After an opening unit on map skills, the students in 2nd Grade investigate communities both in America and throughout the world. They learn about good citizenship and the concept of neighborhood, American history, the basics of government, and the diversity of American cultures. They compare and contrast the ways in which people meet their basic needs, and they learn to appreciate similarities and differences among the peoples of the world. Country studies for the two sections of Grade 2 focus on Brazil and the United States. Students explore the cultures, customs, languages, and traditions of their countries of study using a number of resources including folk tales and legends.