Social Studies in Second Grade
Through the lens of Origins, students explore the questions: "Where do we come from? Where are we going?” Students focus on the relationship between geography, economics, and history of indigenous people and various communities that have shaped our current Los Angeles landscape. In addition to identifying critical events of the past and present, students will imagine the future of Los Angeles through multiple perspectives and examine their own community connection and culture within their Los Angeles identity.
Among other skills, students will learn how to:
Map Skills, Geography, Sequencing
- Recognize and identify geographical features and places using map skills.
- Describe the relationship between a series of historical events through time, sequence, and cause/effect.
- Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
- Read purposefully asking and answering questions to demonstrate understanding, and referring to the text as evidence for answers.
- Develop research skills through the use of print and electronic sources to create basic research bibliographies.
- Apply information/media literacy skills to present quality research and information.
- Take notes through the use of a graphic organizer or template.
Historical Context and Cultural Competency
- Describe how people use resources to modify their physical environment, including current global environmental issues.
- Differentiate between rural, urban, and suburban communities, and connect regions’ resources and climate to diverse communities’ way of life.
- Identify characteristics of production and exchange in an economy.
- Identify and describe indigenous communities’ diverse national identities, religious beliefs, customs, and folklore traditions in their local region(s) from past to present.
- Draw from local historical and community resources to sequence the events and describe how each period of settlement impacted the indigenous communities and land.
- Trace the development and establishment of the Los Angeles community through multiple perspectives, and how Los Angeles has changed over time.
- Discuss the importance of good character and community memberships, including how to participate in classrooms, community and civic life.
- Explore the democratic process and various types of government and governance, while understanding the role of rules and laws in our daily lives.
- Understand and demonstrate the complexity of culture by exploring cultural elements of diverse groups and their impact on present day community elements.