In second grade, the various social studies strands become interwoven with the historical strand. The history strand focuses on important historical figures in Georgia and the Creek and Cherokee cultures in Georgia. The geography strand emphasizes the geography of Georgia and relates to the historical study. In addition to the positive character traits of the individuals and groups in the historical strand, the basic concept of government is also introduced. Basic economics concepts continue to be introduced.


    Historical Understandings

    • SS2H1 Describe the lives and contributions of historical figures in Georgia history.
    • SS2H2 Describe the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past in terms of tools, clothing, homes, ways of making a living, and accomplishments.

    Geographic Understandings

    • SS2G1 Locate and compare major topographical features of Georgia and describe how these features define Georgia’s surface.
    • SS2G2 Describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with the historical figures in SS2H1 and Georgia’s Creek and Cherokee in SS2H2.


    Government/Civic Understandings

    • SS2CG1 Define the concept of government and the need for rules and laws.
    • SS2CG2 Identify the following elected officials of the executive branch and where they work:  

              a. President (leader of our nation) and Washington, D.C. – White House

              b. Governor (leader of our state) and Atlanta, GA – State Capitol Building

              c. Mayor (leader of a city) and city hall

    • SS2CG3 Give examples of how the historical figures in SS2H1 demonstrate positive citizenship traits such as: honesty, dependability, trustworthiness, honor, civility, good sportsmanship, patience, and compassion

    Economic Understandings

    • SS2E1 Explain that because of scarcity, people must make choices that result in opportunity costs.
    • SS2E2 Identify some ways in which goods and services are allocated (such as: price, majority rule, contests, force, sharing, lottery, authority, first-come-first-served, and personal characteristics).
    • SS2E3 Explain that people usually use money to obtain the goods and services they want and explain how money makes trade easier than barter.
    • SS2E4 Describe the costs and benefits of personal saving and spending choices.


    Map and Globe Skills

    • GOAL: The student will use maps to retrieve social studies information.


    Information Processing Skills

    • GOAL: The student will be able to locate, analyze, and synthesize information related to social studies topics and apply this information to solve problems/make decisions.