Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

My Community and  Other United States Communities In  this course, students study their community and compare it to other forms of  communities. For example, students learn about the cultural identities and  types of production that distinguish urban, suburban, and rural communities. In  the study of civic ideals, students learn about both the democratic ideals of  the United States and the rules and procedures their community and other  communities put into place to minimize conflict and maximize order and  participation. Students study geographic themes by learning about the spatial  characteristics, arrangements of homes, and production, transportation, and  movement in order to distinguish between urban, rural, and suburban  communities. They learn to study changes in communities through the study of  maps over time, particularly how changing populations, transformative events,  and economic shifts impact lives of people in communities. The economics unit  allows students to learn how communities provide resources to their members,  how access to scarce resources affects communities, and how differentiation of  tasks affects the organization of a community. In the context of all social studies instruction, students are expected  to use social studies practices which include:

  • chronological and reasoning causation – how events are related  chronologically and how they relate to earlier ideas and events and subsequent  ideas and events which in turn result in periods of history
  • comparison and contextualization – similarities and differences among  geographic regions where varying historical development affected societies,  economics and culture
  • geographic reasoning – the relationship between people, places, and the  environment and the overall effects on human activities over time
  • gathering, using and interpreting evidence – using evidence from diverse  sources and multiple perspectives to understand as well as to construct and  deconstruct arguments related to topics of social studies
  • role of individual in social and political participation-investigate ways  of participation, respectful dissent and engaging in methods of change  including written, verbal (debate) and social media

The content of grade two social  studies is centered around the following Common Core Domains and Key Ideas:

Individual  Development and Cultural Identity

  • communities can  be characterized as urban, suburban, or rural and they differ from place to  place
  • urban,  suburban, and rural communities are diverse and develop differently

Civic Ideals  and Practices

  • the United  States is founded on the principles of democracy, and these principles are in  all our communities
  • communities  have rules and laws that affect how they function

Geography,  Humans, and the Environment

  • geography and  natural resources shape where and how urban, suburban, and rural communities  develop and how they sustain themselves
  • lifestyles in  urban, suburban and rural communities are influenced by geographic and  environmental factors.

Time,  Continuity, and Change

  • events, changes  over time, and cause and effect relationships can be described for different  communities and can be understood using historical thinking skills and tools
  • communities in  the future may be different

Economic Systems

  • urban,  suburban, and rural communities face different challenges to meet their needs  and wants, and scarcity of resources requires members and local governments to  make economic choices
  • members of a  community use resources to create a variety of businesses and industries to  provide goods and services
  • a community  requires interdependence of many people performing a variety of jobs in order  to function properly and provide needed goods and services