Grade 2 Social Studies

Course Description

Semester A

Social Studies 2 introduces the concept of a government by first exploring the reason for laws and rules. Students learn about national laws, state laws, and consequences for breaking a law. Learners then explore the role of government and government leaders who uphold the law. Students then study the states (California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and their own state) and the nation. Learners will explore how American heroes have changed America today before transitioning to a study on the world government, maps, and the environment. This course concludes by spending time looking into the past and relating the past to the student’s life today. Social Studies 2 provides practice and assessments throughout each lesson that target the learning objectives and maximize instruction. By the end of this course, students have both a broad understanding of the world and a specific understanding of how the national and state government impact their own life.

Semester B

The second part of Social Studies 2 begins by introducing the concept of change over time through an understanding of transportation, recreation, and communication. Students will study famous historical inventors and design their own invention that solves a problem in their everyday lives. Students will understand the influence of perspective on historical events before launching into a relatable study of basic human needs. Students will understand the differences between needs and wants, producers and consumers, supply and demand, and goods and services. This course concludes with an examination of basic economics and an exploration of problems and solutions. By the end of this course, students will understand how society has changed over time and have a firm understanding of basic economics.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

2nd Grade


Course Materials List

*Materials listed should be acquired by the student prior to beginning work in the course.


2 Semesters


Social Studies 1

Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Guided Research Skills (with assistance of the learning coach)
  • Audio and Video Recording

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • Laws 
  • Government 
  • State 
  • Country 
  • World 
  • Historical American Heroes 
  • Geography  
  • Maps 
  • Environment 
  • Family History 

Semester B

Major Concepts

  • Historical Artifacts 
  • Science and Technology 
  • History Timeline 
  • Needs and Wants 
  • Goods and Services 
  • Producers and Consumers 
  • Resources 
  • Supply and Demand 
  • Economics 
  • World Trade