Grade 2 Social Studies Immersion | My Child in School | Manitoba Education
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GRADE 2: SOCIAL STUDIES

What your child is learning

In Grade 2, your child learns about the following three themes:

Our Local Community

  • location, influence of the natural environment
  • important people, leaders, and cultural groups
  • shared stories, past and present: identity and heritage

Communities in Canada

  • focus on a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit community and one other Canadian community
  • cultural and geographic diversity
  • how natural resources, work, goods and services shape daily life
  • how communities have changed over time

The Canadian Community

  • national symbols, place names, languages and cultural communities in Canada
  • differences and similarities among Canadian communities
  • location of Canada on a map and links to other countries

Learning experiences help children consider the consequences of their actions, respect differences, and interact fairly with others. Children have opportunities to share opinions that are based on information and to show concern for the environment as they explore what it means to be citizens in their community, Canada, and the world.

To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher.  

You may also refer to the Manitoba curriculum documents.

How your child is assessed

Assessment in Social Studies is based on the themes and topics in the tab WHAT MY CHILD IS LEARNING. Your child’s progress will be reported under three areas of learning:

  • Knowledge and Understanding: What does your child know and understand about the social studies themes and topics?
  • Research and Communication: How does your child gather, organize and share ideas in social studies? 
  • Critical Thinking and Citizenship: How does your child apply social studies learning as a citizen in her/his community, Canada, and the world?

The teacher will report on your child’s progress in these areas three times a year.
The information from each report helps you to support your child’s learning. You can use it to talk with your child and your child’s teacher about results, strengths, challenges and what your child will be doing next.

Resources

Kayak, Canada’s History Magazine for Kids

Family Education, website with resources, activities, crafts for at home 

About Canada and Canadian culture, website of Canadian Heritage

Eco-Kids, a Canadian environmental website

History for Kids

Canadian Museum of History (formerly Civilization)

Aboriginal peoples of Canada, website of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (select Kids’ Stop)

Canadian Geographic Kids Atlas online

About Canada, Government of Canada website (select Play, Teach and Learn, and select topic or theme)
http://www.gc.ca/aboutcanada-ausujetcanada/menu-eng.html

Activities to do with your children in the community

Visit museums and historic sites
For example, the Manitoba Museum, Lower Fort Garry, the Forks, community parks and landmarks.

Participate in cultural events
For example, the Festival du Voyageur, Culture Days in Manitoba, Canada Day celebrations, National Aboriginal Day, Heritage Day, international days.

Activities to do with your children in the home

Talk to your children about current events, the calendar and time, look at maps and globes, look at pictures of other times and places, share stories of communities and people working together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions that are often asked about Social Studies:

If you have a question that isn't answered here, you can ask your child's teacher or use the comment form on the left of the page.

How do Grade 2 children demonstrate citizenship?

How do Grade 2 children demonstrate critical thinking?