Academic vocabulary words for second graders are broadly used in many subjects and even in everyday conversation. Knowing these vocabulary words is critical to reading and listening comprehension. They help kids understand new concepts more easily. And when students in second grade 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.
Here are the best ways to help your child learn these (and any) new words. First, use these words in everyday conversation with your child. Hearing new vocabulary words in context is the best ways for kids to learn and remember them. Second, read through these second grade vocabulary words with your child and see which ones your child already knows. For each word that your child does not know yet (read more about the incredible power of “yet”), look up the meaning together. Make up a sentence using that word and have your child write it down. Do this with up to 5 new words and then: have your child test themself! Self-testing is one of the best ways to learn something new!
2nd grade vocabulary words
Check out our 2nd grade spelling words worksheets.