Grade 2
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The purpose of the Grade 2 curriculum is to give students their first concentrated study of the formative years of North American geography.

I. Explain how the Earth’s physical features impact human activities and societies

Students will leave Grade 2 with knowledge of fundamental concepts of Geography and understand that maps and globes are learning tools to help them learn about the world. Students will be able to locate and describe major physical features of the Earth including mountain ranges and bodies of water including major rivers of the world. Students will know the difference between a continent and countries and give examples of each. Students will also explain how Earth’s physical features have an impact on where people live and how people live (History, Geography, Economics). As students explore the different regions of the world, they will identify and describe sites, events, and landmarks from their family of origin. (History)

MA H/SS Standards:
CS2.1-CS2.8
(H, G, C), 2.1 (G), 2.2 (G), 2.3 (G), 2.4 (G), 2.5 (G), 2.6 (G), 2.7 (H, G, C)

Is the standard assessable & measureable?

Can this be measured year round?

Can the standard be easily aligned to Common Core?

Reading

Writing

Speaking & Listening

Mathematics

Yes

Yes

Literature: Yes
Informational: Yes
Foundational: Yes
Language: Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Suggested MA H/SS Topic Alignment with Overarching or Anchor Standard:


Sept.
Physical spaces, places & regions of the Earth (CS2.4-CS2.5, 2.1, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7)
Map & globe skills (CS2.4-CS2.5)

Oct.
WeeBee Tunes: Europe (2.1, 2.3-2.7)

Nov.
WeeBee Tunes: Asia (2.1, 2.3-2.7)

Dec.
WeeBee Tunes: Asia (2.1, 2.3-2.7)

Jan.
WeeBee Tunes: Africa (2.1, 2.3-2.7)

Feb.
WeeBee Tunes: Antarctica (2.1, 2.3-2.7)

Mar.
WeeBee Tunes: Australia (2.1, 2.3-2.7)

Apr.
WeeBee Tunes: South America (2.1, 2.3-2.7)

May
WeeBee Tunes: North America (2.1, 2.3-2.7)

Jun.
WeeBee Tunes: North America (2.1, 2.3-2.7)


Sources: MA History & Social Sciences Curriculum Framework (2003), pp. 17-18. MA Curriculum Framework for ELA and Literacy (2011), pp. 15, 18, 25-26, 31, 36-38. MA Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework (2006), pp.

Resources for History Teachers Wikispaces, http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/
Sheppard Software, http://sheppardsoftware.com/World_Continents.htm
Super Teacher Worksheets, http://www.superteacherworksheets.com
Wee Bee Tunes: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America


II. Explain how people from different cultures can share common experiences and live with one another

Students will leave Grade 2 with an understanding of how certain traditions and customs practiced in the United States came from another region of the world. Students will be able to describe the geography theme of movement and explain how the movement of peoples, goods, and ideas greatly impact the course of human history. (History, Geography) Students will also describe their relationship to the world by exploring their own ethnicity and family origin. (History) Students will describe the relationship between producers and consumers by explaining how some cultural traits (e.g., clothing, foods, technologies, etc.) are brought to the United States as imported goods (products) and why some of them are popular (and very expensive) to buy. (Economics)

MA H/SS Standards:
CS2.1-CS2.9
(H, G, C, E), 2.1 (G), 2.7 (H, G, C), 2.8 (G, C), 2.9 (H, G, C), 2.10 (H)

Is the standard assessable & measureable?

Can this be measured year round?

Can the standard be easily aligned to Common Core?

Reading

Writing

Speaking & Listening

Mathematics

Yes

Yes

Literature: Yes
Informational: Yes
Foundational: Yes
Language: Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Suggested MA H/SS Topic Alignment with Overarching or Anchor Standard:


Sept.
Exploring Culture Through Storytelling;
Culture Regions of the World
What is immigration?

Oct.
What are culture traits?
How do culture traits move and spread?
What are imports?
What is trade?

