Coyote and lead readers to explore common themes and values among people everywhere.

 

3. Explain how contributions of different cultures within the United States have influenced our common national heritage.

 

  1. Different Tribes - Compare daily life of Native American tribes from different regions and times. (Author - Laurie Ayers)

 

4. Describe the contributions of significant individuals, including artisans, inventors, scientists, architects, explorers and political leaders to the cultural heritage of the United States.

 

  1. Christopher Columbus  This is an interactive smart board presentation.   SB  4 Star
  2. Kids Port Great site to assist in all areas
  3.   Ben Franklin uncover Power Point
  4.   Interesting person to download.  by Amelia Bradley
  5.  George Washington uncover Power Point
    1. Power Point by Max Wright
    2. Power Point by Drew Hipps
    3. Power Point by Rachel Gardner
  6. How to create an Undercover Power Point presentation
  7. Rubric For Uncover Power Point
  8.  Famous People
  9.  More Famous People
  10. Explores   Click on the link to find the explorer you are interested in doing  research on.
  11. Famous People  Presents the lives of famous people throughout history
  12. Thomas Alva Edison   American Inventor  1847 -  1931

  13.  Thomas Edison Foundation (Outstanding web site one of a kind.  Must be viewed to be appreciated.  4 Star

  14. Famous People  Human civilization has seen numerous people who have changed the course of history.
  15. Famous People   You will find a list of quite a few famous people to help in any research you may be doing. List is from the United Kingdom.
  16. Famous People and more current and modern web page

 

Geography

1. Read and interpret a variety of maps.

 

  1. Temperate Zone maps - North America - South America - Europe - Asia
  2. Can You Read a Map? - Use a map to answer questions
  3. Where is Japan - Students use the four cardinal directions to find real places on a map. (Author - Sandi King)
  4. Puzzle Maps from iKnowThat.com - From the Physical Features section select; Gulf Region, Bay Area, Plains Region, Canyon Region, or Continents and Ocean. After selecting one you will be asked to register. Click on "Maybe Later," to go to the game. Each game has a "Read it to Me" button.  You can find similar activities at Label Maps or Clue Maps
  5. Types of Maps  This fantastic site has loads of information on maps, types of maps, and legends, including online lessons, pictures, diagrams, labs, a dictionary, a review test, and a printable teacher guide in Acrobat format.
  6. Weather Map game  In this game the student has to place five weather symbols on a map to show the appropriate condition in five cities. The cities are randomly generated each time so the game can be played over and over. UK
  7. How Maps Work This web page uses colorful animations to illustrate how maps relate to their real-life places and objects
  8. Map Games   You will find quite a few games that will allow the students to learn and have fun at the same time.  You will find map games for many different grade levels.  Please choose the correct one for you.  THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SITE.

 

2. Construct a map that includes a map title and key that explains all symbols that are used.

 

 

3. Name and locate the continents and oceans.

 

  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  2. Temperate Zone maps - North America - South America - Europe - Asia
  3. Puzzle Maps from iKnowThat.com - From the Physical Features section select; Gulf Region, Bay Area, Plains Region, Canyon Region, or Continents and Ocean. After selecting one you will be asked to register. Click on "Maybe Later," to go to the game. Each game has a "Read it to Me" button. You can find similar activities at Label Maps or Clue Maps
  4. My World Game In this game students have to identify all the continents and oceans on a world map.
  5. Continents and Oceans An interactive map to find the continents and oceans of the World. 

 

4. Describe and locate landforms (plateaus, islands, hills, mountains, valleys) and bodies of water (creeks, ponds, lakes, oceans) in photographs, maps and 3-D models.

 

  1. Temperate Zone maps - North America - South America - Europe - Asia
  2. Where is Japan - Students use the four cardinal directions to find real places on a map. (Author - Sandi King)
  3. Puzzle Maps from iKnowThat.com - From the Physical Features section select; Gulf Region, Bay Area, Plains Region, Canyon Region, or Continents and Ocean. After selecting one you will be asked to register. Click on "Maybe Later," to go to the game. Each game has a "Read it to Me" button.   You can find similar activities at Label Maps or Clue Maps
  4. Map Games   You will find quite a few games that will allow the students to learn and have fun at the same time.  You will find map games for many different grade levels.  Please choose the correct one for you.  THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SITE.

5. Compare how land is used in urban, suburban and rural environments.

 

 

6. Identify ways in which people have responded to and modified the physical environment such as building roads and clearing land for urban development.

 

 

Economics

1. Explain how resources can be used in various ways (e.g., a bushel of corn could be fed to cows, used to make sweetener, or converted to fuel).

 

  1. Different Tribes - Compare daily life of Native American tribes from different regions and times. (Author - Laurie Ayers)

2. Explain how people are both buyers and sellers of goods and services.

 

  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas

 

 

3. Recognize that most people work in jobs in which they produce a few special goods or services.

 

  1. Little Bill the Producer! - This lesson (from EconEd Link) teaches the most basic vocabulary about production. People who make goods and provide services are called producers.

4. Explain why people in different parts of the world earn a living in a variety of ways.

 

  1. Temperate Zone maps - North America - South America - Europe - Asia

 

5. Recognize that money is a generally accepted medium of exchange for goods and services and that different countries use different forms of money.

 

  1. Kids Bank Have fun in this learning website as you explore some of the fundamentals of money. Learn the basics of banking, and a little about how savings, interest, checking and other banking activities work. There are also quizzes to test what you have learned.

Government

1.  Identify leaders such as mayor, governor and president, and explain that they are elected by the people.

 

  1. State of Ohio Government Info and Services This web site has information on each branch of the State government, including current officials, issues, and resources.
  2. The White House for Kids This site has loads of great information, pictures, and activities about the president, the White House, and more, all at a great level for kids.
     

2. Explain how a system of government provides order to a group such as a school or community and why government is necessary including:

a.      Making and enforcing laws; 

b.      Providing leadership;

c.       Providing services;

d.      Resolving disputes.

 

  1. Our Government This web site provides easy to understand information (along with pictures) about our government, why we have it, and what it does for us.
     

3. Explain the importance of landmarks in the United States and the ideals that they represent including:

a.      The Washington Monument;

b.      The Jefferson Memorial;

c.       The Lincoln Memorial.

 

  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  2. More Famous People
  3. Symbols of U.S. Government This web site offers good explanations and pictures about government buildings, statues, monuments, symbols, and more.
 

 

4. Explain the purpose of rules in the workplace.

 

 

5. Predict the consequences of following rules or violating rules in different settings.

 

 

Citizenship Rights
and Responsibilities

1. Demonstrate skills and explain the benefits of cooperation when working in group settings:

a.      Manage conflict peacefully;

b.      Display courtesy;

c.       Respect others.

 

  1. Out on a Limb - A Guide to Getting Along This site uses cute animations, reads aloud to the student, and has lots of interactivity to teach about conflict resolution.

 

2. Demonstrate self-direction in tasks within the school community (e.g., classroom, cafeteria and playground).

 

 

3. Demonstrate citizenship traits including:

a.      Honesty;

b.      Self-assurance;

c.       Respect for the rights of others;

d.     Persistence;

e.      Patriotism.

 

  1.  Famous People  Webpage with famous people
  2.  More Famous People webpage with famous people
  3. Absolutely Whootie - Stories to Grow By  This commercial site has a fabulous selection of stories from around the world that are free. The stories are organized by type, age appropriateness, moral taught, and time to read. Character education activities, simple writing worksheets and coloring pages are provided.
  4. A to Z Teacher Stuff Character Education Page This site has links to lesson plans, web pages, and other resources dealing with character education 

 

Social Studies Skills
 and Methods

1. Obtain information from oral, visual and print sources.

 

 

2. Identify sources used to gather information:

a.      People;

b.      Printed materials;

c.       Electronic sources.

 

  1. Kids Port Great site to assist in all areas

 

3. Predict the next event in a sequence.

 

 

4. Distinguish the difference between fact and fiction in oral, visual and print materials.

 

 

5. Communicate information in writing.

 

 

6. Use problem-solving/decision-making skills to identify a problem and gather information while working independently and in groups.