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2nd Grade Social Studies Curriculum: How do community producers meet our needs and wants?



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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.