This blog post is one in a series that breaks down one unit from each grade level of Inquiry Journeys, inquirED's core elementary social studies curriculum. For a trial account containing all lessons for the unit, click below.
2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum Essential Question
How do community producers meet our needs and wants?
2nd-grade social studies students explore how different producers, including businesses, the government, and volunteers, meet the needs and wants within a community. They imagine themselves in the role of a community producer and think about the good or service they will provide, the people and things they will need to provide this good or service, as well as the skills and knowledge required. Students are also introduced to the economic concept of supply and demand, and consider how it applies to various scenarios. Objectives include:
Analyze images to identify evidence of economic concepts (producers, consumers, goods, services)
Analyze supply and demand scenarios
Explain how producers in the community meet wants and needs
Collaborate with peers
Lesson 1: Goods, Services, Producers, and Consumers
2nd-grade social studies students learn about goods, services, producers, and consumers, and analyze images to identify them in real scenarios through an image analysis activity.
Students use the "Goods, Services, Producers, and Consumers" handout to help them build understanding.
Lesson 2: Goods and Services the Government Provides
2nd-grade social studies students explore the goods and services the local government provides and discuss the importance of various services. Then, groups brainstorm ideas for their own Community Producer Plan.
As part of this lesson, students view the "Local Government Departments for Kids" video from Kids Academy
Lesson 3: Supply and Demand
2nd-grade social studies students watch a short video and read Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins to consider the economic concept of supply and demand. Then, they settle on the final Community Producer idea to develop throughout the remainder of the module.
As part of this lesson, students view the "Supply and Demand Explained in One Minute" video from One Minute Economics
Lesson 4: Knowledge, Skills, and Supplies
2nd-grade social studies students consider what’s needed to be successful community producers, including knowledge, skills, and supplies. They watch a video about a veterinarian to break down the required knowledge, skills, and supplies. Then, they wrap up work on their Community Producer Plans.
As part of this lesson, students view the "Curious Kids: Careers" video from WGCU Curious Kids (13:56–16:57)