Grade 2 Laws and Services of West Haven

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Subject Social Studies                                             

Grade 2

Unit 5:  Laws and Services of West Haven           

Pacing: March-April

Essential Question(s):

Why do we need laws in our city?

What services are provided in our city?

Big Idea(s):

The city of West Haven provides its citizens with laws and essential services.

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


1.8.1: Explain the need for laws and services (police, fire) in one’s town.


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)


Laws – a set of rules designed to keep people safe and provide order for society.

Services: Jobs that one person does for another [Education, Fire, Police, Public Works (Garbage), Library, Tax Office].

Rules – a good guideline created for the protection and respect of people and property.





































Explain the need for laws and services (police, fire) in one’s town.





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

Pre-Assessment 1.8.1

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

Post-Assessment 1.8.1

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Big and/or Small Books.

Chart Paper (if deemed necessary)

Worksheets pages 14, 43, 70

Pre & Post-Assessment 1.8.1

Non-Fiction pieces:

            “Doctors Help Us and Heal Us” by Erin Horner

            “Why Do We Need Laws Anyway?” by Jane Runyan

            “Firefighters” by Vickie Chao

            “The Wheels on the Bus Need a Driver!” by Erin Horner

            “Police Officers Protect Us” by Erin Horner

            “Trash Men” by Brenda B. Covert

            “Jake and Jackie Learn to use the Library” by Beth Beutler

            “Your Local Public School” by Phyllis Naegeli


Quick Reads:

            “Keep Us Safe” (page 41)

            “Special Places” (page 67)

            “U.S. Postal Service” (page 75)

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:


Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections