Core Standards

Second Grade 

Core Document 

Elementary Social Studies Word/Concept List

1. National Standards

National Standards from National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

2. Material and Resources

The following are materials and resources that can be used to support the core curriculum.

Elementary Core Resource:
A one-stop link for enduring understandings and essential questions, lesson ideas, web sites, books, and assessments directly linked to the elementary social studies core.

Lesson Ideas

UEN Core Resources
Lesson plans and web resources that are aligned to the core standards.


Notable Trade Books for Young People
The books that appear in these annotated book lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC).

My Perfect Neighborhood
by Leah Lomaiko
Reading Leah Komailko's book is a great way to introduce children to the concept of neighborhood. In the story, a young girl describes her own neighborhood, embellishing her view of it to an amusing extent.

Once Around the Block
by Kevin Henkes
Annie is bored, so she walks around her neighborhood, finding pleasant surprises along the way.

Neighborhood Odes
by Gary Soto
Through poetry, the author conveys the sights and sounds of a Mexican-American neighborhood.

Garden of Dreams
by Richard M. Wainwright
This story tells of a boy's dream to improve his urban neighborhood and of the children who give life to his dream.

Stop Your Crowing, Kasimir!
by Ursel Scheffler
When neighbors complain about a rooster's wake-up call, they come to regret their whining.

One Afternoon
by Yumi Heo, ISBN: 0531068455, Orchard Books
This picture book is about Minho and his mother as they go to the neighborhood market. They encounter many sounds on their way to and from the store. They go home but they don't find quite what they expect.

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
Neighborhoods, as your students have probably already observed, are not all alke. Reading this book with your students is a great way to begin discussing different kinds of neighborhoods and of introducing students to the concepts of urban and rural.

My Farm
by Alison Lester, ISBN: 0395977215, Houghton Mifflin
American readers will be introduced to a "jinker," a "bush run," and "mobs of cattle" in this gentle memoir, spanning one year of life for a child living on an Australian farm overlooking the sea. This picture book lovingly depicts intriguing particulars of everyday life in a faraway place, a place that seems both familiar and strange.

The Desert Fox Family Book
by Hans Gerold Laukel, ISBN: 0735810958, North-South Books
This animal family book makes the desert region of northern Africa and the Sahara desert come alive with real pictures of the area. The story of a family of fennec foxes helps to tell the story of desert life. Here students are introduced to the Bedouin people, oasis, and sandstorms.

Teacher Resources

Utah State Office of Education Recommended Instructional Materials System (RIMS)
Find instructional materials that have been adopted by the Utah State Office of Education.

Neighborhoods and Communities
by Kathleen M. Hollenbeck, ISBN: 0590898094, Scholastic Professional Books
The literature-based, hands-on activities in this resource will provide your students with lots of opportunities to discover their surroundings. As they learn about the people and places within their neighborhood, they will also build on the concepts of cooperation, living with diversity and change, and making a personal contribution for the common good.

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education.

Internet Resources

Pioneer (Utah's Online Library)
Provides statewide access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, encyclopedias, video, photographs, maps, charts, and graphics.

Utah Education Network
Provides education tools, activities, lesson plans, curriculum guides and professional development for teachers and educators in the state of Utah. You can also find other UEN resources like KULC channel 9, EDNET, and distance learning resources here.