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Reading is important for kids of all ages, whether they’re reading on their own or hearing stories from teachers, parents and the other adults in their lives. It’s especially important for first graders because they’re still learning language, and reading helps them understand the sounds and patterns words make.

You can shop for books in stores, check them out from libraries and even buy them online, but you can also find free or inexpensive digital books for kids online. Reading them is as easy as visiting one of these websites. Some may require a membership signup, but for most of them, you can go straight to the link and start reading.

Wilbooks offers free digital books for kids ages pre-K through third grade and reading levels A through M. You can also sort their books by collection or series. For example, there are books that are Common Core-approved, Spanish language books, joke books, alphabet books and more.

reading homework ideas for 2nd grade

Many of the books are free to read online. However, for a monthly fee or annual subscription, you can receive physical books in the mail and access educational printables. Individual, school and classroom accounts are all available. If you want to stick to the dozens of free books available, click on the one you like, and it will appear in a pop-up window. Once it does, you can start reading.

At FunBrain , you’ll find a selection of books for elementary and middle grades, including some of the popular books and series that kids love the most. Look for titles like Judy Moody , Diary of a Wimpy Kid , Smashie McPerter , Amelia , Stink and more. Each title gives a suggested grade level range.

reading homework ideas for 2nd grade

However, if you’re reading with your child, you may find that you want to work your way through all of the books, even the ones for older kids. The FunBrain site also has games for kids of ages and videos like Kidz Bop , Teen Titans Go! and Highlights Kids . It also has informative videos on topics like getting along with siblings or dealing with bullies. The site even has a section on math.

Created by Oxford University Press, Oxford Owl offers a free site for parents and children to use at home, as well as a membership version for teachers and schools. The home version offers a free eBook library for kids ages 3 to 11, including both fiction and nonfiction.

reading homework ideas for 2nd grade

You can also browse by series or Oxford Reading Level. Beyond books, the Oxford Owl site offers a blog with advice for parents and kids on topics like summer reading and what to expect when school starts. There are math games and phonics guides, and you’ll find a selection of activities to do at home, sorted by age and grade level.

Storyline Online

One of the most well-known sites where you’ll find free online books for kids is Storyline Online . It’s won several awards, including an Emmy, and it’s been endorsed by the American Library Association.

reading homework ideas for 2nd grade

The site is filled with some of the most popular kids’ books, and rather than read them yourself, you can watch a video of a celebrity like Kevin Costner, Eva Longoria or Betty White read them to you. Each book has its own activity guide, and you can buy the books from the site if you’d like to own a physical copy.

International Children’s Digital Library

The International Children’s Digital Library has one of the biggest selections of kids’ books online. Choose from more than 4,000 titles in approximately 60 languages. You can narrow the selections down by age, length of book, topic and other categories.

reading homework ideas for 2nd grade

You can even search for books that are from each continent. If you sign up for a free account, you can create a virtual bookshelf with your child’s favorites so that you can find them easily when you want.


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2nd Grade Homework

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But what does the research say?  Harris Copper, a psychology and neuroscience professor at Duke University and the nation’s leading expert on homework (what a boring job!), reviewed 100+ homework related studies from the past decade.

His findings?  Well, apparently homework in the elementary grades does little to help student achievement.  Kids who do their homework aren’t necessarily going to outperform their non-homework doing classmates.  In high school, it’s a different scenario, but for the little ones it isn’t that crucial.

“However, we support assigning homework to younger elementary-school children due to its potential long-term developmental impact,” Dr. Cooper says, “It helps elementary students develop proper study skills which, in turn, influence grades.”

And from Cathy Vatterott (former teacher, associate professor of education at the University of Missouri—St Louis, and author of Rethinking Homework) we find that the value of homework is in “reinforcing or practicing skills already learned and giving (teachers) feedback to check for understanding.”

Alright, well I’m not totally out in left field.  So what do I do?

On Monday 3 things go home:

We do 3 half-sheets a week (or less if it’s a short week).  I don’t send it home on Thursdays so they have time to finish up the spelling practice.

There are 5 main strands for language arts.


The emphasis is on practicing vowel sounds, but there are also some consonant skills.  The sequence of phonics skills aligns with our morning work book practice.



Covering topics from the common core like contractions, plurals, past tense, etc.  I also toss in some sight word review if it will fit on the page.

Sometimes the students are composing the writing.


A lot of times students are asked to edit writing because that’s a big part of our end-of-year test and no matter how much writing we do in-class, the transfer of skills to the test format doesn’t happen automatically.


