Last updated: 4/7/2019


Grade 2 Social Studies: Yearlong Overview + Inquiries

  Subject:   Social Studies, Social Studies (NYS K-12 Framework Common Core)
  Grade:   Elementary, 2nd Grade
  Unit Title:  

My Community and Other Communities

  Approx. Number of Weeks:  

Yearlong Overview

Unit Summary:

Grade 2:  My Community and Other Communities


“My Community and Other Communities” is organized into five units of study—Individual Development and Cultural Identity; Civic Ideals and Practices; Geography, Humans, and the Environment; Time, Continuity, and Change; and Economic Systems. These units represent five of the unifying themes of social studies, and may be presented in any order.


Students study their local community and learn about characteristics that define urban, suburban, and rural communities. Democratic principles and participation in government are introduced. Interaction with the environment and changes to the environment and their effects are examined. The concept of change over time and examining cause and effect are introduced. Students will examine the availability of resources and the interdependence within and across communities.

Next Generation Skills Addressed:
   Collaboration & Communication
   Creativity & Innovation
   Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
   Research & Information Fluency
   Social & Emotional Intelligence

1. What will students know and be able to do?


SS.2.ID.1 - A community is a population of various individuals in a common location. It can be characterized as urban, suburban, or rural. Population density and use of the land are some characteristics that define and distinguish types of communities.

SS.2.ID.2 - People share similarities and differences with others in their own community and with other communities.

SS.2.CIV.3 - The United States is founded on the principles of democracy, and these principles are reflected in all types of communities.

SS.2.CIV.4 - Communities have rules and laws that affect how they function. Citizens contribute to a community’s government through leadership and service.

SS.2.GEO.5 - Geography and natural resources shape where and how urban, suburban, and rural communities develop and how they sustain themselves.

SS.2.TCC.6 - Identifying continuities and changes over time can help understand historical developments.

SS.2.TCC.7 - Cause-and-effect relationships help us recount events and understand historical development.

SS.2.ECO.8 - Communities face different challenges in meeting their needs and wants.

SS.2.ECO.9 - A community requires the interdependence of many people performing a variety of jobs and services to provide basic needs and wants.

Essential Understandings:

The past creates who we are.  (H) 

Change occurs over time.  (H)

Where you live affects how you live.  (G)

Society manages its scarce resources.  (E)

Authority provides stability.  (Gov.)


Essential Questions:

Students will know:


Students will be able to:

Gather, interpret and use evidence

Apply chronological reasoning and consider causation

Compare and contextualize

Apply geographic reasoning

Analyze economics and economic systems

Engage in, and value, civic participation

*Social Studies Practices, from NYSED SS Framework

2. How will we – and they – know?

Authentic Performance Task:

Common Benchmark Assessment:

Report Card Indicators: 

Investigates and analyzes own community and rural, urban and suburban communities

Interprets the significance of national symbols and holidays

Explores and investigates social studies concepts


Report Card Alignment Tool:

ss report card alignment document gr 2 __2017.pdf

3. What learning activities will students participate in?

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