Second Grade Sight Words

Second grade sight words are the keys to your students' success as readers and writers in this important grade. These are words that all second graders should  read instantly and spell easily.

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If your second grader is struggling with these words, try writing each one on a flashcard. Put the cards in a jar on the kitchen counter, near the TV, or any place where you'll be reminded to practice them often. But don't overdo it.  The best practice is brief and positive.

We've broken down the Dolch Sight Word List into three parts, so you can work on mastering a fewer number of words at a time.

Second Grade Sight Words

Printable version of our Second Grade Sight Words

Group One

best call cold fast five
gave its sing sit sleep
tell us use why wish

Group Two

both buy does don't goes
green made off or read
right these those which write

Group Three

always around because been before first
found many pull their upon very
wash work would your

Teaching Tips

sight words flash cards

Use these flash cards to practice your second grade sight words. Find more sight word lists here.

Play word games using these words, such as hangman, scrambled words, and anything else you can think of!


Encourage your child to write his/her own sentences and make his/her own greeting cards using as many of these sight words as possible.

See also our larger list of second grade spelling words.  The sight words here are the most important words, but they're not the only words for your second graders to learn to read and spell!

More Resources for 2nd Grade Spelling

Check out these resources to help build spelling skills in your second grader:

Here's a new sight word crossword that provides a fun way to reinforce the all-important sight words your child is learning. Print it out today!

Spelling games online  Let your second graders correct our mistakes. 25 sentences in all, featuring many words from our 2nd and 3rd grade spelling word lists.

See all of our spelling word games. Many are just right for second graders.

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Brain Teasers for Kids - With a little help, even second graders can solve these tricky brain teasers and discover the mystery words. We have more brain teasers for young students, too!

You'll also find valuable resources in these collections:

I also recommend this set of over 300 fun online learning games  offered by one of my affiliates. I've also set up a Sight Words products store on Amazon for your convenience.

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