Second graders continue an integrative approach of Social Studies by exploring aspects of self, others, families and communities across the world in developmentally responsive ways.
As students are acquainted with diverse peers, they develop awareness of the similarities among individuals in their lives as well as within the school, community and world. Comparing family traditions enables students to accept and appreciate their pluralistic society and acquire a sense of purpose regarding their role and the role of other citizens within the community and world.
Students develop geographic awareness of their surroundings by using geographic representations to process information about locations using maps and globes. They learn that people not only use the environment, but also modify or adapt to it.
In history, students begin to develop the ability to think like a historian as they acquire knowledge of history to understand the past and present. Students begin to appreciate the influence history has on their daily lives as they identify contributions of historical figures. They examine why certain events and people are celebrated through national holidays.
In economics, students develop and build upon basic economic concepts by relating them to their own wants and needs.
Link to NC SS Standards: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curriculum/socialstudies/scos/k-2.pdf