This strand is pretty eclectic.  There’s practice with compound words and synonyms.  There’s also some word analogies, glossary practice, and collective noun review.  Sometimes they learn new words (using a modified Frayer model graphic organizer).


These 5 language art strands cycle through every 5 days of the homework.  It’s the same with math.

Place Value

This is huge in the 2 nd grade common core for a reason.  A firm understanding of our base-10 system and how to use it to understand and solve problems is essential for more complex mathematics.  ESSENTIAL!

In the homework pages, the sequence of these skills follows the outline from Singapore math and the Learning Trajectories .  Are you familiar with the Trajectories?  A fabulous book!  Assuming you have $45 to spend (!!) it will change the way you teach math.

Anyway, the place value pages build on those ideas.  There’s practice of building numbers within ten.  Working with ones and tens, making numbers with hundreds, and using place value patterns to problem solve.


What you won’t find are any pages with problems like this:

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I debated this for a while.  I used to have problems like that.  But here’s why I decided against it.

The common core says this for 2 nd grade:

Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction…

It says nothing about using the algorithm.  And while the algorithm (step-by-step adding the ones , regrouping a ten if necessary, adding the tens, etc.) isn’t the enemy, teaching it too early stops the development of deeper thinking.

So when students see problems written like this:

And, more importantly, when parents see problems written like that, the reaction is to follow the algorithm regardless of a student’s readiness or understanding.   I found that when I sent home problems like that, all of the amazing, creative thinking and problem solving perseverance that I’d nurtured like a rare orchid was crushed under the booted foot of, “Look what my mom showed me!”   No longer were they interested in how the solved the problem or why their strategy worked.  They just wanted to follow the steps and be done.

So, no more.


Problem Solving

Each problem solving page has 3 problems and plenty of work room.  Topics cover addition, subtraction (1 and 2-step problems), comparisons, multiplication, division, money, and writing their own story problems.

Even though there aren’t any 3-digit addition pages, there are plenty of story problems using 2 and 3-digit numbers.  Why?

Well, using larger numbers helps students solidify their base-10 understanding.  If they have to decompose 186 into 100+80+6 in order to figure out a problem, you can bet they’re really thinking about the numbers and how place value can help them find the answer.  Also, in a problem solving format, students are more likely to solve it in a way that makes sense rather than following meaningless steps.


There’s a great article here if you’re curious about why I sometimes have kids write their own math problems.

Students get a chance to practice tally charts, bar graphs, pictographs, line graphs, data tables, and line plots.


I hadn’t done much with line plots before they were in the core.  I really enjoyed making some up for these homework pages.


This is where you’ll find questions about telling time, counting coins, even and odd, greater than/less than, geometry, even more place value, measurement, and fractions.

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If you’re interested in learning more about our 2nd grade homework, you can get the table of contents here .  It goes through each day by topic and content.

At our Teachers Pay Teachers shop you can download a 10-page sample (pages 61-70).  That’s a preview of 2 weeks worth of homework!


I hope you find this as useful in your 2nd grade as my team does!  A little bit of review every day pays big dividends in the end!

Note: We have created a 40 page add-on pack of homework for those who have requested more days. Find the add-on pack here. 


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38 Awesome 2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Activities

2nd grade reading comprehension activities

June 10, 2022 //  by  Maria Van Norman

Second-graders have many of the fundamental skills for reading under their belt. This is when second-grade teachers can dig a bit deeper into students' comprehension skills by engaging in reading comprehension activities. Getting creative, reading fun stories, and using a variety of texts (both nonfiction and fiction books included) will keep your students interested and excited to learn.

Throwing in a student's favorite chapter book or having them independently choose what to read can create excitement as well. Draw on the following awesome reading comprehension lessons to give your kids a boost in school and on their way to a lifetime of success.

Hands-On Comprehension Activities 

1. mark up the main idea .


Arm the kids with this reading comprehension worksheet that focuses on the main idea and key details. Read the comprehension passage together and answer the exercise questions. You can then move on to other grade-level comprehension passages to find the main idea and key details.

Learn More: K5 Learning

2. Compare-A-Character


This kid-friendly resource gets students thinking about the essential skill, characterization. In this comprehension exercise, the kids will write down what they learn about two of the main characters in the story. They will record the character's differences and similarities.

Learn More: Florida Center for Reading Research

3. Frank's Facts vs. Opie's Opinions


Use this worksheet to teach kids about facts vs. opinions. Have the students use their critical thinking skills to decide whether each statement is either one of Frank’s Facts or Opie’s Opinions. Use an F for fact and O for opinion.

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4. Super Shutterbook Reading Response


Create a shutter book and choose what the kids need to review. There are many things to do with a shutter book, such as summarizing the story. The kids can practice fact vs. fiction or even setting. This engaging activity will be a hit as the kids get to be creative!

Learn More: Upper Elementary Snapshots

5. Comprehension Cootie Catcher for Story Elements


Have kids create this cootie catcher.  (There are spots to add in your own questions in case the students need a refresher with other types of comprehension topics.) Pair up the students and have them review the story by answering the questions about story elements.

Learn More: Classroom Game Nook

6. Persuade, Inform, or Entertain?


Completing this activity will teach kids how to recognize the author’s purpose for a text. Print out the cards and have students place the cards that say “persuade,” “inform,” and “entertain” in a row. Then give them the passages and have them place them in the correct column.

Learn More: Florida Center For Reading Research

7. Creating Mind Movies


Share with the students that imagery revolves around their five senses. Then, spend some magical time reading them a story rich with imagery. Have them close their eyes and imagine what the story describes. Ask them questions about the characters and setting and have them explain what they imagined.

Learn More: Reading Rockets

8. Cause and Effect Match Up 


9. The Retelling Glove


Grab a light-colored glove and permanent marker. On each finger, either write out the story element or draw a picture as described in this activity. Take some read-aloud time and stop periodically to have them answer the questions based on each finger. This will help them practice retelling a story.

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10. Fiction and Non-Fiction Review: Grab Some Books


Review whether a book is fiction or non-fiction with this activity. Grab some books of different genres and this printout. Have students either use the two larger cards and put each book under the correct genre or have them fill in the titles under the correct genre on the printout.

11. Comic Creator 


On a blank piece of paper, create three columns, evenly spaced (or print this template). Have students draw a scene from the book in each column. Give them some colored pencils, crayons, and markers, and allow them to get creative. Spend some one-on-one time discussing their choices for each scene.

12. K-W-L Chart


Using this template (or create one that's similar), have students fill in the Know (K) and Want-to-Know (W) sections in reference to the text they are about to read. Next, read the text and have them fill in the Learned (L) section to see what they grasped from the text.

Learn More: Home Reading Helper

13. Prediction Worksheets


Before reading a book, the students will see the title of the book. Use this worksheet to practice predicting what a book will be about based on its title. Discuss their thoughts on why they chose their prediction.

14. Create a WANTED Poster


Talk about the "bad guy" in the story by having them create a WANTED poster. The students will use details from the story to fill in the poster with both a drawing of the character and some fun writing about why the character is "WANTED." Discuss the poster when finished.

15. Compare-A-Story


Have students make text-to-text connections by comparing stories using this graphic organizer. Use as many details as possible by thinking about the story elements. Fill in the similarities and the differences between the two stories.

Reading Comprehension and Media! 

Sometimes, it's hard to get your hands on the perfect comprehension stories and books, thankfully we live in an age where almost everything can be found online. Here are some amazing online activities that have already been completed for you! Save on planning time and spend more time enhancing your students learning with these videos.

16. The Dog and The Joey

Enhance and assess your student's context clue skills with this read-aloud. Read in small groups, as a whole class, or at home. Your students will be engaged throughout the entire story and will surely be excited to answer the questions at the end!

Learn more: Hype Math

17. Ask the W's

In this video, students will go on a journey with an experienced second-grade teacher, learning how to ask proper questions! Honestly, this video not only will be great for students to watch but also very helpful for teachers to get a little refresher on asking questions during comprehension.

Learn more: Hand 2 Mind

18. Story Elements

There's no doubt that teaching story elements isn't an easy task. It takes lots of repetition and visuals to drill story elements into a child's day-to-day thinking. Start or refresh your kiddos with this video in order to give them a different type of fun and engaging visual.

Learn more: Leigha Nunnally

19. Comprehension Read Aloud

My students absolutely love this story. It's engaging and always interesting for students to hear someone else reading to them. It's always important to introduce your kiddos to different styles of reading. This is a great way to see how well they do, listening and comprehending a story read in a different style than your own.

Learn more: Nicole's Speech & Language Consultations, LLC

20. Sparkle Tooth

Pull up this video on your student's Ipads or Chromebooks and have them read aloud to a partner or in small groups. This can also be used as an individual student assessment if desired. Listen to your students read the story for fluency and ask questions at the end to assess their comprehension.

Learn more: KidsEduc – Kids Educational Games

21. Visualize

Creating mental images is so important for students listening to and reading stories. It's important for students to understand exactly  how to visualize before they can successfully apply this skill. In this video, students will learn the different ways to visualize. Follow it up with an activity solely focused on visualizing.

