Social studies is a very broad subject area, but well worth exploring with your second grader. Some states even require it, so be sure to check with the laws in your area so you can meet the minimum standards. Many times, parents consider social studies a “fun” area, which gets covered only after math, reading, and writing, or the more major subjects. Some of the organized curriculum formats make include lesson plans for social studies, but otherwise, you’ll need to come up with something on your own.
Social studies can include a wide range of things like current events, citizenship, geography, history, and the study of different cultures or religions. This is an area that lends itself well to field trips as well, like historical places and monuments. There are numberous museums you could visit to enrich your social studies curriculum, too.
Some parents will ask their second grader to find a newspaper article to discuss for current events, or buy their child a globe to foster an interest in geography. Many formal history curricula emphasize simple biographies for young kids to read and learn about history, but certainly each family can do what works for them. Social studies is usually something kids look forward to!