Nov.
Traditional foods from around the world

Dec.
Faiths; religions
How do people celebrate the holidays?
Holiday calendars (CS2.1)

Jan.
Clothing; fashion from around the world

Feb.
Music; songs from around the world

Mar.
Architectural design inspired/influenced from other regions of the world

Apr.
Languages; words we speak that came from other regions of the world

May
Habits & mannerisms from other cultures; tools used (e.g., eating utensils, etc.)

Jun.
Games & sports from around the world


Sources: MA History & Social Sciences Curriculum Framework (2003), pp. 17-18. MA Curriculum Framework for ELA and Literacy (2011), pp. 15, 18, 25-26, 31, 36-38.

Exploring Culture Through Storytelling, Scholastic, Inc., http://tinyurl.com/2u7nwmw
Culture Regions of the World, http://eduplace.com/kids/socsci/books/applications/imaps/maps/g6_u1/index.html#top
Resources for History Teachers Wikispaces, http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/2.8
CultureQuest, http://www.culturequest.us/cultural_studies_toolkit.htm
Culture: What is it? http://www.unitedstreaming.com


III. Explain the significance of notable individuals recognized for their great achievements

Students will leave Grade 2 with deep appreciation of notable individuals, past and present, recognized for their great achievements in science, education, politics, religion, business, military, sports, and the arts. (History, Civics) When learning about presidents and (local and state) elected officials, students will learn about leadership, and how citizens play a role in electing leaders and representatives. (Civics)

MA H/SS Standards:
CS2.6
(C), CS2.7 (C), 2.10 (H)

Is the standard assessable & measureable?

Can this be measured year round?

Can the standard be easily aligned to Common Core?

Reading

Writing

Speaking & Listening

Mathematics

Yes

Yes

Literature: Yes
Informational: Yes
Foundational: Yes
Language: Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Suggested MA H/SS Topic Alignment with Overarching or Anchor Standard:


Sept.
What is a biography?
Braintree Natives:
J. Adams
J. Quincy Adams
J. Hancock
S. Thayer
J. Wampatuck
MA Elected Leaders:
D. Patrick
J. Sullivan

Oct.
Explorers:
C. Columbus
F. Magellan
V. N. de Balboa
M. Polo
H. Hudson
MA Representatives:
S. F. Lynch
E. Warren
E. Markey

Nov.
Scientists:
A. Einstein
I. Newton
L. Pasteur
J. Salk
M. Curie
Military:
G. S. Patton
D. Eisenhower
C. Powell

Dec.
Musicians/Artists:
L. van Beethoven
W. Mozart
L. da Vinci
L. Armstrong
E. Fitzgerald
J. Lennon
N. Rockwell
Michelangelo

Jan.
Activists:
M. L. King, Jr.
F. Douglass
S. B. Anthony
R. Parks
B. T. Washington
S. Truth

Feb.
Presidents:
G. Washington
T. Jefferson
J. Madison
A. Lincoln
F. D. Roosevelt
J. F. Kennedy
R. Reagan
B. Obama

Mar.
Entrepreneurs:
F. C. Lowell
A. Carnegie
B. Gates
H. Hughes
S. Jobs
O. Winfrey
M. Zuckerberg

Apr.
Inventors:
B. Franklin
T. Edison
J. Gutenberg
A. G. Bell
H. T. Ford
Wright Brothers
G. Eastman

May
Athletes:
J. Robinson
G. “Babe” Ruth
L. Gehrig
J. DiMaggio
J. Owens
M. Ali
N. Kerrigan
S. & V. Williams

Jun.
Notable Women:
F. Nightingale
C. Barton
A. Earheart
E. Roosevelt
S. Day O’Connor
J. B. Kennedy Onassis
M. Obama
H. Clinton

* The above named are only SAMPLES of individuals whom students can research and learn. Categories of individuals are neither anchored nor tied to any particular month.

Sources: MA History & Social Sciences Curriculum Framework (2003), pp. 17-18. MA Curriculum Framework for ELA and Literacy (2011), pp. 15, 18, 25-26, 31, 36-38.
Methuen Public Schools, http://www.methuen.k12.ma.us/curriculum_social_studies_gr2.shtml
Resources for History Teachers Wikispaces, http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/
Biography.com
Infoplease.com/biography/