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Social Studies "I Can" Statements

2nd Grade Social Studies
"I Can" Statements




Unit 1:  Governing the People (SS-EP-1.1.2, 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.1.1, 2.2.1, 1.2.1)
  • I can compare rules and laws.
  • I can explain citizens' rights and responsibilities at home, at school, and in the community.
  • I can identify examples of good citizenship at home, at school, and in my community.
  • I can identify government services.
  • I can identify government leaders.
  • I can describe how government works to help citizens through services paid for by taxes.
  • I can identify the leader of my local government and explain his/her responsibilities.
  • I can describe the duties of the city council.
  • I can describe the purpose of local courts.
  • I can identify the three branches of the government.
  • I can identify the Constitution as the written set of rules for our government.
  • I can identify the jobs of the community and state governments.
  • I can describe how my local government is structured.


Unit 2:  The World Around Us (SS-EP-4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.2.1)
  • I can compare my absolute location to my relative location.
  • I can use a map to locate Kentucky.
  • I can locate my country on a map.
  • I can use a map grid to locate a place on a map.
  • I can tell that a globe is a model of Earth.
  • I can name the countries of North America.
  • I can name landforms in North America.
  • I can name different bodies of water in North America.
  • I can tell what climate is.
  • I can tell what weather is.
  • I can tell how the climate changes during the seasons.
  • I can use a chart/graph to answer questions.
  • I can name the cardinal directions.
  • I can name the hemispheres.
  • I can locate the equator and poles on a globe.
  • I can describe one place compared to another using the cardinal directions.


Unit 3:  Using Our Resources (SS-EP-1.3.2, 4.4.2, 3.4.3, 4.1.3, 4.3.1, 5.2.3)
  • I can name some natural resources.
  • I can tell how people use natural resources.
  • I can identify some reasons why people choose to live in an area.
  • I can describe some characteristics of a suburban community.
  • I can describe some characteristics of an urban community.
  • I can compare and contrast farming today and farming long ago.
  • I can describe how people use technology to change the environment.
  • I can identify and interpret the features of a product map.
  • I can identify changes in transportation.
  • I can identify changes in communication.


Unit 4:  People Long Ago (SS-EP-2.2.1, 4.3.1, 5.2.3, 5.1.1, 5.2.2, 1.3.1, 4.1.1, 5.2.1, 2.1.1)
  • I can use past, present, and future when talking about time.
  • I can tell how some things change and how some things stay the same over time.
  • I can describe how people on a family tree are related.
  • I can recognize Native Americans as the first people living in North America.
  • I can tell the meaning of a colony and settler.
  • I can use primary sources to learn about Native Americans.
  • I can describe things that happened in American History.
  • I can name important people that helped America get its freedom.
  • I can use a time line.
  • I can understand why it is important to vote.
  • I can identify American symbols and landmarks.
  • I can describe how landmarks honor our country's history.
  • I can identify American heroes.
  • I can identify American holidays and tell why they are important.


Unit 5:  A World of Many People (SS-EP-2.1.1, 2.1.2, 4.1.2, 4.4.1, 5.1.1, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.2.1, 5.2.1, 4.3.2, 5.2.3)
  • I can identify the features of a culture:  dress, art, language, food, music, and beliefs.
  • I can compare and contrast cultures around the world.
  • I can identify the hemispheres, the equator, and poles.
  • I can locate the 7 continents and 4 oceans.
  • I can understand people all over the world express their culture in different ways.
  • I can recognize that immigrants bring a variety of culture to the United States.
  • I can recognize that people in a group have different ideas.
  • I can follow steps for working together in a group.
  • I can recognize that each culture has its own traditions and customs.
  • I can compare the traditions and customs of different countries.
  • I can use a calendar to find dates, holidays, and events.
  • I can recognize that people from many cultures have made a difference in our lives.
  • I can describe some inventions that Americans have made that improve our lives.


Unit 6:  People in the Marketplace (SS-EP-2.2.1, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.4.1, 3.4.2, 3.4.3, 3.1.1, 4.4.2, 2.3.1)
  • I can describe a producer and a consumer.
  • I can identify goods and services.
  • I can tell about business.
  • I can tell how people earn an income.
  • I can compare wants and needs.
  • I can tell about the need for raw materials.
  • I can describe a factory.
  • I can tell how people use tools to make resources.
  • I can describe the concept of scarcity.
  • I can tell about a marketplace.
  • I can tell why people barter or trade.
  • I can understand why people use money to buy things.
  • I can understand why countries trade with each other.