Grade 2

Social studies instruction is intended to provide the knowledge of content and appropriate skills so students can become active, involved citizens of the community. Students in Grade 2 will continue to build and develop skills in geography, economics, political science, culture, and history. During Grade 2, students will expand upon the foundational skills learned in Grade 1 to begin basic comparison and analysis studies in the five major areas of social studies. The current Grade 2 units of study include:

1. The United States
2. North America
3. Africa
4. History in Action

Students in Grade 2 should know and be able to:
  • Identify and compare the physical and human characteristics of communities in the United States, North America and Africa.
  • Identify and explain the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
  • Identify and explain the rights and responsibilities of citizens in the United States.
  • Identify and explain the rights and responsibilities of United States citizens, including how citizens elect government leaders.
  • Explain how people in Maryland, the United States and around the world are alike and different.
  • Analyze the past through the lens of archaeology.

Click here to view Grade 2 Year at a Glance Document