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2nd Grade Spelling Bee Words

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2nd grade spelling bee words

Try our NEW list of 2nd grade spelling bee words for your next classroom competition. This handy list of 100 words is the foundation for a great spelling game. Just print the words and start the bee! 

Many of the words come from our list of second grade spelling words. The remaining words are more challenging. The words are generally arranged from easiest to most difficult.

Printable version of 2nd Grade Spelling Bee Words

1.  call

2.  glad

3.  camp

4.  fast

5.  drip

6. lock

7. room

8. candy

9. coat

10. back

11. feed

12. mice

13. free

14. could

15. gave

16. flag

17. hush

18. crop

19. around

20. better

21. ask

22. them

23. class

24. open

25. tune

26. away

27. shape

28. wash

29. place

30. barn

31. most

32. cannot

33. those

34. because

35. each

36. before

37. purple

38. bird

39. brother

40. under

41. work

42. hint

43. doors

44. drive

45. mittens

46. every

47. going

48. dark

49. just

50. says

51. might

52. lunch

53. eleven

54. much

55. mail

56. goes

57. tower

58. pattern

59. loud

60. rabbit

61. second

62. story

63. where

64. airplane

65. together

66. basket

67. bushes

68. zipped

69. careful

70. cherries

71. clear

72. cobweb

73. crazy

74. dragon

75. early

76. everyone

77. flavor

78. river

79. puddle

80. itself

81. janitor

82. knock

83. lucky

84. morning

85. orange

86. painter

87. recess

88. scratch

89. secret

90. until

91. picture

92. window

93. young

94. unicorn

95. toothpaste

96. dinosaur

97. accident

98. biscuit

99. mysterious

100. fascinating


You may wish to adjust our list for your specific group of students. Feel free to use additional easier words, or insert some more difficult ones.

Important Tips

1) Keep in mind your main purpose for conducting a spelling bee. (Wait! Do you know what it is?!? Is it to challenge your students to learn more words? Do you want to motivate students to compete orally? Are you trying to showcase your strong spellers? There may be many good reasons. Always keep the best interests of students in mind, especially with learners as young as second grade. 

2) Help your students prepare before any spelling bee. Use some of my spelling games and practice ideas frequently.

3) Be sure to use our 2nd grade spelling bee words in sentences during the spelling bee. This is important with every word, but especially as the words become hard. 

4) Be sure students understand what word you are asking them to spell. At the beginning of the spelling bee, tell students they can ask to have a word repeated. 

5) Acknowledge the efforts of all spellers, and reward the winners! Check out my spelling bee certificates as well as my Zazzle store

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More Resources for 2nd Grade Spelling Bee Words

second grade boy, writing in his notebook

Anytime you give elementary students spelling practice, you're helping them to prepare for spelling bees! See our entire line of second grade spelling resources, or take a peek at these two:

175 Second Grade Spelling Words  This word list a great resource for parents, teachers and students. Use these words for oral and written practice, for spelling games and worksheets.  Second grade spelling work begins here! If this list is too easy, try my 3rd and 4th grade lists. See the blue buttons on the left. 

Second grade vocabulary list

2nd Grade Vocabulary Words :  Challenge your 2nd grade students with a BIG list of 200 words to use in their speaking vocabularies. Soon, they will be reading and writing these words, too! An engaging graphic groups 100 of the words into these categories: Calendar, Animals, Science, Math, Foods, Homophone Sets, Adjectives, Verbs, People and Places. Find the complete list of words, along with teaching helps and extension activities here. 

Worksheets for 2nd grade Spelling Words Fun worksheets provide age-appropriate practice with 2nd grade spelling words. Word search puzzles with frequently misspelled words, fill-in stories, and many more to choose from. Try them all!

second grade writing prompts

Second Grade Writing Prompts - What will a lion say to a mouse? What's in the hole in your yard? What will you do about the panda in your pool? Assign these second grade writing prompts to your students and learn what they think! They'll be using spelling words from my second grade word list while using their imagination and writing skills. 

More  Spelling Bee Words & Helps

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Need more words with sentences, rules, award certificates, and lots of organizational tips? Please consider purchasing our exclusive Spelling Bee Toolbox, for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Each one contains 600 grade-appropriate bee words, used in sentences, and all the resources you need for a successful spelling bee! Learn more.   

Visit my store to see more options for spelling bee word lists without all the extra resources. 

Spelling Mugs!  Reward your spelling bee winners or your hard-working spellers anytime with our own Spelling Words Well mugs!

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