Idaho State Standards for Social Studies — Grade 2

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2.Goal 1.1

Build an understanding of the cultural and social development of the United States.

2.Goal 1.2

Trace the role of migration and immigration of people in the development of the United States.

2.Goal 1.3

Identify the role of American Indians in the development of the United States.

2.Goal 1.4

Analyze the political, social, and economic responses to industrialization and technological innovations in the development of the United States.

2.Goal 1.5

Trace the role of exploration and expansion in the development of the United States.

2.Goal 1.6

Explain the rise of human civilization.

2.Goal 1.7

Trace how natural resources and technological advances have shaped human civilization.

2.Goal 1.8

Build an understanding of the cultural and social development of human civilization.

2.Goal 1.9

Identify the role of religion in the development of human civilization.

2.Goal 2.1

Analyze the spatial organizations of people, places, and environment on the earth's surface.

2.Goal 2.2

Explain how human actions modify the physical environment and how physical systems affect human activity and living conditions.

2.Goal 2.3

Trace the migration and settlement of human populations on the earths surface.

2.Goal 2.4

Analyze the human and physical characteristics of different places and regions

2.Goal 2.5

Explain how geography enables people to comprehend the relationships between people, places, and environments over time.

2.Goal 3.1

Explain basic economic concepts.

2.Goal 3.2

Identify different influences on economic systems.

2.Goal 3.3

Analyze the different types of economic institutions.

2.Goal 3.4

Explain the concepts of good personal finance.

2.Goal 4.1

Build an understanding of the foundational principles of the American political system.

2.Goal 4.2

Build an understanding of the organization and formation of the American system of government.

2.Goal 4.3

Build an understanding that all people in the United States have rights and assume responsibilities.

2.Goal 4.4

Build an understanding of the evolution of democracy.

2.Goal 4.5

Build an understanding of comparative government.

2.Goal 5.1

Build an understanding of multiple perspectives and global interdependence.


Discuss different groups that a person belongs to such as family and neighborhood and how those roles and/or groups have changed or stayed the same.


Identify landforms, bodies of water, and human made features such as cities and dams on a map and globe.


State the cardinal directions and how to use the a compass rose.


Show that map symbols such as key, legend, and scale represent a real object or place


illustrate that boundary lines separate states.


Compare how environmental conditions affect living styles and clothing in different parts of the country.


Describe how humans depend on the environment to meet their basic needs.


Identify wants and needs of all families


Define income and identify different ways to earn and save.


Identify the difference between goods and services.


Identify differences between producers and consumers.


Explain how natural resources affect economic activities in the local community


Identify reasons people save.


Explain why rules are necessary at home and school.


Explain that there are benefits for following the rules and consequences for breaking the rules at home and school.


Identify the people or groups that make, apply, and enforce rules at home and school.


Explain important customs, symbols, and celebrations that represent the development of American beliefs and principles


State the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.


Identify characteristics of good citizenship, such as courage, honesty, and responsibility.


Name historic and contemporary people who model characteristics of good citizenship.


Compare neighborhoods/communities in various parts of the world.


Compare traditions practiced in other parts of the world