Social Studies in the primary school has a universal focus on community awareness and global citizenship. Daily interactions provide much of the foundation for social studies as students learn how to work together, navigate conflict, and be a productive member of the classroom and community. The beauty of diversity is explored, and there is a central focus on cultural competency, or the understanding of difference. Studies of people, the community, and how these are related help to connect the social studies curriculum between the grade levels.
Second grade focuses on specific countries in order to gain awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the similarities and differences that exist within our global community. This exposure is essential for the students’ future success in an ever-changing world. Students spend extended time in integrated units on Japan, India, and the Amazon Basin in conjunction with the study of the rainforest. These in-depth studies allow students to integrate music, art, drama, and other curricular areas into the units. Second graders also continue to build on map skills and geography, expanding their understanding to a more global view.
Goals and Objectives
- Define what makes a community and identify the different kinds of communities that exists in students’ lives
- Identify how a community governs itself and develop rules for the classroom community
- Utilize maps (physical and digital) to locate home, school, and neighborhood landmarks
China, Southeast Asia, Japan, and India Studies:
- Locate countries on the world map and recognize neighboring countries and geographical features
- Define and/or recognize population, area, language, currency, environment, and flag of the region
- Explore architecture, art, theater, literature, and language
- Research and have exposure to traditional and modern lifestyles, foods, and crafts
- Cooperate with partners to research a Southeast Asian country