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Skills available for Maryland second-grade social studies standards

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1.0 Students will understand the historical development and current status of the democratic principles and the development of skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens.

  • A The Foundations and Function of Government

  • B Individual and Group Participation in the Political System

    • 1 Explain how contributions and events are important to the American political system

      • a Describe the contributions of local government leaders and current leaders of their school and community, such as county executives, county council or mayor, and city council

      • b Explain how contributions of people recognized in holidays, such as Memorial Day and Constitution Day, represent democratic beliefs and attitudes, that include rights and responsibilities, loyalty, respect, and courage

  • C Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order

    • 1 Describe the rights and responsibilities of being a participating member of the school and the community

      • a Recognize and describe how making choices affects self, family, school, and community

      • b Identify concerns in the community, such as safety issues and pollution problems and ways to resolve these concerns

2.0 Students will understand how people in Maryland, the United States and around the world are alike and different.

  • A Elements of Culture

  • B Cultural Diffusion

    • 1 Explain that individuals and groups share and borrow from other cultures to form a community

      • a Give examples of how families in the community share and borrow customs and traditions from other cultures

  • C Conflict, Cooperation and Compromise

    • 1 Analyze ways in which people interact

      • a Identify and demonstrate appropriate social skills necessary for working in a cooperative group, such as sharing concern, care, and respect among group members

      • b Analyze how different points of view in school situations may result in compromise or conflict

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

  • A Using Geographic Tools

  • B Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions

  • C Movement of People, Goods and Ideas

    • 1 Explain how transportation and communication link places by the movement of people, goods, and ideas

      • a Compare types of transportation used to move goods and people today and long ago

      • b Compare ways people communicate ideas today and long ago

  • D Modifying and Adapting to the Environment

    • 1 Explain how people modify, protect, and adapt to their environment

      • a Describe ways, such as clearing trees and farming land, that people modify their environment and the impact of those modifications

      • b Describe how and why people protect or fail to protect the environment

      • c Explain how people adapt to changes in the environment

4.0 Students will identify the economic principles and processes that are helpful to producers and consumers when making good decisions.

  • A Scarcity and Economic Decision-making

    • 1 Explain why people have to make economic choices about goods and services

      • a Identify and explain economic choices people make

      • b Identify and give examples of the positive and negative aspects of each choice

      • c Explain that choices have consequences, some of which are more important than others

    • 2 Explain the production process

      • a Identify the natural, capital, and human resources used in the production of a good or service

      • b Identify examples of specialized workers in the school and community, such as nurses, truck drivers, lawyers, and postal workers

    • 3 Examine how technology affects the way people live, work and play

      • a Identify examples of technology used by consumers, such as automobiles, cameras, telephones, microwaves, televisions, and computers

      • b Analyze why consumers use technology in their daily lives

  • B Economic Systems and the Role of Government in the Economy

    • 1 Describe different types of markets

      • a Describe different market situations where buyers and sellers meet to exchange goods and services

      • b Describe how people meet in market communities around the world, such as farmers' markets and door-to-door sales

    • 3 Describe how consumers acquire goods and services

      • a Identify goods and services provided by businesses

      • b Identify goods and services provided by government

      • c Explain different ways to pay for goods and services, such as credit cards, checks, debit cards, and money orders

5.0 Students will use historical thinking skills to understand how individuals and events have changed society over time.

6.0 Students shall use reading, writing, and thinking processes and skills to gain knowledge and understanding of political, historical, and current events using chronological and spatial thinking, economic reasoning, and historical interpretation, by framing and evaluating questions from primary and secondary sources.