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2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum

2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum
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Having a society of educated and helpful citizens begins with modeling good citizenship on a daily basis for our children. Early elementary learners also need focused instruction history, geography, government, and economics. In 2nd grade, social studies often overlaps with other subjects such as reading, writing, and math. Students have the opportunity to integrate much of what they are learning into the activities and projects of their social studies curriculum.

This page will guide parents on what topics they may cover when teaching second grade social studies, as well as the goals that they are aiming for. You will also get an understanding of how Time4Learning’s social studies curriculum is a powerful partner in your homeschool plan for second grade.

What Do You Teach in 2nd Grade Social Studies?

For many students, second grade is the first year of dedicated instruction in social studies. The specific content may vary from state to state, however, most second graders will be acquiring an understanding of:

  • What humans must have to survive (needs vs wants)
  • Their place in the world (basic geography skills)
  • Their national identity (American holidays, landmarks, and symbols)
  • Their community (what makes a community and the jobs that keep it operating)

When choosing a 2nd grade social studies curriculum, you want to find one that offers standards-based content while promoting civic competence. A good curriculum will help students think critically, look at issues from many perspectives, and emphasize active engagement in the community and the world.

Learn more about Time4Learning’s second grade social studies curriculum by checking out the 2nd grade social studies scope and sequence and the 2nd grade social studies lesson plans.

Social Studies Objectives for Second Grade

By the time your child has completed second grade, your homeschooler will have a much better sense of where they fit into their community, their country, and their world. A standards-based program will target goals like:

  • Understanding basic economic concepts
  • Using geographic representations to process information
  • Understanding the roles of citizens
  • Recognizing key national symbols
  • Awareness of key national holidays

In addition to direct instruction in these areas, there are 2nd grade social studies activities that will enhance your child’s learning. Look for opportunities to incorporate historical homeschool field trips into your schedule. Play grade-appropriate games that highlight geography skills. And check out library books that feature patriotic themes.

Why Choose Time4Learning 2nd Grade Social Studies Homeschool Curriculum?

Children love using the computer to learn. From 2nd through 12th grade, social studies instruction is included with your Time4Learning subscription. Our social studies program for elementary school includes hundreds of activities that cover a wide range of topics such as economics, geography, and U.S. history.

The interactive, comprehensive curriculum helps students gain a thorough understanding of all the progress that has taken place in the past and how it affects our way of life today. Whether you choose to use TIme4Learning as a complete curriculum or a supplement, below are just some of the benefits and features you can expect.

As a Full Curriculum
  • Engaging, multimedia based lessons and activities make learning fun.
  • Students learn important concepts on topics like geography, historic places, human needs, and more.
  • Automated grading and recordkeeping makes it simple to keep track of your child’s progress and create homeschool portfolios.
  • Detailed lesson plans provide information on every lesson.
  • Curriculum calculators help parents plan their year and activity planners make it easy to create schedules for students.
  • Parent dashboard features tons of tools and resources, plus the ability to preview lessons.
  • Printable worksheets accompany many lessons to help students enhance online material.
As a Supplement
  • 24/7 access means students can log in anytime, after school, even on weekends.
  • Adjustable grade levels allow students to work at different grades by subject and change levels at any time.
  • Self-paced program means that students can learn at their own pace, and even repeat lessons and retake tests and quizzes.
  • Students can work on the subjects/lessons they need help with and skip those they have mastered.
  • No contracts means families can use the curriculum as long as they need; they can start, stop, or pause their membership at any time.
  • Convenient, online format eliminates the need to drive to the library or pay for expensive tutors.

Additional 2nd Grade Homeschool Resources

PreK - 8th

  • Monthly, first student
  • ($14.95/mo for each additional PreK-8th student)

9th - 12th

  • Monthly, per student
  • ($14.95/mo for each additional PreK-8th student)

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