E Pluribus Unum: From Many, One

Second graders study world and United States history, geography, economics, and government by learning more about who Americans are and where they came from. They explore their own family’s history and listen to or read a variety of teacher- or student-selected stories about: distinctive individuals, peoples, achievements, customs, events, places, or landmarks from long ago and around the world. Students learn more economic concepts by identifying producers, consumers, buyers, and sellers in their own communities.

Content and Skills
Learning Standards
Performance Assessments
Geography, Land, and People (12 weeks)
CS2.4
CS2.5
LS2.1
LS2.2
LS2.3
LS2.4
LS2.5
LS2.6
LS2.7
Create a world map. Working in teams, student ‘cartographers’ will create an accurate world map for the latest edition from a major publishing company (Atlas Publishing Co.). This map must include the seven continents, along with their general characteristics (major rivers and mountain ranges). It should also include the five oceans, and the current boundaries of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Document Based Question: Why do people build their homes the way they do? What are certain resources and materials used?
Traditions and Customs (10 weeks)
CS2.1
CS2.2
CS2.3
CS2.4
CS2.5
CS2.7
LS2.8
LS2.9
Performance Tasks: Write a letter to persuade your families to adopt a new tradition. Explain the tradition or custom and why it is important.

Alternative: Write a letter to your school principal persuading him/her to adopt a new school tradition. Explain what the tradition or custom should be and why it is important.
Economics (4 weeks)
CS2.8
CS2.9

Performance Task: Choose one of your belongings or an item in your house. Write the name of it down and draw a picture of it. Next, write down as many natural, human, and capital resources you can think of that were used to make it.

Alternative: Students make an informative poster showcasing a newly designed item consisting of a natural and/or capital resources and what the purpose/benefit is.
Civic Rights and Equality for All (8 weeks)
CS2.6CS2.7
LS2.10
Performance Task: Create and produce a public service announcement to educate others on the differences of educational rights of children.