Social Studies Syllabus

Course Name:  Second Grade Social Studies
Instructor Name:  Deanna Kolle
Contact Information:
      Call 348-5531 to schedule a conference before or after school.

Course Description:  
We will be using Scott Foresman People and Places Textbook Level 2, videos, and trade books.  This course is designed to introduce basic social studies concepts in the areas of civics-government, economics, geography, Kansas, United States and World History on a second grade level.

Learning/Developmental Goals:
This course is designed to meet Kansas state standards for 2nd grade social studies.   Kansas state standards may be found at:

Learning Outcome:
The student will demonstrate mastery of the state standards using formal and informal assessments along with teacher observation.

Instructional Units:

Unit 1 –Where We Live
*Identify ways people can work together in the classroom and community by obeying rules and laws.
*Explain how rules can be made and changed by voting
*Identify people who model good citizenship
*Use a problem-solving process
*Recognize diversity in communities
*Use a map key, key symbols, and cardinal directions to read simple maps
*Draw maps to show places
*Use vocabulary related to chronology, including past, present, and future
*Name several sources of information about a given period
*Compare rural, urban, and suburban, communities
*Identify contributions of contemporary figures
*Locate communities, states, and countries on maps.
*Identify state and national symbols.
*Identify individuals of past and present significance to the community and nation.

Unit 2 –Our Earth
*Identify landforms and bodies of water
*Identify major landforms and bodies of water on a map
*Compare similarities and differences among families in different communities.
*Explain that areas can be classified as regions according to physical criteria.
*Understand how physical characteristics of places and regions affect people’s activities and settlement patterns.
*Distinguish between producing and consuming
*Trace the development of a product from a natural resource to a finished product
*Obtain information from a variety of sources such as photographs
*Identify characteristics of good citizenship such as a belief in justice, truth, equality, and responsibility for the common good
*Learn how people depend on the physical environment and its resources to meet their needs.
*Identify ways to conserve and replenish natural resources.
*Interpret and construct a bar graph
*Identify ways people can conserve and replenish natural resources.
*Identify characteristics of good citizenship such as belief in justice, truth, equality, and responsibility for the common good

Unit 3 –Working Together
*Explain how work provides income to purchase goods and services
*Explain the choices people make about earning, spending, and saving money
*Use a decision-making process
*Explain that scarcity requires people to make choices
*Identify ordinary people who exemplify good citizenship
*Identify people who provide services to our community
*Identify historic figures who have exemplified good citizenship.
*Obtain information from visual materials---- diagram.
*Distinguish between producing and consuming
*Identify ways people are both producers and consumers
*Trace the development of a product from natural resources to finished product.
*Use a map to follow a route
*Explain the choices people can make about earning, spending, and saving money.
*Obtain information from a pie chart
*Construct a pie chart
*Identify people who exemplify good citizenship
*Explain how countries are linked by trade and transportation.
*Distinguish between the use of barter and money in the exchange of goods and services.
Unit 4 – Our Country Today
*Identify the functions of government
*Compare the roles of public officials
*Describe how governments establish order, provide security, and manage conflict
*Use tables to categorize information
*Identify selected symbols such as state birds and flowers
*Identify functions of government
*Identify characteristics of  good citizenship such as a belief in justice, truth, equality, and responsibility for the common good.
*Identify significant individuals in United States history who have improved worked to achieve equality and improve individual lives.
*Identify ways that public officials are selected, including election and appointment to office.
*Describe the United States as a country that votes for its leaders and lawmakers.
*Identify Jamestown, Virginia as the place where English speaking people in North America first used a representative form of government
*Identify Congress as our present day representative body
*Identify contributions of historical figures who have influenced the community, state, and nation.
*Identify significant individuals in United States History
*Identify patriotic songs, symbols, and mottoes
* Identify buildings, statues, and monuments associated with national history
*Fnd locations on a map
*Identify flags as national symbols around the world
Unit 5 –Our Country Long Ago
*Compare Native American cultures from different regions and times.
*Explain ways climate, location, and physical surroundings affect the way people live.
*Explain how people have influenced local community history.
*Identify significant aspects of the lives and accomplishments of selected historical figures.
*Identify the characteristics of good citizenship
*Explain that English colonists and Native American populations traded goods.
*Identify the types of goods that were traded and describe how trade changed the way the Native Americans lived
*Describe how weather patterns, natural resources, seasonal patterns, and natural hazards affect activities and settlement patterns
*Explain the significance of events honored in commemorative holidays, such as Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Veteran’s Day Etc.
*Use a map scale to determine distance
*Explain how selected customs and celebrations reflect an American love of individualism and freedom.
*Identify historic figures, such as Paul Revere, Sojourner Truth, who have exemplified good citizenship.
*Create and interpret a timeline
*Describe how science and technology have changed transportation

Unit 6 –People and Places in History
*Explain that the United States is a land of people who have diverse ethnic origins
*Explain how selected customs and celebrations reflect as American love of individualism, inventiveness, and freedom
*Identify examples of local cultural heritage
*Describe and measure calendar time
*Identify and explain the significance of various community, state, and national landmarks
*Explain how people influence communities
*Use designations of time periods such as ancient times and modern times
*Locate Egypt and China on a World map
*Explain how the contributions of China & Egypt have influences the present world in terms of architecture, inventions, the calendar, and written language
*Identify how Robert Fulton exhibited a love of inventiveness

Grading Policy:  Daily Assignments are graded and students are required to correct them until they are without errors.  Percentages are only placed on tests.

Grade Scale:
A    100% -  91%
B      90% -  82%
C      81% -  73%
D      72% - 64%
F       63% & below

Make-Up Work:  If an absence is excused, you will have two days for every day that is missed to make up the work.

Homework:   Homework is not an optional assignment, therefore it is expected to be completed.  All homework is due the following class day.

Planner: Students will be expected to write all homework assignments and tests in the student planner daily.  Parents should read and sign the planner daily, even if there is no homework, as a form of communication.

Expectations:  Students are reminded to always try and do their personal best.  Students are also reminded that cheating will not be tolerated.

Soc. Studies  Schedule:     2:45-3:25   Monday
                                           2:00–2:45   Tuesday & Thursday
                                           2:36- 3:00  Wednesday
                                           2:00-2:30    Friday