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Second Grade Spelling Words

second grade boy writing into a notebook

My list of second grade spelling words is a great resource for parents, teachers and students. Use these words for oral and written practice, for spelling games and worksheets. These words were carefully chosen after researching both online and hard-copy published resources.

Remember to teach 2nd graders only a  few words at a time.  About 8-10 words per week is good for most 2nd graders.  When possible, group words in families, such as light, night, and right.

Encourage your child to use his spelling words often, both in wonderful stories from his own imagination, and in factual reports from the world around him.

List of Second Grade Spelling Words

Printable List of 175 Second Grade Spelling Words

a lot after again air also
always animal another any around
ask away back barn bath
because been before best better
between blend boat both bright
brother buy call cannot child
clean clock cold could count
deep deer dish does don't
dress drip drive drop drum
each eight eleven end even
every family fast fed feed
fight first found friend gave
give goat goes good great
grin happy help here high
him home house its jump
just kind kiss large light
line lion list little lock
long look loud lunch made
mess might most much must
new night nine now off
only or our out path
place plus pool put rabbit
read rest right rock said
says sea second seem send
seven shape sight silly sing
sister slid slip snack speed
song soon sound stamp state
still stone such summer take
tell their them there these
thing think ton too tray
treat trick tune twelve under
upon us use very wash
well went where which who
why winter wish work would
write yard year yet your

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2nd Grade Spelling Bee Words - Looking for a slightly more difficult list to use for a competition? Try this list!

Second grade worksheets - Find my People Puzzler here, along with many other unique reproducibles that give your students fun spelling practice.

2nd grade spelling activities and games - Get your students working and thinking together as they practice their spelling words.

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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.

2nd grade writing prompts

To give your students practice in using spelling words in context, try some of my Writing Prompts for Kids. I've written two sets of 2nd grade prompts. Each prompt contains at least one of the words from the second grade spelling word list above. My printable page contains fun illustrations to further engage your students. 

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Whole Class Activities for 2nd grade spelling - Your students are sure to enjoy playing "Stand & Spell" and "Identity Riddles"!  I've written these games to be used again and again with different spelling words each time. So once your students know how these games work, they'll want to play them over and over! It's SO EASY to practice spelling!

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Color Land GameKids practice spelling color words as they try to reach the finish line. Follow the link to find my printable game board and playing cards. Laminate the board for best results so kids can use it again and again. Best for early learners. 

Compound Word Wizards - Whole class  or large-group activity for practicing compound  words. This game is great for your top second graders or third grade students. 

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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