Utah Core Standards Social Studies — Grade 2


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UT.SS.2.1

Students will recognize and describe how people within their community, state, and nation are both similar and different.

UT.SS.2.1.1.a

Explain the various cultural heritages within their community.

UT.SS.2.1.1.b

Explain ways people respect and pass on their traditions and customs.

UT.SS.2.1.1.c

Give examples of how families in the community borrow customs or traditions from other cultures.

UT.SS.2.1.2.a

Identify various cultural groups within the state and the nation.

UT.SS.2.1.2.b

Describe contributions of cultural groups to our state and nation.

UT.SS.2.1.2.c

Explain ways American Indians and immigrants have shaped both Utah's and America's culture (e.g., names of places, food, customs, celebrations).

UT.SS.2.1.2.d

Compare and contrast elements of two or more cultures within the state and nation (e.g., language, food, clothing, shelter, traditions, and celebrations).

UT.SS.2.2

Students will recognize and practice civic responsibility in the community, state, and nation.

UT.SS.2.2.1.a

Describe characteristics of being a good citizen through the examples of historic figures and ordinary citizens.

UT.SS.2.2.1.b

Explain the benefits of being a U.S. citizen (e.g., responsibilities, freedoms, opportunities, and the importance of voting in free elections).

UT.SS.2.2.1.c

Identify and participate in a local civic activity. (e.g. community cleanup, recycling, walkathons, voting).

UT.SS.2.2.1.d

Identify state and national activities (e.g., voting, Pledge of Allegiance, holidays).

UT.SS.2.2.2.a

Identify the roles that people have in the school and explain the importance of each member.

UT.SS.2.2.2.b

Demonstrate respect for the school and the school community.

UT.SS.2.2.3.a

Explain the significance of various community, state, and national celebrations (e.g., Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving).

UT.SS.2.2.3.b

Identify community and state symbols, documents and landmarks (e.g., city hall, county courthouse, state capitol, Utah State Constitution, flag, holidays).

UT.SS.2.2.3.c

Identify and explain the significance of various national symbols, documents, and landmarks (e.g., Declaration of Independence, Constitution, flag, Pledge of Allegiance, national monuments, national capitol building).

UT.SS.2.3

Students will use geographic tools and skills to locate and describe places on earth.

UT.SS.2.3.1.a

Identify community traffic signs and symbols, and know their meanings (e.g., stop sign, hazard symbols, pedestrian crossing, bike route, recreational, blind or deaf child signs).

UT.SS.2.3.1.b

Describe how geographic aspects of the area affect a community and influence culture (e.g., river, mountain, and desert).

UT.SS.2.3.1.c

Describe ways in which people have modified the physical environment in a community (e.g., building roads, clearing land for homes, and mining).

UT.SS.2.3.2.a

Identify and use information on a map and on a globe (e.g., map key or legend, simple grid systems, physical features, compass rose).

UT.SS.2.3.2.b

Compare and contrast the difference between maps and globes.

UT.SS.2.3.2.c

Locate your city, the State of Utah, and the United States on a variety of maps or on a globe.

UT.SS.2.3.2.d

Locate and label the following on a map or a globe: the seven continents, the five oceans, the poles, and the equator.

UT.SS.2.3.2.e

Using a map or a globe, link cultures/nationalities within your community to their place of origin.

UT.SS.2.4

Students will explain how the economy meets human needs through the interaction of producers and consumers.

UT.SS.2.4.1.a

Define and explain the difference between producing and consuming.

UT.SS.2.4.1.b

Explain ways in which people can be both consumers and producers of goods and services.

UT.SS.2.4.1.c

Recognize that people supply goods and services based on what people want.

UT.SS.2.4.1.d

Identify examples of technology that people use (e.g., automobiles, computers, telephones).

UT.SS.2.4.1.e

Identify how technology affects the way people live (work and play).

UT.SS.2.4.2.a

Explain the goods and services that businesses provide.

UT.SS.2.4.2.b

Explain the services that government provides.

UT.SS.2.4.2.c

Explain different ways to pay for goods and services (i.e., cash, checks, credit cards).

UT.SS.2.4.2.d

Explain how work provides income to purchase goods and services.

UT.SS.2.4.2.e

Explain reasons and ways to save money (e.g., to buy a bicycle or MP3 player, piggy bank, bank, credit union, savings account).