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NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies - grade 2, unit 1

This unit is the first unit of the Grade 2 Scope and Sequence, titled: Our Community's Geography. This unit was developed by a team of DOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with social scientists and cultural partners. Representative lessons from this unit include:

  • Lesson 2 - students locate places on a map using cardinal and intermediate directions on the compass rose and describe where places are in relation to each other.
  • Lesson 7 - students analyze different thematic maps of New York City to understand that information about the city can be extracted from many different kinds of thematic maps.
  • Lesson 13 - students explore how the geography and natural resources of New York State influence how people live and work.

This unit also includes a Performance Based Assessment, in which students examine historical and modern images of New York City and write a short paragraph to explain how people have used or altered the environment over time.

Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a variety of documents, trade books, and primary sources, in addition to this unit of study. To support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, it is recommended that you utilize this unit of study in conjunction with these resources. 

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Quality Review Indicators 1.3 Leveraging ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and PedagogyDanielson Framework for Teaching 1b: Demonstrating Knowledge of StudentsDanielson Framework for Teaching 1c: Setting Instructional OutcomesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1e: Designing Coherent InstructionDanielson Framework for Teaching 1f: Designing Student Assessments
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