2nd Grade 
Common Core History

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Historical Thinking and Skills
  1. Time can be shown graphically on calendars and timelines.

  2. Change over time can be shown with artifacts, maps, and photographs.


1. The Time Machine - This U.S. Mint site has twelve hyperlinked dates, each one tells a story. Outstanding!  

2. An index of timelines

3. 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!

4. 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.

5. 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.

  1. Science and technology have changed daily life.

  2. Biographies can show how peoplesí actions have shaped the world in which we live.




1. 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.

2.  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.

3. 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.

4. 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. 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. More Famous People

8. Ben Franklin uncover Power Point

9. Power Point by Max Wright

10. Power Point by Drew Hipps

11. Power Point by Rachel Gardner

12. How to create an Undercover Power Point presentation

Click on the Person your interested in learning more about!







Spatial Thinking
and Skills
  1. Maps and their symbols can be interpreted to answer questions about location of places.




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.

9.  Matching game on line for Continents and Oceans of the world

Places and Regions
  1. The work that people do is impacted by the distinctive human and physical characteristics in the place where they live.


Human Systems
  1. Human activities alter the physical environment, both positively and negatively.

  2. Cultures develop in unique ways, in part through the influence of the physical environment.

  3. Interactions among cultures lead to sharing ways of life.




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

Civic Participation and Skills

  1. Personal accountability includes making responsible choices, taking responsibility for personal actions and respecting others.

  2. Groups are accountable for choices they make and actions they take.

Rules and Laws
  1. There are different rules that govern behavior in different settings.






Economic Decision Making and Skills

  1. Information displayed on bar graphs can be used to compare quantities.





  1. Resources can be used in various ways.




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

Production and

  1. Most people around the world work in jobs in which they produce specific goods and 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.


  1. People use money to buy and sell goods and services.
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.

Financial Literacy

  1. People earn income by working.