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Social Studies

In second grade, students will learn about choices and consequences. They will engage in thinking and conversing about their own responsibility to take care of their community, focusing on cooperation and citizenship. They will also learn about how government plays a role in establishing and maintaining local community spaces.

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Inquiry Anchor Standard

Constructing Compelling Questions

SS.2.1. Explain why a compelling question is important.

Constructing Supporting Questions

SS.2.2. Generate supporting questions across the social studies disciplines related to compelling questions.

Gathering and Evaluating Sources

SS.2.3. Determine if a source is primary or secondary and distinguish whether it is mostly fact or opinion.

Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions

SS.2.4. Construct responses to compelling questions using reasoning, examples, and relevant details.

Taking Informed Action

SS.2.5. Take group or individual action to help address local, regional, and/or global problems.

SS.2.6. Use deliberative and democratic procedures to make decisions about and act on civic problems in their classrooms.

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Content Anchor Standard


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Behavioral Science

Recognize the Interaction Between the Individual and Various Groups

SS.2.7. Explain how people from different groups work through conflict when solving a community problem.

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Analyze Civic and Political Institutions

SS.2.8. Explain the purpose of different government functions.

Apply Civic Virtues and Democratic Principles

SS.2.9. Develop an opinion on a decision about a local issue.

Interpret Processes, Rules and Laws

SS.2.10. Determine effective strategies for solving particular community problems.


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Evaluate the National Economy

SS.2.11. Evaluate choices about how to use scarce resources that involve prioritizing wants and needs.

SS.2.12. Identify how people use natural resources to produce goods and services.

SS.2.13. Describe examples of the goods and services that governments provide.


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Financial Literacy

Develop Financial and Career Goals

SS.2.14. Explain how different careers take different levels of education.

Create a Saving and Spending Plan

SS.2.15. Evaluate choices and consequences for spending and saving.


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Create Geographic Representations

SS.2.16. Using maps, globes, and other simple geographic models, evaluate routes for people or goods that consider environmental characteristics.

Evaluate Human Environment Interaction

SS.2.17. Explain how environmental characteristics impact the location of particular places.

Analyze Human Population Movements and Patterns

SS.2.18. Describe how the choices people make impact local and distant environments.


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Analyze Change, Continuity, and Context

SS.2.19. Make a prediction about the future based on past related events.

SS.2.20. Determine the influence of particular individuals and groups who have shaped significant historical change.

Compare Perspectives

SS.2.21. Compare perspectives of people in the past to those in the present with regards to particular questions or issues.

Critique Historical Sources and Evidence

SS.2.22. Identify context clues and develop a reasonable idea about who created the primary or secondary source, when they created it, where they created it, and why they created it.

Justify Causation and Argumentation

SS.2.23. Given a set of options, use evidence to articulate why one reason is more likely than others to explain a historical event or development.

Iowa History

SS.2.24. Describe the intended and unintended consequences of using Iowa’s natural resources.

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Iowa Social Studies Standards Document


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