Learn more: Shannon McGilloway

22. Comprehension Strategies

Honestly, this is one of my favorite videos on the web. Use this video and imitate it in your classroom by making a poster of all of the different comprehension strategies, or watch it along with your class!

23. I Am A Snail Poem

I Am A Snail is a poem written by an anonymous author, it is both engaging and great for practicing fluency. In this video, read with your students in a variety of repeated reading strategies that will help them to enhance their fluency.

Learn more: Astute Hoot

24. Good Morning Comprehension

This video provides a great start to the day! Reading in the morning will help your students get ready for the day. The Giving Tree  is an extremely popular story and most likely you students will have read this book before. Making it even better for comprehension! If you already have this book in the classroom, use this video for some ideas on how to properly use it to boost comprehension.

Learn more: Speech Day with Tiana Mae

25. Character Understanding

Teaching students in 2nd grade to see from another character's point of view isn't always easy. Sometimes, it can take hours of planning and prep to make sure you get your point across. In this case, it's super important to revisit how to teach character understanding. This video will give an overview of exactly what students need to know!

Learn more: Hannah Braun

Sight Words

Are sight words important for student comprehension? Of course, they are! Being able to recognize grade-level sight words will help students to read more fluently. These words are meant to be remembered and immediately read, without students having to sound them out. Save time, and help your students read more fluently by integrating these strategies into your classroom.

26. Basic 2nd Grade Sight Words

Here is a video that reads with your students and helps them to read sight words! It's important for students to be able to read and understand these sight words. They are grade level and this is a perfect transition activity if there is a bit more time left at the end of a lesson.

Learn more: Read Kids

27. Make Your List!

This video can be used to make a list of sight words that are grade level. It can often be difficult to find grade-level sight words that aren't included within a program. If your school doesn't provide a spelling program, then create your own list using this video! During free time, have students follow along and read the words.

Learn more: GKL - Golden Kids Learning

28. Sight Word Songs

We all love a good song to incorporate into our classroom. This song may take some time to learn, but listening daily will help students with their listening and spelling comprehension. Break it down and learn it in pieces or have students go big and try to learn it all.

Learn more: Little Fox - Kids Songs and Stories

29. How to Teach Sight Words

If you're new to teaching younger students or just haven't sat down and looked at teaching sight words in a while, review the proper science behind teaching them with this video! Although it may not be a direct activity, it will surely help you to find activities that support the science behind teaching sight words.

Learn more: Susan Jones Teaching

30. Sight Word Memory


This sight word memory game will be so much fun for students! Save yourself some prep time and use it online or make up your own matching game! It might be beneficial to have students write down the words on flashcards while they're playing.

Learn more: Worldwall

31. Build These Words


This is a really fun activity for students in any classroom. I love to use this as a whole-group activity and have students guess the answers by raising their hands or working as teams. They love to join the leaderboard at the end of the lesson as well.

32. Sight Word Bingo


There's nothing better than a quick little game of bingo! What a perfect way to call out the sight words, other than pulling up the Random Wheel on your smart board. Students will love to come up and spin the Random Wheel. While finding and marking the sight words on their Bingo cards.

33. Color By Sight Word


My students absolutely love color by sight word. This website offers a variety of different sight words coloring sheets that may be perfect to bring into your classroom.

Learn more: Teach Starfall

Classroom Visuals

Making sure to hit each child's learning techniques is vital to a successful classroom. Having visuals set up throughout the classroom is great and necessary for any 2nd grade. Whether you create these together as a whole class or just read through them together, it will surely help students to grasp a better understanding of their reading comprehension skills.

34. Purchase Posters


Purchasing posters and creating an activity to go along with them is a great way to enhance student learning. Your students will love these colorful posters that will help teach them a few different comprehension tricks!

Learn more: Teachers Pay Teachers

35. Reading Wall


A reading word wall like this is both inviting and engaging. Adding this to your classroom will brighten it up and give students a visual board when they are stuck on a certain comprehension skill.

Learn more: Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

36. Create a Focus Board


Although this is a high prep board, it's totally worth it! This can be a bit overwhelming in the first year of teaching, but once the words and different visualizations are created based on the curriculum, creating this board will become quite simple over the years.

Learn more: Life in First Grade

37. Retell the Story


This is an amazing visual that should really be integrated into any 2nd-grade classroom. Teaching beginning, middle, and end shouldn't be hard. Have this posted in the front of your classroom and students are sure to use it to help them confidently read through their reading passage or answer their comprehension questions.

