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DoDEA second-grade social studies standards

Alignments coming soon

IXL's second-grade skills will be aligned to the DoDEA Content Standards soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of second-grade standards below. Be sure to check out the unlimited social studies practice questions in IXL's 61 second-grade skills.


2SS1 Students will explain why communities have government and laws, and identify ways that people work together to promote civic ideals.

  • 2SS1.a Explain why it is necessary for the community to have government.

  • 2SS1.b Explain the roles people in the community have in making and changing laws.

  • 2SS1.c Practice being a good citizen in the school community.

2SS2 Students demonstrate map skills by describing the absolute and relative locations of people, places, and environments.

  • 2SS2.a Locate on a simple letter-number grid system the specific locations and geographic features in their neighborhood or community.

  • 2SS2.b Identify essential map elements: title, legend, directional indicator (compass), scale, and date.

  • 2SS2.c Identify the seven continents and the five oceans of the world.

  • 2SS2.d Locate on a map where their ancestors lived and where they live now.

  • 2SS2.e Use maps to compare and contrast basic land use in urban, suburban, and rural environments and describe how the land use impacts the people in the region, state or host country in which they reside.

2SS3 Students organize personal events chronologically and compare how people and lifestyles have changed over time.

  • 2SS3.a Place important events in their lives in the order in which they occurred.

  • 2SS3.b Compare and contrast their daily lives and those of their parents, grandparents, and/or guardians.

  • 2SS3.c Trace the history of a family through the use of primary and secondary sources, including artifacts, photographs, interviews, and documents.

2SS4 Students understand how the actions and integrity of individuals change the ways in which people in society work and live together.

  • 2SS4.a Explain how the actions of heroes from long ago and the recent past have made a difference in others' lives.

  • 2SS4.b Identify real people and fictional characters who are good leaders and responsible citizens, and explain the qualities that make them admirable, such as honesty and trustworthiness.

2SS5 Students understand basic economic concepts and their individual roles in the economy and demonstrate basic economic reasoning skills.

  • 2SS5.a Compare production and consumption of food long ago and today, including the roles of farmer, processors, distributors, weather, and land and water resources.

  • 2SS5.b Compare and contrast the roles and interdependence of buyers (consumers) and sellers (producers) of goods and services.

  • 2SS5.c Analyze how limits on resources affect production and consumption (what to produce and what to consume).

2SSK The intellectual skills noted below are to be learned through, and applied to, the content standards for grade two. They are to be assessed only in conjunction with these content standards. Students demonstrate the following intellectual, reasoning, reflection, and research skills:

  • 2SSK1 Orient and label a map and note directions.

  • 2SSK2 Use print and non-print reference sources to locate information.

  • 2SSK3 Locate pictures, words or illustrations that support the main idea.

  • 2SSK4 Note cause and effect of relationships.

  • 2SSK5 Make timelines and graphic organizers.

  • 2SSK6 Use technology to gather information and communicate learning.