Washington State K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards — Grade 2


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2.1.1.1

Understands the key ideal of public or common good within the context of the community. Examples: Explains ones responsibility to obey the law of not littering for the public good of the community. Explains how people can respect the rights of others to live safely in the neighborhood by obeying speed limits.

2.1.1.2

Applies the key ideal of the public or common good to uphold rights and responsibilities within the context of the community. Examples: Explains what effect following park rules has on the common good. Suggested Unit: Participating in Our Community

2.1.2.1

Understands the basic organization of government in the community. Examples: Explains that cities are governed by mayors and city councils. Explains that police and judges enforce laws. Suggested Unit: Our Community

2.1.2.2

Understands the basic function of government and laws in the community. Page 28 Examples: Explains that city governments make and enforce laws to support a safe community. Explains that city governments support local businesses and neighborhoods by improving and maintaining streets and sidewalks.

2.1.3.1

This component is addressed in grades 6 12.

2.1.4.1

Understands that citizenship and civic involvement in the neighborhood and community are the rights and responsibilities of individuals. Examples: Explains that citizens have the right to live in a safe community. Explains that citizens have the responsibility to obey the laws of the community. Explains that citizens have the responsibility to take care of the environment in the community. Suggested Unit: Participating in Our Community

2.2.1.1

Understands that members of the community make choices among products and services that have costs and benefits. Examples: Explains how peoples choice of purchasing goods from a large business can result in the loss of smaller businesses. Explains the costs and benefits that food banks and thrift stores provide for people in the community. Suggested Unit: Communities Meeting Their Needs and Wants

2.2.2.1

Understands the basic elements of a communitys economic system, including producers, distributors, and consumers of goods and services. Page 29 Examples: Explains that goods sold in local stores are used by people living in the community to meet their needs and wants. Explains that people in communities are consumers of the public safety services that police officers or fire fighters provide. Suggested Unit: Communities Meeting Their Needs and Wants

2.2.3.1

This component is addressed in grades 5 12.

2.2.4.1

This component is addressed in grades 4, and 6 12.

2.3.1.1

Understands and applies basic mapping elements such as symbols, compass rose, labels, and a key to read and construct maps that display information about neighborhoods or local communities. Examples: Explains how maps of the local community can be used to describe where people live and where businesses are located. Constructs maps that display information about the local community using a compass rose, labels, and a key. Suggested Unit: Our Community

2.3.1.2

Understands the physical characteristics of places in the community. Examples: Describes physical characteristics such as rivers, lakes, mountains, and parks of the community in which they live. Suggested Unit: Our Community

2.3.2.1

Understands that people in communities affect the environment as they meet their needs and wants. Page 30 Examples: Explains how people affect their environment by clearing land or developing farm land to meet their need for homes and businesses. Explains how people affect the communitys environment by making parks for recreation. Suggested Unit: Communities Meeting Their Needs and Wants

2.3.3.1

This component is addressed in grades 3, 4, 6, and 8 12.

2.4.1.1

Understands and creates timelines for events in a community to show how the present is connected to the past. Examples: Creates and explains a community timeline that displays events that are still celebrated or remembered today. Suggested Unit: Our Community

2.4.2.1

Understands individuals who have shaped history in the local community. Examples: Explains how Marcus and Narcissa Whitman shaped the history of Walla Walla. Explains how Chief Sealth played a role in the development of Seattle as a city. Suggested Unit: Our Community

2.4.3.1

This component is addressed in grades 4 12.

2.4.4.1

This component is addressed in grades 1, and 4 12.

2.5.1.1

Understands multiple points of view on issues in the community. Examples: Explains points of view on how to stop littering. Suggested Unit: Participating in Our Community

2.5.2.1

This component is addressed in grades K, 1, and 3 12

2.5.3.1

Engages in discussions to learn about different points of view on issues. Examples: Engages in discussions to learn about different points of view on neighborhood recycling. Engages in discussions to learn about different points of view on where to build parks in the community. Suggested Unit: Participating in Our Community

2.5.4.1

This component is addressed in grades K, 1, and 3 12.