Academic vocabulary words for second graders are broadly used in many subjects and even in everyday conversation. Knowing these words is critical to reading and listening comprehension. They help kids understand new concepts more easily. And when kids know them well enough to use them, these words will add precision to your child’s writing and speaking.

Print this list, courtesy of Hyde Park Central School District, and post it on your fridge or bulletin board where you and your child will see it regularly. Try to use these words in everyday conversation with your child. Hearing new words in context is one of the best ways for kids to learn and remember new words.

Vocabulary words for 2nd graders

amaze energy non-living
amusing enormous noticed
analyze escape observed
annoy estimate opinion
arranged exercise peeking
avoid expect plan
cause famous poke
classify flock predict
community friendly prefer
conclusion frighten process
connection frown publish
continue gasp records
cooperation gather revise
curious gust separate
cycle helpful steaming
data include shivered
describe insist similar
detail investigate sum
diagram label suppose
difference leaned sway
different living stormy
discover march swoop
drowsy matter treasure
edit moist vanish
effect necessary volunteer

See the academic vocabulary lists for 3rd grade and 4th grade, too.

Check out our 2nd grade spelling words worksheets.

Learn more about how to help your 2nd grader with reading skills:

Read: 2nd grade reading
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Do: 2nd grade vocabulary worksheets

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