Social Studies 2 empowers students to become productive citizens by developing their knowledge and skills in civics, history, geography, and economics. They deepen their understanding of the U.S. government by explaining the role of the three branches of government and of the U.S. Constitution. Students extend their knowledge of U.S. history to recognize the impact of important figures and movements of the past, and they begin to think like historians by identifying reliable sources, crafting compelling questions, distinguishing fact and opinion, and using timelines to structure series of events. The course highlights the role of international relations, including both alliances and international trade, as well as the importance of geography and regional variations in resources and production. Finally, students learn core concepts of economics, including supply and demand, scarcity, and cost and benefits, as well as the functions of banks, and relate these concepts to individuals and communities. This course includes a printed Parent and Teacher Guide that will help you support your student’s learning.