In Grade 2 social studies, students will develop their understanding of their local community and begin to examine the global community as well. Students will explore a variety of traditions within their families and their local communities, developing an understanding of how these traditions contribute to and enrich their own community as well as Canadian society as a whole. They will study communities around the world, developing an awareness of the relationship between location, climate, physical features, and how people live in various communities. Students will use the inquiry process to investigate traditions, ways of life, and relationships with the environment in local and global communities.
Students will be provided with opportunities to explore various topics which will enable them to develop an understanding of interactions within and between diverse communities, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and students’ own communities. They will study the impact of colonialism and of the rights and responsibilities associated with citizenship. Students will also develop an understanding of personal, cultural, and national identities, and of various contributions to heritage in Canada.