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Grade 2

Grade 2 provides great interdisciplinary opportunities to explore Science and Social Studies topics relating to stewardship of the natural environment.  As students explore geographically and culturally different communities in Canada’s Dynamic Communities, there’s an opportunity to consider the role the natural environment and its resources have played in the establishment of diverse communities across Canada and how these communities continue to steward these natural resources, specifically water (Science Topic A: Exploring Liquids).

Social Studies

Grade 2 students will investigate life in three diverse communities within Canada. Based on their understanding of their own communities, students will explore characteristics of selected rural and urban communities in Canada: an Inuit community, a prairie community and an Acadian community. They will apply their understanding of various aspects that define communities, such as geography, culture, language, heritage, economics and resources, in their investigation of how communities are connected. Students will discover how people live in each of these communities and will reflect upon the vastness of Canada and the diversity of Canadian communities (Alberta Education, 2005).

Learner Outcomes

View learner outcomes in the grade 2 Social Studies curriculum which clearly integrate environmental education.

Resources

All these resources come from the Encana Environmental Education Resource Centre.

Below are three different searches focusing on some different types of resources.

Click here to see ALL the grade 2 Social Studies linked resources.

Teaching Examples

We are looking for teaching examples of how you have used environmental education to teach grade 2 Social Studies. Contact us to share your story!

Science

Topic A: Exploring Liquids

Students will explore the role that availability of clean water sources plays in our lives.

Topic E: Small Crawling and Flying Animals

As students explore how geography and natural resources shape and change different communities in Canada, there’s a natural fit for exploring the role of water in the lives of both humans and animals. As students explore how communities grow and utilize natural resources (i.e. industry, agriculture, etc.) there’s a great opportunity to consider how these activities impact both the community’s water resources as well as small animal populations.

Learner Outcomes

View learner outcomes in the grade 2 Science curriculum which clearly integrate environmental education.

Resources

All these resources come from the Encana Environmental Education Resource Centre.

Below are three searches focusing on some different types of resources.

Click here to see ALL the Grade 2 Science linked resources.

Teaching Examples

We are looking for teaching examples of how you have used environmental education to teach grade 2 Science. Contact us to share your story!

Integrating Theme

Social Studies provides the platform for students to explore how active members and groups contribute to healthy communities.  As students appreciate how their actions might affect others and assume responsibility, expanding the scope to include the natural environment, specifically the needs of plants and animals, is a great fit.  As students expand their understanding to include both urban and rural communities, there’s a great opportunity to view the impact of our actions and responsibilities with regards to different living plants and animals.

Inquiry Questions

Inquiry questions are prompts to facilitate critical thinking among students.  All of ACEE’s inquiry questions have been thoughtfully crafted by Alberta teachers for use in the classroom. Each question is designed to get learners engaged with the unit and beyond; some questions are even directly related to both subjects and can be used to integrate social studies and science.  Pick and choose which ones you like to take learning further!

If you have an inquiry questions you have explored with your students, send it to us and we will share it with Alberta teachers.

Social Studies Science
Identify a source of clean water in your community. In what ways is clean water important to your community?
In what ways are clean water sources vital to the lives of other living things (ie small crawling and flying animals)?
Identify ways in which water is important to Inuit, Acadian, and prairie communities i.e. drinking water, for transportation (ice roads, ice to travel on for hunting/recreation).
Are there any ways in which clean water is used in these communities that is different from how it is used in your own community?
Explore how human activity (agriculture, manufacturing, etc) can have a negative impact on water resources in these communities.
What actions can be taken to limit or eliminate these negative impacts?
  Describe small animals that are found in your community as well as Inuit, Acadian, and prairie communities.What is common among these communities in regards to physical geography, etc. that supports these common small animals?
  How does the physical geography and climate of each community determine the small animals that are found there?
How do our choices and actions impact the habitat of these small animals (i.e. industry, agriculture)?
What steps can be taken to minimize the negative impact of human activity on small animal populations in the community?