We Are Charlotteans: Extending Local Charlotte Experiences to Grade 2 Students

Barbara Broom-Devine, Second Grade, Whitewater Academy

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Teaching a short extended local component to each of the basic units currently in use for Social Studies curriculum allows Grade 2 students to gain a greater and deeper understanding of not only the Core Curriculum Standards, but also to appreciate their city and county which they are a part of. When students think and learn of citizenship, they should realize that good citizens are all around them and that good citizens have laid a ground work to shape the future they will live in and shape themselves. The students need to learn and master the terrain, flora, and fauna of the natural resources of the Charlotte area, so that they have a greater understanding of not only maintaining their homes but possibly shaping an impact in the future. In preparing for the future students should be aware of how people made their livings, what types of businesses they had, and how these businesses served the greater community development. Someday the students will participate in the community and need to understand how the local government serves the needs of the community. Lastly, second grade students need to appreciate those who came before them, how they met their needs and wants, and how their lives touch and impact their own lives and the lives of those in the future.