This resource accompanies our Rethink 2nd Grade Social Studies Civics & Government unit. It includes ideas for use, ways to support exceptional children, ways to extend learning, digital resources and tools, tips for supporting English Language Learners and students with visual and hearing impairments. There are also ideas for offline learning.
This unit was created by the Rethink Education Content Development Team. This course is aligned to the NC Standards for 2nd Grade Social Studies in Civics & Government.
Students will learn more about a first responder or group of first responders in their community. They will then design and create a certificate to honor that individual or group.
In this lesson, students learn about government services, such as libraries, police, firefighters, schools, and parks.
In this classroom activity, students will recognize the Smithsonian Institution and be able to explain what a museum does. This is accomplished through the use of discussion questions and activities in which they relate stories from prior museum visits or share ideas for a museum that they would like to create.
In order to become informed participants in a democracy, students must learn about the women and men who make decisions concerning their lives, their country, and the world. The President of the United States is one such leader. As a nation, we place no greater responsibility on any one individual than we do on the president. Through these lessons, students learn about the roles and responsibilities of the president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy.
Students will create a piece of mail and then visit a post office in the neighborhood. This is connected with the Smithsonian Museum and the story of a young girl writing President Lincoln.
In this lesson, students will identify the roles that people have in the school and explain the importance of each member. They will show their appreciate for the jobs these people do by writing and delivering letters.
Students will use three Web sites to gather data about the people in their home state and those who represent them in Congress, then use an online tool to visually compare the data.
Students will identify and participate in a volunteer opportunity within your community. This activity is connected with the Smithsonian Museum.