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VocabularySpellingCity offers these second grade math word lists to provide teachers and parents with supplemental learning activities to incorporate into the 2nd grade math curriculum. In each math area, students can choose a word list and pick from 25 interactive learning activities. The material was created expressly for use in a second grade math class.

The math vocabulary lists are based on the Common Core Second Grade Math Standards. VocabularySpellingCity has chosen second grade academic vocabulary that helps teach key elementary math concepts in grade level-appropriate ways, through context-rich sentences and clear definitions. Teachers can import the word lists into their account, and modify the sentences and definitions as well as add or delete words from the lists.

Common Core State Standards Overview for Second Grade Math

Algebraic Thinking
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  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
  • Add and subtract within 20.
  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.
Number & Operations in Base 10
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  • Understand place value.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
Measurement & Data
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  • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.
  • Relate addition and subtraction to length.
  • Work with time and money.
  • Represent and interpret data.
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  • Reason with shapes and their attributes
Source: www.corestandards.org
Second Grade Algebraic Thinking
Operations & Algebraic Thinking - List 1 of 1
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Everyone agrees on the importance of reading in developing a child's education. Second to reading, elementary math vocabulary instruction delivers the most impact for study time.

The math vocabulary lists are based on the Common Core Second Grade Math Standards. Learning through using 2nd grade math terms for drill and practice is essential to help children develop an understanding of what they read. This also applies to learning and understanding the math concepts presented throughout the second grade. Students need to gain familiarity with 2nd grade math words and vocabulary in order to comprehend the subject matter.

The themed 2nd grade math vocabulary lists enable second graders to gain math confidence. Through an oral presentation of 2nd grade math definitions and exciting online games, second grade math students can gain a thorough understanding of grade-appropriate math concepts. This enables them to comprehend math lessons with greater acuity. Teachers find this student-centered and engaging approach to be a great alternative to using a 2nd grade math dictionary or referring to a second grade math glossary. Using these targeted second grade math vocabulary lists, students are finding that they can now not only understand math, but enjoy it too!

Second Grade Math Vocabulary
Words at a Glance:

Algebraic Thinking

Operations & Algebraic Thinking: sort, alike, commutative property, expanded form, match, unknown, size, different, associative property, similar

Base Ten Operations

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Comparison: small, greatest, near, after, more than, smallest, equal, compare, whole number, integer

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Counting: count forward, number line, sequence, skip-counting, odd, pattern, numeral, even

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Grouping: group, regroup, estimate, rule, pattern, fact family, length, classification

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Numbers: hundred, one, ordinal number, zero, cardinal number, number line, ten, odd, even, sequence

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Operations: sum, addition, subtraction, difference, number sentence, minus, plus, solve, numeral, operation

Number & Operations in Base Ten - Place Value: tens, hundreds, fourths, halves, half, double, ones, thirds, digit, part

Measurement & Data

Calendar: date, day, week, calendar, month, event, leap year, season

Fractions: equivalent, extend, whole, equal parts, ones, tens, one-third, one-fourth, fraction, integer

Length: foot, temperature, thermometer, longest, centimeter, inch, meter, yard, length, degree

Money: coin, dollar, money, dime, nickel, quarter, penny, half-dollar, cent, currency

Showing Data: symbol, table, bar graph, interpret, pie chart , tally, picture graph, data

Statistics: estimate, survey, predict, unlikely, likely, equal, outcome, equally likely, impossible, certain

Time: time, second, minute hand, hour, elapsed time, quarter-hour, minute, hour hand,half-hour, second hand

Weight/Volume: gram, balance, cup, quart, pint, pound, kilogram, liter, size, ounce


Classification: reflect, set, slide, rotate, measure, turn, angle, column

Description: right, rectangular, perimeter, distance, circular, corner, below, beside, above, left

Prisms: cube, cone, prism, cylinder, face, line of symmetry, dimensions, sphere, three dimensional

Shapes: pentagon, shape, sides, square, triangle, trapezoid, circle, rectangle, symmetry, polygon, parallelogram, plane shapes, hexagon, octagon, two-dimensional, line of symmetry, intersect, geometry, quadrilateral, parallel

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