Grade 2 – The Local Community
In second grade, students continue an integrative approach to social studies through the context of the local community. This is the first time students are introduced to a social environment larger than their immediate surroundings. They draw upon knowledge learned in previous grades to further develop more sophisticated understandings as they explore the social studies disciplines of civics and government, geography, economics and history.
Instruction is based on Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and teachers use an inquiry approach to help children develop an understanding of their local community. Instructional support resources include a student text, People and Places(Scott Foresman, 2008), a binder of activities, a variety of related trade books, leveled readers, and Smart Board activities.