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2nd Grade Spelling Words & Activities

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Here is a wide assortment of 2nd grade spelling words and activities for your family or classroom! My biggest list of 175 second grade words was compiled after researching textbooks, dictionaries and a variety of online resources. They are words your second grader will need to know to succeed in this key year of elementary school.

While you're here, please check out the rest of my grade-level spelling word lists, games, worksheets, and other age-appropriate activities. Click on the links below for the resources you need.

Lists of 2nd Grade Spelling Words

175 Second Grade Spelling Words - A comprehensive list of words that are important for second graders to know. Here's peek at just a few:

every family fast fed
fight first found friend
give goat goes good
grin happy help here

Second Grade Spelling Bee Words - This printable list of 100 words is suitable for a classroom competition. It's also a great study list for parents! Words range from easy to challenging. 

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. 

Second grade sight words - The all-important Dolch words, broken down in three subsets for your convenience. Study a few at a time.

Group One: best, call,  cold, fast, five, gave, its, sing, sit, sleep, tell us, use, why, wish.  Find the rest of the words, and teaching helps here. 

Dolch words - Complete list of Dolch words for preprimer through 3rd grades. The second grade subset includes always, around, because, been, found, many, these, upon, which, would, write and many more. 

Dolch nouns - More sight words for your 2nd graders to learn to spell. From apple to garden to party to window, these words will equip your students to read and write sentences more easily. Fluency increases as more sight words are mastered! Spelling improvement is a definitive plus as well!

Fun Word Detective Book!

Word Detective Grade 2 - Spelling Word Lists and Puzzles by Ann Richmond Fisher

My book, Word Detective (Grade 2):  130 Games and Puzzles to Improve Spelling, is available on Amazon! This is a hard copy book,  Learn more! 

There's a fun mystery, "The Case of the Hidden Gold," in the book, which kids will solve as they work through the puzzles in the book.  This volume covers 200 spelling words. It's packed with learning and brimming with FUN!  

A Word Detective (Grade 3) is also available on Amazon! Double the fun and get both for your active learners!

Spelling Activities for 2nd Grade

A green bug with blue shoes, from the second grade lesson plans at www.spelling-words-well.com

Second grade lesson plans - 25 spelling dictation sentences and full instructions. Use a few of these each week to provide students with extra practice in writing, spelling and using spelling words in context. 

S.I.P. -  Easy-to-teach lesson covers the of capitalization of holidays and brand names. Fits CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.2a  (Capitalization)

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!

2nd Grade Writing Prompts

2nd Grade Writing Prompts

Set #1 - 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!

Set #2 - What does your pet lizard like to read? When should you NOT give your teacher a big red apple? What should always do in the morning? Your early learners will love these 2nd grade writing prompts!

A Zoo-y Day: Second Grade Writing Worksheet

Second Grade Writing Practice : A Zoo-y Day! - A delightful way for students to practice reading and spelling as they write their very own goofy story about a trip to the zoo. Every story will be different!

Fill-In the Family - Kids identify words in the same word family within a sentence, then add another word from the same family to complete the sentence. Great way to practice reading comprehension and spelling!

Kids' Spelling Practice - Fun ways for students to write their spelling words over and over.  Use "Fancy Letters" or "Partner Practice" to make spelling practice much more interesting!!!

3 students raising their hands

2nd Grade Spelling Activities and Games - Get your students working and thinking together as they practice their spelling words with these whole-class interactive games. Try both "Identity Riddles" and "Stand and Spell for lots of learning fun!


Second Grade Spelling Fun: Puzzlers and Brain Teasers - Play these on the board with the whole class or use paper and pencil at home for some critical thinking and spelling fun!

Roll It! - Easy-to-make spelling word games. Roll the consonants around the tube to spell new words. Great at home or at school.  

Fun Spelling Worksheets eBook

Be sure to check out my collection of Fun Spelling Worksheets for grades 1 and 2. 

You'll find lots of all-new pages, not on the website, to help boost your first and second graders' spelling and phonics skills!

Compound Word Wizards - Whole class  or large-group activity for learning about compound words. Build new words as you play a fun game. Use the same format again and again with new words. Fun for everyone!

Spelling Bee Games - Try one of my new Silent Spelling Bee variations. A fun--and quiet--twist on  a classic game!

I Also Recommend...

You'll also find many helpful ideas for your second grade student in my spelling word games, spelling homework ideas, and 3rd grade spelling words and resources.

Author Ann Richmond Fisher

Ann Richmond Fisher is a longtime published educational writer, a former classroom teacher and a former homeschool teacher. Ann's spelling bee resources, graded spelling word lists, spelling games, worksheets, and other language arts resources have become respected around the globe since she launched Spelling-Words-Well in 2010.

Ann is also the creator of www.word-game-world.com.

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