Social Studies Grade 2   (#5021040)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

Who We Are As Americans: Second grade students will investigate the impact of immigration over time in the United States, explore the geography of North America, and discover the foundations of American citizenship.

Mathematics Benchmark Guidance – Social Studies instruction should include opportunities for students to interpret and create representations of historical events and concepts using mathematical tables, charts, and graphs.

Instructional Practices
Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:
  1. Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
  4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Social Studies. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:

General Information

Course Number: 5021040
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: SOC STUDIES 2
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 2

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

Telling Time with Tomás:

Come tell time with Tomás in 5 minute intervals on a digital and analog clock in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Stormy Days: Supporting Specific Points in Text:

Learn about stormy weather as you explore information text in this interactive tutorial. You’ll be able to identify specific points in text, identify the supporting reasons, and describe HOW the reasons support the specific points that the author makes in a text.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Topical Travels:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text in this vacation-themed interactive tutorial. You will also learn to identify paragraphs in a text, use key details to identify the topic of a paragraph, and identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text using the topics and details from each paragraph.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Problem-Solving Tasks

Delayed Gratification:

The purpose of this task is for students to compare two options for a prize where the value of one is given $2 at a time, giving them an opportunity to "work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication." This context also provides students with an introduction to the concept of delayed gratification, or resisting an immediate reward and waiting for a later reward, while working with money.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Saving Money 1:

The purpose of this task is for students to relate addition and subtraction problems to money and to situations and goals related to saving money. This task has students adding two 2-digit numbers that require regrouping and the solution shows a more concrete approach than the solution approach shown in 2.OA, NBT Saving Money 2. This problem can be adjusted based on where students are in their understanding of addition involving two digit numbers.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The Longest Walk:

The language in this task is above the reading level of many second grade students, so it is best for the teacher to explain the task to the students verbally. After students have drawn and measured their ten line segments, it might be more useful for the class to discuss part (b) as a whole group. It is a good idea to have the students use color to help them keep track of the connection between a line that they have drawn and the corresponding data point on the graph.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Visiting the Arcade:

The purpose of this task is to introduce students to the characteristics of money in a financial literacy sense as well as to solve problems involving money.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Susan's Choice:

The purpose of this task is to address the concept of opportunity cost through a real world context involving money. In economics, resources are limited, but our wants are unlimited. Therefore, choices must be made. Every choice involves a cost.

Type: Problem-Solving Task


Telling Time Examples #2:

Demonstrates how to tell time on unlabeled analog clocks to the nearest five minutes.

Type: Tutorial

Telling Time Examples #1:

Tell time on a labeled analog clock to the nearest five minutes.

Type: Tutorial

Virtual Manipulatives

Bar Chart:

This virtual manipulative is intended to introduce users to the idea of visual representation of data by means of a bar chart. This manipulative is also useful for letting the students categorize collections of familiar objects, (shoes, dry food items, coins etc.) separate them into sub-categories, and describe.

Type: Virtual Manipulative


This virtual manipulative will help the students to develop some familiarity with the currency, both coins and bills. Three different features of the manipulative will provide practice to the students:

  • Make a dollar gives students practice in the equivalence of different sets of coins.
  • How much money asks the student to total the value of the displayed bills and coins.
  • Pay exact amount could be used to model either payment or giving change.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Data Grapher:

Students use this interactive tool to explore the connections between data sets and their representations in charts and graphs. Enter data in a table (1 to 6 columns, unlimited rows), and preview or print bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts, and pictographs. Students can select which set(s) of data to display in each graph, and compare the effects of different representations of the same data. Instructions and exploration questions are provided using the expandable "+" signs above the tool.

Type: Virtual Manipulative


In this activity, students can create and view a histogram using existing data sets or original data entered. Students can adjust the interval size using a slider bar, and they can also adjust the other scales on the graph. This activity allows students to explore histograms as a way to represent data as well as the concepts of mean, standard deviation, and scale. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the java applet.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this course.