Grade 2 Economic Systems and Resources

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Unit 3

Subject Social Studies                                             

Grade 2

Unit: Economic Systems and Resources              

Pacing: Nov-Dec

Essential Question(s):

How do buyers and sellers exchange their goods and services?

Big Idea(s):

Buyers and sellers exchange goods and services in multiple ways.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)


1.11.1: Explain how buyers and sellers exchange goods and services (market system).


2.1.1: Access information from print materials with assistance.

2.1.2: Use dictionaries and other print materials to gather information.

2.3: Write one –to two – sentence descriptions of historical events people and/or places.

2.4: Ask relevant questions on social studies topics.





“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



Goods – Items that people make or grow and then sell.

Services– Jobs that one person does for another.

Money – currency exchanged for goods and services.

Bartering – The practice of trading goods and services for other goods and services.
































Explain how buyers and sellers exchange goods and services (market system).







Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Pre-Assessment 1.11.1

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Post-Assessment 1.11.1

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Big and/or Small Books.

Worksheet pages 9,14,26,28,29,29, 33, 34, & 51

Pre-Assessment Worksheet 1.11.1

Post-Assessment Worksheet 1.11.1

Non-Fiction Pieces:

            “Decisions, Decisions!” by Cindy Grigg

Quick Reads:

            “What is Money?” (page 25)

            “Different Kinds of Money” (page 27)

            “Coins” (page 29)

            “Paper Money” (page 31)

            “Bankcards” (page 33)

            “Jobs That Help You” (page 39)

            “Outdoor Jobs” (page 67)

            “Office Jobs” (page 69)

            “Store Jobs” (page 71)

            “Travel Jobs” (page 73)

            “Jobs at Home” (page 75)


Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:


Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections