Social Studies Units
Unit 1: Geography
Interpret maps of the school and community that contain symbols and legends, and cardinal directions.
Interpret the meaning of symbols and the location of physical and human features on a map (cities, railroads, highways, countries, continents, oceans, etc.)
Unit 2: Understanding the past
Use timelines to show sequencing of events.
Identify contributions of historical figures (community, state, nation, and world) through various genres.
Compare various interpretations of the same time period using evidence such as photographs and interviews.
Unit 3: Civics and Government
2.C & G.1.1
Explain government services and their value to the community (libraries, parks, schools, etc.)
2.C & G.1.2
Explain how government establish order, provide security, and create laws to manage conflict.
2.C & G.2.1
Exemplify characteristics of good citizenship through historical figures and everyday citizens.
2.C & G.2.2
Explain why it is important for citizens to participate in their community.
Unit 1: Evolution and Genetics
Identify ways in which many plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance and ways they are different.
Recognize that there is variation among individuals that are related.
Unit 2: Weather
Summarize how energy from the sun serves as a source of light that warms the land, air, and water.
Summarize weather conditions using qualitative and quantitative measures to describe: temperature, wind speed, wind direction and precipitation.
Compare weather patterns that occur over time and relate observable patterns to time of day and year.
Recognize the tools that scientists use for observing, recording, and predicting weather changes from day to day and during the seasons.
Unit 3: Animal Life Cycle
Summarize the life cycle of animals: birth, developing into adult, reproducing, aging, and death.
Compare life cycles of different animals such as, but not limited to, mealworms, ladybugs, crickets, guppies, or frogs.
Unit 4: Environmental Impact
Give examples of ways in which people depend on the physical environment and natural resources to meet basic needs.
Explain how people positively and negatively affect the environment
Unit 5: Economics
Give examples of ways in which businesses in the community meet the needs and wants of consumers.
Explain the roles and impact producers and consumers have on the economy.
Summarize the concept of supply and demand.
Explain why people and countries around the world trade for goods and services.
Explain how money is used for saving, spending, borrowing, and giving.
Summarize the role of financial institutions relative to savings.
Unit 4: Changing States
Give examples of matter that change from a solid to a liquid and from a liquid to a solid by heating and cooling.
Compare the amount (volume and weight) of water in a container before and after freezing
Compare what happens to water left in an open container over time as to water left in a closed container.
Unit 6: Cultural Expressions
Explain how artistic expressions of diverse cultures contribute to the community (stories, art, music, food, etc.)
Recognize the key historical figures and events that are associative with various cultural traditions.
Exemplify respect and appropriate social skills needed for working with diverse groups.
Unit 5: Sound
Illustrate how sound is produced by vibrating objects and columns of air.
Summarize the relationship between sound and the objects of the body that vibrate- eardrum and vocal cords