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Looking for a way to bring Georgia history to life for your second graders? Georgia Studies Weekly—My State is just what you need to introduce young minds to the exciting story of Georgia.
Written by Jan Bernard, a Georgia teacher with 30 years of classroom experience, this publication covers 100% of the 2nd Grade Georgia Performance Standards for Social Studies. Each week your second graders will be on the edges of their seats as they learn about Georgia from its founding to the present. With full-color illustrations and fascinating articles, these papers will have your students asking, “Is it time for Studies Weekly?” every day!
Georgia Studies Weekly—My State is state adopted. This means that the Georgia Department of Education evaluated these instructional materials and officially recommends their use as primary/basal social studies curriculum tools. State textbook funds may be used to purchase these publications for students. This classroom magazine is based on the Georgia's GPS (Georgia Performance Standards) state standards for second grade social studies.
A teacher supplement is included with each subscription for ten or more copies. The teacher supplement for each weekly newspaper contains discussion questions, answers to crossword puzzles and other activities; a weekly assessment, and more.
This is an ideal tool to help students prepare with non-fiction reading and comprehension for Georgia state testing and is likely the first significant resource available for teaching the Georgia Performance Standards.
Georgia Studies Weekly-My State Covers 100% of Georgia Performance Standards for 2nd Grade Social Studies
Georgia Second Grade Scope and Sequence
Week 1: Rules and Laws - Students will learn why rules and laws are important. They will discuss how a citizen shows responsibility by obeying laws, voting and paying taxes.
Week 2: Our Government - Students will understand the concept of government by learning about elections, elected leaders, government services and citizen participation. Students will learn about the importance of the Constitution to our form of government.
Week 3: Capitals and Capitol Buildings - Students will learn about the U. S. capital in Washington, D. C., and the state capital in Atlanta. Students will locate these capitals on a map and will become familiar with the national and state capitol buildings.
Week 4: Georgia Regions - Students will locate the geographic regions of Georgia, i.e., the Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau. Students will use cardinal and intermediate directions to locate regions.
Week 5: Georgia Rivers - Students will locate the major rivers in Georgia, including the Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, Savannah, St. Mary's, Chattahoochee and the Flint rivers. Students will use a simple map key and a compass rose.
Week 6: James Oglethorpe and Tomochichi - Students will learn about the life and legacy of James Oglethorpe and discuss how his relationship with Tomochichi helped in the establishment of the Georgia colony. Students will compare and contrast Oglethorpe's daily life to their own lives.
Week 7: James Oglethorpe and Tomochichi - Students will learn how James Oglethorpe and Tomochichi displayed positive character traits, e.g., honesty, dependability trustworthiness, etc. Students will learn how the Georgia region in which these historical figures lived affected their lives. They will compare these regions to the region in which the student now lives using cardinal directions and a graphic organizer.
Week 8: Mary Musgrove - Students will learn about the contributions Mary Musgrove made to the founding of Georgia. Students will compare and contrast the lives of both Mary Musgrove and Tomochichi to their own lives today.
Week 9: Mary Musgrove - Students will learn how Mary Musgrove showed dependability, trustworthiness, honesty and patience in her dealings with Oglethorpe. They will discuss how the Georgia region in which she lived affected her life and will compare this region to the region in which the student now lives. Students will compare a map of the area during Mary Musgrove's time to a map of the area today.
Week 10: The Creek and Cherokee - Students will learn where the Creek and Cherokee lived and how the people used natural resources. They will use a map and map key to locate areas inhabited by these American Indians.
Week 11: Comparing the Lives of Georgia Indians to Our Lives Today - Students will compare and contrast the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past to cultures found in Georgia today. They will use geographic tools to display information they learned.
Week 12: Sequoyah - Students will identify the contributions made by Sequoyah to the Cherokee people. They will compare and contrast communication, transportation, rights and freedoms in the life of Sequoyah, with their own lives.
Week 13: Sequoyah - Students will discover how Sequoyah showed the character traits of liberty, patience and compassion during his life. Students will learn how the Georgia region in which he lived affected his life and will compare this region to the region in which the student now lives. Students will use a map key and a letter/number grid system to determine location.
Week 14: Jackie Robinson - Students will learn about the life of Jackie Robinson and his contribution to the desegregation of baseball. They will compare and contrast the life and times of Jackie Robinson to their own lives.
Week 15: Jackie Robinson - Students will learn about the positive character traits displayed by Jackie Robinson, which include good sportsmanship, patience, liberty and honor. Students will discuss how they can show these traits in their own lives.
Week 16: Martin Luther King Jr. - Students will learn how Martin Luther King, Jr., worked to tear down racial barriers in the United States. They will discuss and understand his struggle for civil rights. They will describe how his everyday life was similar to and different from their lives today.
Week 17: Martin Luther King Jr. - Students will look at the life lived by Martin Luther King, Jr., to learn about liberty, civility, patience, and compassion. Students will look at the region of Georgia where King lived and discuss how this location influenced his life and actions. Students will trace the development of his ideas of civil rights over time by organizing items chronologically.
Week 18: Jimmy Carter - Students will learn about the leadership and contributions of Jimmy Carter, including his work for world peace that led to the Nobel Peace Price. Students will also describe how his life is similar to and different from their own.
Week 19: Jimmy Carter - Students will discuss how Jimmy Carter has displayed compassion, civility, liberty and honor. Students will trace examples of travel as well as contributions of Jimmy Carter, and compare those regions and contributions to the student's own experiences. Students will discuss volunteerism and how it helps communities.
Week 20: Goods and Services - Students will identify ways in which goods and services are allocated in communities. This includes price, majority rule, contests, force, sharing, lottery, command and first come first served.
Week 21: Money - Students will learn how people use money to obtain the goods and services they want. They will discuss bartering and how money makes trade easier than barter.
Week 22: Scarcity - Students will learn that scarcity forces people to make choices and incur opportunity costs. Students will discuss the fact that all choices include benefits and costs.
Week 23: Personal Spending - Students will learn about the costs and benefits of personal spending and saving choices. They will discuss the purpose of banks.
Week 24: Maps - Students will use map and globe skills from the Social Studies Skills Matrices of the 2nd Grade Georgia Performance Standards. These skills include using cardinal directions, the number grid system and inch-to-inch map scale to determine distance on a map. They will review and reinforce map and globe skills learned in earlier issues.
K-5 Required to Read 50% Informational Text - Meet or exceed the 50% Informational Text requirement in your state with Studies Weekly. Teach CCSS-aligned Social Studies and Science content during your literacy block!
Staircase of Complexity - Lexile levels gradually increase over the course of each grade level. We provide researched-based lesson plans with scaffolding/differentiated instruction so that all students succeed.
Text-Based Answers - Students are required to write about what they read, perform additional research, cite sources and consider other points of view. Assessment questions require students to recall, examine and analyze the text they have read.
Writing from Sources - Students will develop research and media skills using primary and secondary sources. We provide 2.0 digital tool suggestions for creating online products like videos, avatars, posters and slide shows.
Academic Vocabulary - With domain-specific vocabulary for each lesson, our lesson plans help you teach students how to determine the meaning of unknown words within a text (CCSS for ELA RI.4).
Computer-Based, Machine-Scored Assessment for Grades 3-5 - Online assessment is provided at eStudiesweekly.com. With instant analysis, including pie charts for every question, you.ll identify where re-teaching or additional test-taking strategies are needed.
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