Learn more: A Walk in the Chalk

38. Reading is Thinking


It's important to make sure that your students know the importance of thinking while reading. This will help them make connections to any comprehension passage. Therefore, having a poster like this displayed somewhere in the classroom, will help them to mark up their paper while reading and make connections.


There are so many great resources out there when it comes to helping second-grade students with reading comprehension skills. Whichever activities you choose, be sure to ask students a lot of questions to help them through. As long as you can get a bit creative and mix up your lessons, the students will be engaged and learning.

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20 Fun Second Grade Reading Comprehension Activities

Help your students dig deeper into texts.

Second grade reading comprehension activities including "Toss around a story ball" with a beach ball that says, "Were" and "Why" and "Make a shutter book" with a folded paper book illustrated by a student

Second graders are some of the most enthusiastic readers out there. They are transitioning from the basics into readers looking for meaning. As they build upon their comprehension skills, they are beginning to make connections to themselves and the world at large. These second grade reading comprehension activities will help your students dig deeper into texts on their own as well as with their peers.

1. Build a pyramid.

Printout of reading comprehension activity using plastic cups with symbols on them

This idea was born out of one teacher’s students’ eternal love for constructing cup towers at any opportunity! The cups are coded with symbols to represent different story elements. After reading their leveled text, students share each story element while building their cup pyramid from the bottom up. They can then record the story elements on the matching graphic organizer.

Learn more: Teach Outside the Box

2. Clip together a reading strategy fan.

Reading strategy cards joined together to form a fan

Modeling is the best way to guide students through reading comprehension strategies. But unless they’re actively participating in the process, they simply won’t retain enough of the strategy to make any meaningful difference in their own independent comprehension of text. That’s where these strategy fans come in. The link below shows how this teacher uses the cards in her class.

Learn more: Organized Classroom

3. Use a volcano graphic organizer.

Drawing of a volcano divided into three parts for students to record their thoughts on reading a book beginning, middle and end

Demonstrate how to draw a simple volcano shape, divided into three sections, and have students draw one in their reading journal. After reading the first few pages of the story, ask students to write first impressions at the base of the volcano. This is also a good place to make predictions about where they think the story is going. At about the halfway point, have students write what they think and how they think the story is changing. Once they have finished reading, they will write what they think the story is really trying to teach them and what they took away from the story at the top of the volcano.

Learn more: Student Treasures

4. Compare characters.

Reading comprehension worksheet for 2nd graders to compare characters in a story

Encourage your students to think more deeply about the characters in a story. In the head of each figure, ask students to write a character’s name. Then have them write specific attributes about the character in the torso section. In the circle between the characters, have them write shared characteristics between the two figures.

Learn more: Florida Center for Reading Research

5. Construct a comprehension cootie catcher.

Cootie catcher -- 2nd grade reading comprehension

Once the bane of classroom teachers, cootie catchers have become a novel way to practice skills that kids can get excited about. This free download from the Classroom Game Nook includes three versions with questions about characters, setting, plot, and more.

Learn more: The Classroom Game Nook

6. Put on a retelling glove.

Retelling glove -- 2nd grade reading comprehension

Retelling is a vital skill for young readers to work on to help them understand what they are reading. These gloves are a snappy accessory with labels that you can easily change. For fiction retellings, you can include setting, characters, problem, events, and solution. For nonfiction retellings, you can include main idea and supporting details. At the bottom of the glove, you can focus on making connections.

Learn more: One Giggle at a Time

7. Create a Wanted poster.

WANTED poster -- 2nd grade reading comprehension

This free lesson from is a fun writing and drawing activity that has students take what they know about the bad person in the story and turn the details into a colorful Wanted poster.

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8. Roll and chat your way to understanding.

Roll and chat -- 2nd grade reading comprehension activities

If you’re looking for fun second grade reading comprehension activities that work well for stations or small-group work, try Roll & Chat. Players take turns rolling dice and answering questions about their reading.

Learn more: Playful in Primary

9. Toss a story ball around.

Toss a story ball -- 2nd grade reading comprehension

Kids will love this version of toss using a beach ball customized with questions that can be used for any reading passage. It’s a great activity for review or when you want to keep the learning going, but your kids need to get up and move.

Learn more: Coffee Cups and Crayons

10. Follow a yellow brick road.

Follow a yellow brick road -- 2nd grade reading comprehension

This fun lesson is another way to work on retelling skills. Print out these free story-element cards. Then, lay them out to create a road. As students hop from one yellow “brick” to the next, they retell the story.

Learn more: Cara Carroll

11. Make a shutter book.

Make a shutter book -- 2nd grade reading comprehension

This lovely foldable book is a great way for students to show their understanding of story elements in a colorful way. This is a great guided reading project to go along with a read-aloud.

