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This gigantic list of 2nd grade vocabulary words will help you help your students learn the most important words of the year! Words come from subject areas, sight word lists, and lists of everyday words that are sure to come up in conversations.
First, you'll see the entire list of 200 words, in alphabetical order. Later, you can scroll down to see 100 of the words arranged in meaningful categories. I've also created a second printable page for students to keep in their desks or notebooks.
Use this handy printable list. Or refer to this list:
As a former teacher and longtime educational writer, I've spent many hours combing important second grade resources, searching out these important words for your students to master this year.
In this shorter list that follows, I've placed just 100 of the words into meaningful categories to help your students learn these words a bit more quickly. I've also added some fun clip art. Here's how to get the most from these lists:
Here's a peek at the printable page. The full version also appears below.
Calendar January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
mammal, amphibian, insect, cheetah, leopard, porcupine, lizard, raccoon, panda,
eagle, cricket, giraffe
Science: force, attract, motion, gravity, environment, extinct, habitat, matter, adapt, cell, atoms, molecules
Math: addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division, patterns, symmetry, fraction, place value, rounding
Foods: spaghetti, hamburgers, macaroni, peanut butter, jelly, chocolate, mango, tangerine, soup, waffles, almonds, salmon, chicken, squash
Homophone Sets: two/to/too, their/there/they’re, bare/bear, brake/break, hear/here, its/it’s, meat/meet, plane/plain, right/write, your/you’re
Adjectives: curious, dangerous, famous, greedy, smooth, steady, weak, nervous, lonely, tiny, wise, pale
Verbs: arrive, chew, invent, agree, seal, shiver, warn, wonder
People: scholar, citizen, governor, mayor,
Places: village, country, continent, world,
Copy one word on a piece of lined paper. Then, ask your child to do one or more of these things:
2nd Grade Writing Prompts - 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 for kids!
Double Z Crossword Puzzle - Help your child build more vocabulary skills as you complete this fun crossword together! It features 15 words that are spelled with double Zs.
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!
2nd Grade Phonics Worksheets - "Finish the Word" and "Match the Word Endings" are two colorful pages for basic phonics practice
See our entire collection of Phonics Games & Activities. You're sure to find something just right for the skills your kids need to practice!
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First Grade Vocabulary Words - 175 great vocab words on a variety of topics for 1st grade students to learn to use in conversation, along with suggested activities. 100 words appear in meaningful categories including sports, animals, compound words and more.
Second Grade Vocabulary Words : 200 words for 2nd grade students to learn and enjoy! 100 of the words are arranged in helpful categories and are arranged on an engaging printable for your students. Challenge your second graders with more words to use in their speaking and written vocabularies.
3rd Grade Vocabulary Words - 200 words to boost your child's spoken and written language skills, arranged alphabetically! Print the complete list from the web page for best results. 100 of the words also appear in an engaging printable, arranged by helpful topics.
4th Grade Vocabulary Words - 200 4th grade vocab words to keep your students on track all year long! Half of the words are also arranged in meaningful categories to help students with word meaning.
5th Grade Vocabulary Words - Boost your fifth graders' spoken and written vocabularies with this BIG list of 200 words, arranged in alphabetical order. I've also selected 100 of these words to put into 10 engaging topics. Try the extension activities for best results!
6th Grade Vocabulary Words - Improve your students' understanding of LOTS of areas of learning by covering these 200 important words! I've included many ways to put these words into use, and I have links to other related pages, too!
These are lists of sight words and spelling words that you may wish to explore with your student.