2nd Grade Vocabulary and Spelling Word Lists

Second grade students are pushed to become more experienced readers through increased exposure to fiction, poetry, and informational text. As a result, vocabulary and word instruction are key components of the second grade curriculum.

In second grade, students are expected to:

  • Increase word usage and knowledge.
  • Discuss books, articles, and short stories.
  • Analyze and clarify language.

By the end of the year, second graders should demonstrate an understanding of multiple-meaning words, integrate knowledge and ideas, and read with accuracy and fluency to comprehend text.

Must know second grade spelling words include sight words like ALWAYS, AROUND, FAST, FIRST, GOES, and GREEN. Our second grade spelling lists include Fry Instant Words of the most common words used in English.

With VocabularySpellingCity, meet second grade English Language Arts standards all while integrating vocabulary instruction across content areas. Get the tools to develop word study lessons with more mature and complex vocabulary that will challenge your students to excel.

Why It Works

We make implementing personalized and differentiated instruction easy.

Our research-based, classroom-tested learning program is proven to increase vocabulary retention scores by 43% and increase reading comprehension for ELL students by 46.5%. This classroom-tested, game-based learning program provides the repeated spaced practice, multiple exposures, and multiple modalities needed to transfer words into long-term memory.

Import ready-made second grade word lists or create a your own list and assign engaging, interactive learning games and activities.

Some of the features teachers love:

  • Personalized practice & multiple word exposures
  • Immediate feedback & self testing
  • Access to word lists for every subject & grade level
  • Word lists aligned to second grade curriculum & standards
  • Review lists based on students’ progress
  • Vocabulary practice in & outside the classroom

2nd Grade Spelling Words

In second grade, students should have command of grade level appropriate sight words, read and comprehend informational text with domain-specific vocabulary, and use context to determine the correct meaning of homonyms (multiple-meaning words).

Successful second grade vocabulary instruction involves direct instruction to expand word knowledge and text comprehension as well as independent word-play to motivate and enhance learning.

Our research-based program is modeled to help students develop a deeper understanding of words through gameplay. Import pre-made second grade vocabulary and spelling lists, or create your own second grade word lists. Choose from second grade spelling lists, that include Dolch and Fry words, or second grade content-specific vocabulary word lists in the subjects areas of reading, math, science, and social studies. Access additional available word lists to accompany reading programs, like Journeys, and informational text.

2nd Grade Spelling Lists

This is your one-stop shop for a number of second grade spelling lists for the classroom.

Pair your second grade spelling lists with over 40 learning games and activities, or choose from the available second grade vocabulary printable worksheets. Reinforce foundational skills, like phonics and word recognition, challenge your students with word meaning, and improve reading comprehension.

2nd Grade Evan-Moor Spelling Lists

Building Spelling Skills –
Week 1 List

  • on
  • not
  • but
  • at
  • had
  • in
  • did
  • get
  • red
  • hot

Building Spelling Skills –
Week 2 List

  • as
  • has
  • fox
  • box
  • mix
  • egg
  • jam
  • pet
  • nap
  • big

Building Spelling Skills –
Week 3 List

  • his
  • is
  • an
  • and
  • can
  • all
  • call
  • land
  • hand
  • small

2nd Grade Academic Vocabulary Spelling Lists

Academic Vocabulary List 1

  • draft
  • narrator
  • prewrite
  • indent
  • boldface
  • conflict
  • publish
  • summarize
  • analyze
  • expository

Academic Vocabulary List 2

  • abbreviation
  • capitalization
  • comma
  • contraction
  • visualize
  • index
  • paragraph
  • synonym
  • antonym
  • generate

Academic Vocabulary List 3

  • adjective
  • suffix
  • pronoun
  • prefix
  • adverb
  • caption
  • alliteration
  • categorize
  • demonstrate
  • examine

2nd Grade Spelling Lists

Compound Words List 1

  • suntan
  • notebook
  • inside
  • myself
  • outside
  • birdhouse
  • homework
  • birthday
  • without
  • something

Compound Words List 2

  • butterfly
  • footprint
  • goldfish
  • ladybug
  • mailbox
  • raincoat
  • snowman

Compound Words List 3

  • seesaw
  • rainbow
  • cupcake
  • sunshine
  • airplane
  • lunchbox
  • lipstick
  • barnyard
  • anyone
  • cowboy

2nd Grade Literature, Math, Science, & Social Studies Spelling Lists

How the Camel Got His Hump Spelling List

  • bubbling
  • behave
  • hump
  • fetch
  • plough
  • camel
  • reflection
  • bearing
  • idle
  • stroke

Measurement & Data – Money Spelling List

  • penny
  • currency
  • cent
  • dime
  • quarter
  • nickel
  • dollar
  • coin
  • half-dollar
  • money

Matter Spelling List

  • condensation
  • melt
  • phase changes
  • boil
  • evaporation
  • heating
  • chemical change
  • change of state
  • physical change
  • cooling

Electricity Spelling List 1

  • electricity
  • energy
  • fossil fuel
  • power
  • reuse
  • energy system
  • resource
  • heat energy

Community Spelling List

  • transportation
  • neighborhood
  • town
  • bank
  • volunteer
  • police
  • community
  • family

2nd Grade Spelling Words

Select a link below to view available 2nd grade word lists:

SECOND GRADE READING PROGRAMS

Import second grade word lists for spelling, high frequency words, or vocabulary for each unit as organized in popular reading programs.

SECOND GRADE SPELLING

Import second grade high-frequency word lists, as well as spelling word lists aligned with Irene Fountas’ and Gay Su Pinnell’s K-3 spelling continuum.

SECOND GRADE VOCABULARY

Import second grade vocabulary word lists.

SECOND GRADE – OTHER SUBJECTS

Import second grade content-specific vocabulary lists.

The following games are among the most popular and recommended for 2nd graders.

Word Study gives students the opportunity to explore spelling, syllables, sounds, and context, including definitions and parts of speech.

Play Word Study with a 2nd grade math list.

Initial Sound Speller provides practice recognizing sound-spelling correspondences. Practice of these basic phonics skills prepare students for blending words orally and in writing.

Play Initial Sound Speller with a 2nd grade social studies list.

Sentence Writing Practice allows students to create and type in a sentence for each one of their spelling or vocabulary words.

Play Sentence Writing Practice with a 2nd grade compound word list.

Word Unscramble provides practice unscrambling letters to form words.

Play Word Unscramble with a 2nd grade science list.

Sentence Unscramble provides practice unscrambling words to form sentences.

Play Sentence Unscramble with a 2nd grade Reading Street word list.