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Using the State Standards: Social Studies, Grade 2

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Geography:

Social Studies:

Standard 3.0 Geography

Students will use geographic concepts and processes to understand location and its relationship to human activities.

Topic

A. Using Geographic Tools

Indicator

  • 1. Use geographic tools to locate and describe places on Earth
Objectives
  1. Identify the purpose and use of a globe and a variety of maps and atlases, such as school maps, neighborhood maps and simple atlases
  2. Identify and use map elements, such as title, compass rose, simple grid system, legend/key, date, and author to interpret a map
  3. Identify the equator, poles, seven continents, four oceans, and countries on a map and globe
  4. Describe a place using bird's eye view, and satellite images, photographs, and pictures

Topic

B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions

Indicator

  • 1. Classify places and regions in an environment using geographic characteristics
Objectives
  1. Identify natural/physical features and human-made features using maps and photographs
  2. Describe and classify regions using climate, vegetation, animal life, and natural/physical features
  3. Classify places as rural and urban
  4. Describe how geographic characteristics determine choices, such as climate guides decisions about food, clothing, and shelter

Topic

C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas

Indicator

  • 1. Explain how transportation and communication link places by the movement of people, goods, and ideas
Objectives
  1. Compare types of transportation used to move goods and people today and long ago
  2. Compare ways people communicate ideas today and long ago

Topic

D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment

Indicator

  • 1. Explain how people modify, protect, and adapt to their environment
Objectives
  1. Describe ways, such as clearing trees and farming land, that people modify their environment and the impact of those modifications
  2. Describe how and why people protect or fail to protect the environment
  3. Explain how people adapt to changes in the environment

Date: 1/27/2015