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GRADE TWO SOCIAL STUDIES – C3

The aim of Social Studies is the promotion of civic competence – the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required of students to be active and engaged participants in public life.  Civic ideals and practices enable students to learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizens of a democracy, and to appreciate the importance of active citizenship.

District 103, in partnership with neighboring districts, has begun the revision of the Social Studies curriculum which currently reflects the Illinois Social Studies Standards. The revision process is being guided by the newly issued College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework, and is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education. To view the entire document that explains the C3 Framework, please visit: http://www.socialstudies.org/c3

Three interchangeable units span the entire school year:

Discovering Diversity within our Community

Human beings create, learn, share and adapt to culture. The study of culture examines the socially transmitted beliefs, values, institutions, behaviors, traditions and way of life of a group of people: it also encompasses other cultural attributes and products, such as language, literature, music, arts and artifacts, and foods.  Students come to understand that human cultures exhibit both similarities and differences, and they learn to see themselves as both individuals and as members of a particular culture that shares similarities with other cultural groups, but is also distinctive. Young learners interact with class members and discover culturally-based likenesses and differences.  They begin to identify the cultural basis for some celebrations and ways of life in their community and in examples from across the world.

Making a Difference:  Contributors & Stewardship

Individuals bring specific abilities, interests and talents in working with others to make decisions and solve problems.  Studying important people in the community and nation, at the present time or in the past enhances their own development and identity.  The theme of civic ideals and practices helps students know how we can have influence on how people live and act together.  Key practices in a democratic society include civic participation based on studying issues, planning, decision-making, voting and cooperating to promote civic ideals.  Young learners develop these practices by developing a plan in collaboration with others to carry out an improvement project.

Our Local Environment: Then & Now (Goods and Services)

The study of people, places and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world.  Students learn where people and places are located and why they are there.  They examine the influence of physical systems, such as climate, weather and seasons, and natural resources, such as land and water, on human populations.  They study the causes, patterns and effects of human settlement and migration and investigate the impact of human activities on the environment. This enables them to acquire a useful basis of knowledge for informed decision-making on issues arising from human-environmental relationships.  Studying the past makes it possible for us to understand the human story across time.  Young learners learn to locate themselves in time and space.  They gain experience with sequencing to establish a sense of order and time, and begin to understand the historical concepts that give meaning to the events that they study. Young children learn how science and technologies influence beliefs, knowledge and their daily lives.  They study how transportation has evolved and contribute to global changes. Young learners draw upon immediate personal experiences in their neighborhoods, towns, cities and states, as well as peoples and places distant and unfamiliar, to explore geographic concepts and skills.  They learn to use maps, globes and other geographic tools.  Young learners ask and find answers to questions about the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in the school and community.  They analyze the differences between wants and needs.  They participate in simulated experiences to understand an economic system.

Our Local Environment: Then & Now  (Native Americans)

The study of people, places and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world.  Students learn where people and places are located and why they are there.  They examine the influence of physical systems, such as climate, weather and seasons, and natural resources, such as land and water, on human populations.  They study the causes, patterns and effects of human settlement and migration and investigate the impact of human activities on the environment.

This enables them to acquire a useful basis of knowledge for informed decision-making on issues arising from human-environmental relationships.  Studying the past makes it possible for us to understand the human story across time.  Young learners learn to locate themselves in time and space.  They gain experience with sequencing to establish a sense of order and time, and begin to understand the historical concepts that give meaning to the events that they study. Young children learn how science and technologies influence beliefs, knowledge and their daily lives.  They study how transportation has evolved and contribute to global changes. Young learners draw upon immediate personal experiences in their neighborhoods, towns, cities and states, as well as peoples and places distant and unfamiliar, to explore geographic concepts and skills.  They learn to use maps, globes and other geographic tools.  Young learners ask and find answers to questions about the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in the school and community.  They analyze the differences between wants and needs.  They participate in simulated experiences to understand an economic system.

The above units were selected and created by District 103 teaching staff.

 


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