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Social Studies

2nd Grade

Social Studies 2 - Our Neighborhood, Our Community, Our Country(Link opens to previous resource page for Parkway K-2 Teachers)

Additional resources organized by unit are below.

1.  Governing Ourselves

  • The Pledge of Allegiance:  Full text of the Pledge from Ben's Guide to Government for Kids. 

  • Democracy Kids:  From Representative Democracy in America, this site includes information, videos, and games targeted to elementary students to help them understand the functions and purposes of government in the United States.

2.  Contributing to Our Country

  • Your Neighborhood:  From Ben's Guide to Government for Kids, this is a simple map of a neighborhood including the basic facilities that typically exist in a neighborhood.  Each icon on the man can be selected to find out a brief summary of each of the locations, i.e. school.

  • Community Club:  From Scholastic, this site introduces students to eight different workers in a community.

  • Community Helpers are at Your ServiceFrom EconEdLink, this site includes resources that introduce students to the concept of community while also introducing them to the economic concepts of goods, services, and role of government.  Included here are lesson ideas and some great resources for students.

3.  Our World Around Us

  • GeoNet Game:  From Houghton Mifflin, this game tests student understanding of regional differences within the United States and the world.

  • Interactive Map - Using a Compass Rose:  From Education Place, this site includes an interactive map of a neighborhood and poses three questions to students that engages them in the use of the compass rose to find the correct answer.

  • National Geographic Geography Games:  From National Geographic Kids, this site contains multiple geography-themed games.

  • Go on a Family Adventure:  From National Geographic Kids, this interactive game uses maps to help students "solve clues like an adventurer".

  • USA Map Games:  From Sheppard Software, this site includes many interactive games for USA geography.  Each game is presented in levels that vary in degree of difficulty from "Tutorial" to "Cartographer" and includes a voiceover announcing the name of the state or region when selected.

  • Explore the States:  From America's Story, this site provides a brief background and interesting facts about each of the 50 states.

4.  America:  Our Heritage, Our Landmarks, Our People

5.  Money! Money! Money! (and Barter too)

  • Escape from Barter Island:  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, this is an interactive site that introduces and allows students to apply the concept of bartering.
     
  • Big Banks, Piggy BanksFrom EconEdLink, this site includes resources that introduce students to the concept of banking.  Included here are lesson ideas and some great resources for students.

  • This Little Piggybank Went to Market:  From EconEdLink, this site includes resources that introduce students to the concept work and saving money in the bank.  Included here are lesson ideas and some great resources for students.

  • A Pet for Beans:  From EconEdLink, this site uses the story of Jack and the Beanstalk to introduce students to the concepts of barter and exchange.  The link to the audio version of the story is broken, but the .pdf version is still available for download.