Learn more: Upper Elementary Snapshots

12. Make book talks a regular part of your literacy block.

Idea cards for a student book talk

Book talks are a great way for students to demonstrate their reading comprehension. But sometimes when students get up in front of others, they’re not quite sure what to talk about. Download these adorable topic cards to guide students as they tell their classmates about what they are reading.

Learn more: Teacher’s Takeout

13. Celebrate the joy of reading with Flashlight Fridays.

child reading a book by flashlight

I can’t think of a better way to end the week than implementing Flashlight Fridays into your ELA block. The students absolutely love reading in the dark and out of their desks. Add to the fun by allowing them to bring in cozy blankets and their favorite squishy!

Learn more: Flashlight Fridays

14. Implement Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies.

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When it comes to cooperative learning and active engagement, Dr. Spencer and Laurie Kagan are the ultimate masters. My personal favorite Kagan strategy is called “Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up.” Using this strategy, students are out of their seats and mix around the room. When they are signaled to stop, they find their nearest peer, partner up, and discuss whatever topic you choose. 

Learn more: Kagan Publishing

15. Toss around reading comprehension cubes.

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These are great conversation starters that will encourage your students to discuss different aspects of a story with their classmates. Use them in centers, small groups, or as a whole-group activity. 

Buy it: Reading Comprehension Cubes at Amazon

16. Make a story-retelling paper bag book.

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These cute booklets are easy to make and focus on important story elements. Your students will have so much fun making them, while honing in on those important ELA skills. 

Learn more: Comprehension Connection

17. Create a lap-book-style book report.

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Lap books are another creative way to put thoughts to paper in writing, while still fostering those artistic vibes. Use this as a whole-group assignment after a read-aloud, or have students make one after reading a book independently.

Learn more: Cara’s Creative Playground

18. Complete a story element map.

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Students can handwrite their ideas or draw pictures describing each story element with this handy story map template. Kick things up a notch by making a double-sided copy to allow students to both write and draw their ideas!

Learn more: Katie Byrd

19. Play a storytelling-themed board game.

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Players draw random story elements and use them to tell a tall-tale type of story. With five different ways to play, it is easy to reach all types of learners and learning styles with this adaptable and fun game. 

Buy it: Tall Tales Storytelling Board Game on Amazon

20. Hold a Book Character Day.

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Book Character Day is one of those second grade reading comprehension activities that kids will remember forever! It gives them a chance to show how much they really know about one of their favorite characters. Encourage them to dress as their character and carry props that are part of their story. Maybe they’d even like to act like and talk in the voice of their character. Be sure to set aside time for each student to tell their classmates about the character they chose and why.

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Second graders are learning to think actively as they read. They use their experiences and knowledge of the world, vocabulary, a growing understanding how language works, and reading strategies to make sense of what they're reading. 

This project was developed in partnership with the National Education Association and Colorín Colorado.

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Second graders are becoming independent, active readers who ask questions and think about what they're reading! Here are some of the things your second grader can do:

Here are some basic things you can do to boost your child's comprehension skills:

Try to read at home together every day

Although your second grader may be reading independently, it's still a good idea to build in some read aloud time. You will continue to introduce your child to more sophisticated vocabulary and stories, including chapter books. Reading aloud is one of the best ways to help children learn about the world and make connections between their own lives and what's in the book — and that helps children see the world with empathy. And last but not least, it's a chance to spend one-on-one time with your child and share the experience of reading and discovery together.

Keep it fun 

Remember that reading together should spark curiosity, joy, and a desire to explore and learn. Conversations about books should be enjoyable, and not a set of quizzes and questions. As you try some of the activities listed below, remember to keep it light and lively for your child.

Storytelling and audiobooks count, too 

Sharing family stories out loud and listening to audiobooks are wonderful ways to expose your child to language, how stories are built, and knowledge about the world.

Bring in the nonfiction

There are so many great nonfiction and informational books for young kids (such as the popular DK Eyewitness series and National Geographic series). Try to include some of these during your next trip to the public library. Children love learning about the real world and are proud to share what they know!

Explore your world together

Even a walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the grocery store can be a rich learning experience for young children. On a walk, your child may watch what's going on at a construction site, and then be able to connect it to stories about what it takes to design and construct a building and the impressive machines that make it happen. These personal connections help children connect what they read with what they know — a powerful way to build comprehension skills!

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Signs of good reading comprehension in second graders

Try these comprehension activities at home

Active reading.

