In 2nd grade, we kick off Social Studies with James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove. These three individuals teach us what cooperation looks like and what can be accomplished when we work together! Musgrove, Tomochichi, and James Oglethorpe are key figures in Georgia History.
Georgia Historical Figures 2nd Grade Resources
I used these little Social Studies books in my classroom and the students loved them. I highly recommend buying them with grade-level money if the school has not already purchased them for you. They are fabulous!
It took me two years to figure out exactly what they needed to know and understand. After a ton of research and using other counties Curriculum maps, I made a great unit.
I spent hours creating the text feature pages and creating the postcards. I hope you will check it out! It has over 100 GREAT reviews!
I wanted to give them an overview of each historical figure but really wanted to hammer home pertinent information. I incorporated ELA and SS by making a text features page. The body of the handout has everything I needed them to know! Plus they are practicing text features.
I also included a Performance Task for each historical figure. They have to write a postcard to the historical figure thanking them for their accomplishments. This is the perfect formal assessment to see where their knowledge is. I normally hang these out in the hall, they are super cute!
Finally, I included two formal assessments with the answer keys. I love making these units because I could not find exactly what needed to be taught. If you are looking for other Georgia Units check these out…
Georgia Historical Figures Videos
Be careful! I will never forget watching a video off of the county curriculum map that was from GPTV. It was a video about Jimmy Carter and a toothless man being interviewed called him a SOB…. I was in the back of the room and lept to my feet. I did not know what to do, so I immediately turned the video off and called my principal.?
…note to self… WATCH. EVERYTHING. BEFORE. SHOWING. IT.
I think I died a million deaths that day! I was mortified. Fortunately, they were not that engaged, and most did not catch it! None of them repeated it, but I was bracing myself for the parent phone calls! They never came!
I also have a great blog post about information text writing and included info for Jackie Robinson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.