Second Grade Social Studies

Second Grade Studies Weekly

Welcome each second-grader back to school with his or her own copy of Second Grade Studies Weekly. Each full-color, glossy issue takes students through concepts about his or her community, state, country and world. And you can relax because Second Grade Studies Weekly is based on common learning objectives and standards for second grade social studies, with a list of covered standards inside each issue making planning the weekly lessons a snap! These features, along with other state-mandated parameters, prompted the Florida State Department of Education to recommend Second Grade Studies Weekly for state adoption as a major classroom tool in 2005.

Second Grade Studies Weekly's unique format is perfect for use in traditional classrooms, and can also be used for home school. And, as with all Studies Weekly periodicals, is part of a teaching system developed by our teacher/authors that's fun and engaging for students-and efficient and affordable for teachers. The magazines feature standards-based lessons, comprehensive assessments and fun activities. Your second grade students will enjoy the activities without realizing they are being assessed! And it's no problem for the students to take the publications home and highlight right on the pages of these renewable teaching tools.

Our teacher supplements make it easy to plan and teach the material in Second Grade Studies Weekly. A simple-to-use teacher supplement is included for each magazine. This handy supplement contains guided reading strategies, discussion questions, word wall words, words to know, literature links, language arts connections, math connections, and ESE strategies. There are graphic organizers and best practices available in pdf format, for you to download for classroom use.

Second Grade Studies Weekly comes delivered to your classroom as 24 four-page glossy 8.5" x 11" publications, shipped in four installments (each shipment contains six weekly magazines). Included with your classroom subscription of 10 or more is a poster-sized "Big" edition of each issue-perfect for use as a front-of-class visual aid.

See how the 2nd Grade Studies Weekly curriculum can help in your classroom by looking through the scope and sequence below:

Week 1 - American Symbols and Holidays Students will learn about American symbols (e.g., the American flag and the Bald Eagle) and the proper way to take care of the American flag. They will also discuss the importance of being honest.
Week 2 - Location and Distance Students will learn the locations of various places in the community and state. They will also learn ways to measure and describe distance.
Week 3 - Rules and Responsibility, Authority Figures Students will extend and refine their knowledge of rules and the consequences of breaking them. They will learn that people in authority have limits on their authority.
Week 4 - Citizenship and Privacy Students learn some qualities of a good citizen and understand the benefits and consequences of fulfilling or not fulfilling their responsibilities. They will learn that privacy is a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
Week 5 - History and Time Students will extend and refine their knowledge that history tells the story of people and events from different times and places. They will also apply calendar time to school and communityevents and learn about the ancient Aztec calendar.
Week 6 - Transportation and Communication Students will discuss changes in transportation and communication over time and the ways these changes affect people's lives. They will determine the advantages and disadvantages of various types of transportation.
Week 7 - Explorers Students will learn about world explorers of the pre-Renaissance period (e.g., Christopher Columbus, Ponce de Leon and Marco Polo) and U.S. explorers prior to 1880 (e.g., Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea).
Week 8 - Trade Helps Families Students will learn how trade helps families around the world meet their basic needs. They will discuss how scarcity affects the choices families make.
Week 9 - The First Thanksgiving Students will learn about the Mayflower Compact and the hardships the Pilgrims suffered in America, including disease and scarcity. They will also learn how Wampanoag Indians like Samoset and Squanto helped the Pilgrims survive.
Week 10 - American Indians Students will learn about American Indian culture and how their culture is transmitted through their art, stories and celebrations. They will also discuss how American Indians often communicated by sign language.
Week 11 - Children Around the World Students will learn about daily life in various countries and will compare the lives of children around the world with their own lives. They will also extend and refine their knowledge of how families around the world meet some of their basic needs.
Week 12 - Holiday Celebrations of Cultures and Countries Students will extend and refine their knowledge of holiday celebrations in selected cultures and countries around the world. They will understand that holidays reflect the beliefs and traditions of a culture.
Week 13 - Post-Renaissance Scientists and Inventors Students will extend and refine their knowledge of the lives and accomplishments of selected post-Renaissance scientists and inventors from various backgrounds and cultures.
Week 14 - Maps Students will learn about map legends, coordinates, key symbols and directions. They will discuss the elements of scale, distance and relative location.
Week 15 - Arctic and Antarctic Regions Students will learn about the Arctic and Antarctic in terms of the four spatial elements (point, line, area and volume) and their physical and human characteristics.
Week 16 - Climate, Location and Physical Environment Students will understand ways climate, location and physical environment affect the way people live. They will also learn about regions and landforms.
Week 17 - Patriotism and Presidents Students will extend and refine their knowledge of presidents and other patriotic men and women in the United States prior to 1880 (e.g., Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass).
Week 18 - American Monuments Students will extend and refine their knowledge of important buildings, statues and monuments associated with American history (e.g., Independence Hall, the Alamo, Ellis and Angel Islands).
Week 19 - American Values, Principles and Beliefs Students will extend and refine their knowledge of the way American symbols reflect the shared values and beliefs of Americans. They will learn that people can be symbols of American courage (e.g., veterans, Chief Joseph, Cesar Chavez).
Week 20 - Elected Officials, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Students will learn about major elected officials in their community (e.g., mayor, city commissioner). They will understand that rights and responsibilities reinforce each other and promote the common good.
Week 21 - Changes in Communities Students will extend and refine their knowledge of ways people modify their physical environment and the consequences of these changes. They will describe ways to conserve and replenish natural resources.
Week 22 - Resources and Economic Choice Students will extend and refine their knowledge of human, natural and capital resources and the ways they are used. They will give examples of economic choices and know that there are costs and benefits of making choices.
Week 23 - Work and Income Students will extend and refine their knowledge of the requirements of various jobs, understand that most people work to produce goods or services and understand that work provides income.
Week 24 - Money, Markets and Economic Interdependence Students will understand the purpose of markets and the functions of a bank. They will also understand that people in different places depend on each other for goods and services.