Model active reading when you read with your child. Talk about what's happening as you're reading. Stop and discuss any interesting or tricky vocabulary words. Help your child make pictures of the story in his mind. Ask your child, "What just happened here? How do you think that character feels? Have you ever felt like that? What do you think will happen next?" Not only will this develop your child’s comprehension, but critical thinking skills as well.

"I predict ..."

When you sit down for a read aloud, look at the book's cover together. Ask, "What do you think this book might be about? Why? Can you make some predictions?" Guide your child through the pages, discuss the pictures, and brainstorm what might happen in the story. Talk about any personal experiences your child may have that relate to the story.

Mind movies

When you come to a descriptive passage in a book, have your child close her eyes and create a mental movie of the scene. Encourage her to use all five senses. Read the passage over together, looking for details that bring the scene to life. Ask questions like, “How do you know it was a hot day? Which words help you understand that the child was lonely?”

Map this book!

Draw a map of the book's setting, and be sure to include the places where the main action happens!


This is a great way to see if your child understands the main parts of a story. After reading a book together, give your child three sheets of paper, with "beginning" on one sheet, "middle" on the second sheet, and "end" on the third sheet. Ask your child to think about the three parts of the story, and then draw what happened on each on the sheets. Arrange the sheets in order, left to right. What happens if you re-arrange the sheets? Does the story still make sense?

Tell me about it

After a read aloud, one of the best and easiest ways to check for understanding is to ask your child to summarize what the book was about in their own words. You can ask a question or two to help your child clarify her thinking or to add more detail.

Can your child tell you what happened in the story?

This video is from Home Reading Helper, a resource for parents to elevate children’s reading at home provided by Read Charlotte . Find more video, parent activities, printables, and other resources at  Home Reading Helper .

Think alouds

Connect the book to your child's own life experience. For example, A River Dream : "This book reminds me of the time my father took me fishing. Do you remember the time we went fishing?"

Connect the book to other books they have read. For example, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters : "This story reminds me of Cinderella. Both stories are about sisters. Do you know any other stories about nice and mean sisters? Let's keep reading to find out other ways the stories are similar."

Connect the book to big ideas/lessons. For example, Stellaluna : "This story helps me understand that we are all the same in many ways, but it's our differences that make us special."

Words, words, words

Be sure to include books with rich vocabulary in your read alouds and call attention to interesting words and phrases from the story. This may include repeated phrases or idioms (such as "get cold feet" or "I'm all ears"). Offer a kid-friendly definition and connect the new word or phrase to something your child already knows.Talk about how the author used language or words to make the text interesting, informative, funny, or sad.

Illustrated timelines

After reading a story, have your child create an illustrated timeline of events from the story. Tape together five sheets of paper along the 8-1/2-inch side to create one very wide sheet that is 55 inches X 8-1/2 inches. To help plan the timeline, your child can add numbers that mark important points of the story. Then it's time to fill in the sequence of events with words and pictures. Once the timeline is complete, ask your child to re-tell the story — acting it out is okay, too! Variation: Create the timeline using Post-Its on a wall or outside using sidewalk chalk.

Comic creator

Lots of kids love comics and graphic novels. Help your child make a comic based on a favorite book — stories with action work especially well. Talk about what happened in the story, and help your child choose which event from the story that she wants to draw. Ask your child to think about the beginning, middle, and end of the event. Using a ruler and marker, divide a paper into squares (or print out this  comic strip template  from Scholastic). Using colored pencils or fine markers, your child can begin the comic strip, drawing one scene per square. Don't forget to include captions beneath each drawing or in graphic novel-style speech bubbles! When the strip is done, ask your child to share her story.

Set up a talk show set with two chairs facing each other. If you like, make two microphones out of paper tubes or other craft supplies. You are the host and your child is a character from the book. Ask questions about the character, such as who you are, why you are important to the story, what happened to you in the story, what is the craziest interaction you had with another character, etc. Then switch roles!

Book trailer

Using a cell phone camera or other recording device, make a short video of your child talking about about why he recommends this book. Encourage your child to show the book cover and some of the inside pages when talking about a certain character or action sequence. Share the book trailer with family and friends!

Show what you know

Does your child love reading nonfiction books (and yes, The Magic School Bus is nonfiction, in a way)? Kids this age enjoy learning facts about things and trying to understand how the world works. If you've been poring over some nonfiction books at home, take 10 minutes to ask your child specific "fact" questions, listen to her answer, and then ask her to show you where to find that in the book.

The power of having your child find answers in an informational book

Finding the right book

The library is the perfect place to feed eight-year-old T.J.'s growing appetite for information — especially about dinosaurs. His mom, Andrea, has figured out that what makes these trips fun for T.J. is letting him pick his topics and direct his own search. (From our PBS Launching Young Readers program Reading for Meaning .)

