2nd Grade Social Studies Interactive Notebooks

by | Jan 22, 2019 | Interactive Notebooks, Social Studies | 0 comments

Are you a second-grade teacher looking for a way to increase engagement and retention in your social studies lessons? Try interactive notebooks!

Why should you use interactive notebooks?

  • Interactive notebooks are a terrific tool for covering content while also practicing fine motor skills.
  • Research has shown that students learn and retain information better when they write it by hand.
  • Interactive notebooks can reach all learning styles: kinesthetic while cutting and gluing, visual while writing & coloring, and auditory when discussing their notes.

2nd Grade Social Studies Units

My interactive notebook units are both teacher and student friendly. The units are meant to accompany a class text, but teachers can use them as teacher-led lessons. Some activities also have links to internet-based sources, so that teachers who need additional resources can easily find them.

The units include a wide variety of activities. Each one includes an essential question, vocabulary, short response, graphic organizers, and multiple assessments. The units also have a complete answer key, including photos of each completed activity.

Although interactive notebooks can be created with different styles, these were purposefully designed to meet the needs and abilities of second-grade students.

  • The activities are designed to fit composition notebooks, as many primary teachers prefer them.
  • The shapes are simple rectangles – no “cute” shapes that take forever to cut out.
  • Summative assessments were broken into smaller chunks in order to accommodate shorter attention spans.

Teacher Reviews

These interactive notebook units have been used by many teachers with their students. Just look at what teacher have had to say about them:

“This was a great resource extension to each of the chapters in our social studies text, as well as a great way to use interactive notebooks.” – Kim G.

“My kids LOVE doing this. My district has doesn’t provide us with any social studies materials, and this will help me teach every standard this year! Thank you!!” – Julia B.

“I adore this resource! This is the closest I have come to a one stop resource for TN SS standards. Thank you!!” – Katharine L.

“I really loved this. This was very helpful for the students. I cannot wait to use it for years to come.” – Amber S.


Standards Covered

These units cover the Florida Standards for second grade social studies. Those standards include:

Our World: Maps & Globes
  • Students will use different types of maps (political, physical, and thematic) to identify map elements.
  • Students will identify their hometown, Florida, and North America on maps and globes.
  • Students will locate the state capital and the national capital on maps and globes.
  • Students will label on a map or globe the continents, oceans, Equator, Prime Meridian, North Pole, and South Pole.
  • Students will use a map to locate the countries in North America (Canada, United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands.
Native Americans
  • Students will recognize that Native Americans were the first inhabitants of North America.
  • Students will compare the cultures of Native American tribes from various geographic regions of the United States.
  • Students will understand the impact of immigrants on Native Americans.
  • Students will explore ways the daily life of people living in Colonial America changed over time.
  • Students will identify reasons people came to the U.S. throughout history.
  • Students will discuss the importance of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to immigration from 1892 – 1954.
  • Students will discuss why immigration continues today.
  • Students will explain the cultural influences and contributions of immigrants today.
  • Students can identify terms and designations of time sequence.
Citizens & Government
  • Students will explain why people form governments.
  • Students will explain the consequences of an absence of rules and laws.
  • Students will identify what it means to be a U.S. citizen by birth or by naturalization.
  • Students will define and apply the characteristics of responsible citizenship.
  • Students will explain why U.S. citizens have guaranteed rights and identify those rights.
  • Students will identify ways citizens can make a positive contributions in their community.
  • Students will evaluate the contributions of various African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, veterans, and women.
  • Students will identify the Constitution as the document which establishes the structure, function, powers, and limits of U.S. government.
  • Students can recognize symbols, individuals, events, and documents that represent the United States.
  • Students will recognize that people make choices because of limited resources.
  • Students will recognize that people supply goods and services based on consumer demands.
  • Students will recognize that the United States trades with other nations to exchange goods and services.
  • Students will explain the personal benefits and costs involved in saving and spending.


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