Social Studies
Unit 1- What is a Community?

Second grade students will study the makings of a community in the classroom, school, and neighborhood.  This study will include a look at the geography, economics, and culture of our community.  Once students understand the basic characteristics of a community, including important community members and workers, they will begin a journey through literature and map skills. Students will spend time studying communities and things people do for work. By examining real and hypothetical problems facing local residents, students will consider how citizens can make a difference in improving the quality of life in their community.


Unit 2- Comparing Communities
Second grade students will study the Lenni Lenape tribe of the Eastern Woodlands as well as one other Native American tribe that lived in what we now call the United States.  Once students understand the basic characteristics of the Lenape community, they will begin a journey through literature and map skills.  Students will spend time comparing and contrasting the Lenni Lenape community to another tribe in the United States.  The students will compare the environment, food, shelter and homes of the tribes, and how geography affected their way of life. 

Unit 3- Communities Past and Present

Second grade students will study the community in which they live, West Windsor- Plainsboro. 
 This study will include a look at the history, geography, economics, and culture of our community.  Once students understand the basic characteristics of a community, including important community members and workers, they will begin a journey through literature and map skills to other communities rural and urban. Students will spend time studying communities, including how goods and services move in and out of communities.  Students are introduced to local government and law. By examining real and hypothetical problems facing local residents students will consider how citizens can make a difference in improving the quality of life in their community.