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First off, with this Spiral Review Bundle, you’ll never again have to worry about how to plan and prep to teach digraphs, sentence fragments, or even diphthongs! Activities and tasks in this set are designed to be used in a variety of teaching methods including bellwork, homework, daily ELA review, or even independent literacy centers. Your lucky little learners will receive instruction in small, appropriately sized intervals to best help them to develop and maintain grammar skills throughout the entire school year. 

What’s included?

First, this entire set comes with 40 weeks of review sheets, answer keys, and a detailed pacing guide showing you just how to implement this alongside your literacy curriculum. 

1st Quarter

To begin, the first four weeks of the first quarter are dedicated entirely to reviewing grammar skills from first grade. This helps you get an idea of where your students are at skills-wise and give you the ability (and time) to appropriately adjust your instructional goals to meet their literacy needs. In addition, those first few weeks are a great time for students to build up their confidence level with writing and grammar and have them eager and ready to tackle more unfamiliar skills!

After reviewing, students will move right along to learn new skills. Some of these new skills in the first quarter include: 

To bring closure to the first quarter and to assess what students have learned, there is a mixed review for students to take inventory of the skills acquired. In fact, each quarter comes with a mixed review at the end! 

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2nd Quarter

It’s now 2nd Quarter and your lucky little learners are now into a steady groove! This also makes it a great time to kick it up a notch and introduce instruction that focuses on word parts, parts of speech, sentence structure, and punctuation! These specific topics are also introduced in Quarter 2:

Using precise words and varying sentence structures enhances meaning and improves sentence fluency, making their writing more dynamic and interesting!  

3rd Quarter

Did you take time to rest, relax, and spend time with friends and family over Winter Break? Excellent! Now it’s time to get back to the business of learning! 

Of course, like anything else, there are rules for grammar writing, like regular verb tenses. There are also times when you get to break those rules! In Quarter 3, students will learn about the exceptions to the rules which include:

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4th Quarter

Finally, your students have been making amazing progress and they are ready to finish the year strong! It’s time to get figurative and learn about the amazing ways language can be used to make meaning. Writers use adverbs, similes, metaphors, and prepositional phrases to add color and depth to literature. To recognize these and be able to use them in their own writing, students in Quarter 4 will be challenged to examine and build phrases and sentences to learn the power of adverbs and figurative language. Here are some of the 4th quarter skills you can find:

The last four weeks of Quarter 4 are dedicated entirely to reviewing all the 2nd-grade concepts introduced in the 2nd Grade Spiral ELA Review Bundle. 

Some teachers may feel nervous and apprehensive about teaching grammar or even shy away from it altogether but not you! You will be a grammar-teaching rockstar! By the end of 2nd grade, your lucky little learners will know how to recognize and use comparative adjectives, transition words, digraphs, and diphthongs to read and create unique pieces of writing. Finally, they will be more than ready for third grade! Use these activities for spiraling through 40 weeks of bite-sized grammar lessons and activities! 

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Some words are made up of two other words! In this language arts worksheet, your child gets practice putting together compound words such as football, playground, and pancake.

Compound words #2

Jig + saw = jigsaw! When two individual words can be added together to form a new word, that's a compound word. In this language arts worksheet, your child will find as many compound words as possible using a set of 15 root words.

Compound words: all mixed up!

These compound words are mixed up — can you fix them? In this language arts worksheet, your child gets practice decoding erroneous compound words, correcting them, and writing accurate compound words.


Conjunctions are words that join sentences. In this writing worksheet, your child gets practice combining two sentences into one using different conjunctions.

Some books have a glossary. In this reading worksheet, your child learns what a glossary is and gets practice using a glossary to answer questions.

Can you figure out the word? Homographs are words with multiple meanings. In this vocabulary-building worksheet, your child will write the word that matches all three definitions given.

Write or right? In this language arts worksheet, your child will look up sets of homophones to learn the definitions of the all the like-sounding (but differently spelled) words.

How to write a story

In this set of reading and writing worksheets, your children will first read two short stories for mechanics, then draw and label a diagram about those stories, answer prompts to create their own story, and finish by writing a complete story!

Language play: sound words

Vrooom goes the car! In this language arts worksheet, your child will match each sound word to the object that makes that sound.

Poems: a mysterious story (meaning and mechanics)

Who is the Traveler? In this language arts worksheet, your child will read the poem aloud and then answer a series of reading comprehension questions about key details, overall meaning, and mechanics of the poem.

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