These 2nd grade vocabulary worksheets will help build your child’s language skills, one word at a time.  At this age, there are so many ways that children are learning to read and write. But what many parents don’t know is how much a strong vocabulary can help your child become a confident reader and writer and ultimately, an excellent student. Think of each word as a little concept – complete with meaning, history, and form. As your child masters these concepts, they gradually build their knowledge of the world.

Compound words #1

Skill: Decoding words

Compound-words, 2nd grade vocabulary worksheets

The milkman ate pancakes while watching football. Some words are made up of two other words.

In this language arts worksheet, your child gets practice putting together compound words such as postman, playground, and footstool.


Compound words #2

Skill: Building 2nd grade vocabulary

Compound-words2, 2nd grade vocabulary worksheets

Suit + case = suitcase! When two individual words can be added together to form a new word, that’s a compound word.

In this language arts worksheet, using a set of 15 root words your child will make as many compound words as possible.


Compound words: all mixed up!

Skill: Creating compound words


Muddle-dee, double-dee, these compound words are all mixed up!

Cupbody?!? That’s not a word! In this language arts worksheet, your child will work on decoding compound words that have been incorrectly paired. They will write the accurate compound words when they recognize them.


Decoding English

Skill: Learning homographs


One word, multiple meanings. Can your child figure out the word?

A homograph is a word with the same spelling as another word, but a different meaning. For instance wave is a way to greet someone or something a surfer rides in the ocean. In this 2nd grade vocabulary worksheet, your child will see sets of three different definitions for a word, and then write the one word that matches all three.



Skill: Learning word relationships


Large, big, huge, and gigantic are synonyms of one another. A synonym is a word with the same meaning as another word.

In this vocabulary-building worksheet, your child gets practice identifying synonyms for words such as hot, fast, and angry.