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Writing activities for your second grader.
Writing allows children to express their thoughts, creativity, and uniqueness. It is a fundamental way in which children learn to think critically, organize and communicate ideas, and make thinking visible and permanent. And learning to write well helps children to be better readers!
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Writing with purpose, style, and structure
Second graders are learning how to write a variety of types of compositions, including stories, reports, and letters. They write about a range of topics with the audience in mind.
Second graders are polishing a wide range of basic writing skills, including writing legibly, using capitalization and punctuation correctly (most of the time!), and moving from invented spelling to more accurate spelling.
For most, handwriting becomes automatic, so they can concentrate more on the content of their writing rather than on the mechanics.
Second graders can organize their writing to include a beginning, middle, and end. They can write a simple essay with a title and introductory sentence, provide examples and details that support their main concept, and write a concluding sentence.
They are learning how to revise own writing and offer meaningful feedback to peers about their writing.
Be a writing role model
Make sure your child sees you writing. She will learn about writing by watching you write. Talk with her about your writing so that she begins to understand why writing is important and the many ways it can be used.
Does spelling count?
With second graders, you’ll see less invented spelling and more correct spelling (especially words from a word wall or vocabulary list). A good teacher will be able to tell the difference between the misspellings that indicate normal literacy development and those that suggest a possible learning disability. If you have questions, talk to your child's teacher or reading specialist.
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Handwriting involves more than just making letters on a page — it requires strong fine motor and visual-motor skills. Here are six multisensory techniques to try if your child is struggling with writing.
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Watch as an expert shares more tips for encouraging your child’s writing, including using dictation (speech-to-text) technology . (This video was produced by Understood .)
What does second grade writing look like?
Looking at Writing
See more samples of real writing from second graders in our interactive resource, Looking at Writing.
Try these writing ideas at home
Write for a reason.
Help your child see that we write for a specific purpose and audience. Here are some writing prompts to try:
- Have your child write instructions for taking care of the family pet. These will be useful as you plan your summer vacations!
- Make a shopping list before going to the grocery store.
- Write an online review of a book or an item you recently purchased or a recipe you tried.
- Talk about the presidential election and write a description of the kind of president you want.
- Find a picture in the newspaper and write an article to accompany it.
- Have your child start keeping a personal diary, a household guestbook, or a baby book for a younger sibling.
Make a journal jar
A journal doesn’t have to be a diary. It can also be a book where your child writes about ideas or answers questions, like “If you could do anything next summer, what would you choose?” A journal jar is a place to keep all those ideas and questions. Wash and decorate a wide-mouthed jar, like one that used to contain peanut butter. Then, write or print out journal prompts on slips of paper. Ask your child to pull out one prompt each day and write about it in her journal.
Play “tell me how”
In this activity your child pretends she’s writing to a space alien who doesn’t know anything about our culture. This alien does everything exactly as it’s said or written. Your child’s job is to choose an everyday task, like brushing her teeth or making a sandwich. Then, she needs to write step-by-step directions about how to do the task for the alien. When she’s done, you get to be the alien and try to follow the steps exactly as she wrote them. She may be surprised at what she left out!
Play a writing game
This turn-taking writing game is based on a classic kids’ book by Remy Charlip called Fortunately . In it, something lucky happens and then something unlucky happens. Each event is introduced by either the word “fortunately” or the word “unfortunately.” To play, take a piece of paper and write a sentence beginning with “Fortunately,” such as “Fortunately it was a sunny day. I wanted to play outside.” Pass the paper to the next player, who will add an “unfortunately” sentence, such as “Unfortunately, I had to clean my room.” Keep going until the story is too silly to continue.
Help your child write letters to relatives and friends. These may include thank you notes or just a special note to say hello. Be sure to send your child a letter or card once in awhile too so that she is reminded of how special it is to get a letter in the mail. And consider finding a pen pal for your child.
Ask your child to interview a family member about his or her life. Encourage your child to write a short biography, and include a photo or drawing, and a meaningful quote from the relative. Your child may want to share it with family members.
Encourage your child to read her stories out loud. Listen carefully with patience, and give positive feedback about her ideas and her writing!
Turn your child's writing into books. Paste her drawings and writings on pieces of construction paper. For each book, make a cover out of heavier paper or cardboard, and add special art, a title, and her name as author. Punch holes in the pages and cover, and bind the book together with yarn or ribbon.
Encourage your child to take notes on trips or outings, and to describe what she saw, using all of her senses. This could include a description of a walk outside, a ride in a car or a bus, or other events that lend themselves to note taking.
Encourage your child to take notes on trips or outings, and to describe what she saw. This could include a description of nature walks, a boat ride, a car trip, or other events that lend themselves to note-taking.
Writing to remember
If your child likes a particular song, suggest that she learn the words by writing them down. Also encourage copying favorite poems or quotations from books and plays.
Play a game with pictures
Photos and images are great story sparkers. Do a web search and find a few interesting images. Or cut out pictures from magazines. The pictures can be realistic, such as a photo of students on a playground. Or they can be fantastical images, such as a superhero flying in space. Glue a couple images into a notebook. Then ask your child to write about one of them. You can prompt her, asking her to include what she sees, what the people are thinking, what will happen next—or just let her imagination run free.
Make an “I can” book
As your child learns to write, she’ll also be learning other new skills. Making an “I Can” book will let her practice writing skills and keep track of her other accomplishments. Staple together a bunch of blank sheets of paper to make a book. As your child reaches a new milestone, such as learning to tie her shoes or hit a baseball, she can draw a picture on a new page of the book. Younger kids can then write, “I can tie my shoes.” Older kids can write a few sentences about what they’ve accomplished.
Create a family scrapbook
A family scrapbook is a great way to save memories and jump-start your child’s writing. Use an inexpensive photo album to keep souvenirs of things you do together. This can include photos, ticket stubs, and found objects, like pretty leaves. Your child can begin by writing the date and a line about where you were and what you did. Then, you can work together to write a more detailed summary. Don’t forget to include funny or even annoying moments!
Fostering a love of writing at home
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 .
Write, revise, and edit
Teacher Lynn Reichle and her second-grade students go on a writing adventure called the Writers' Workshop. (From Writing and Spelling , part of our PBS Launching Young Readers series.)
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What your child will learn at school
In Year 2 (age 6–7), your child will learn to:
- Write simple, coherent narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real or fictional)
- Write about real events, recording these simply and clearly
- Demarcate most sentences in their writing with capital letters and full stops , and use question marks correctly when required
- Use present and past tense mostly correctly and consistently
- Use coordinating conjunctions (for example, and , or , and but ) and some subordinating conjunctions (for example, when, if , that , and because ) to join clauses
- Segment spoken words into phonemes and represent these by graphemes, spelling many of these words correctly and making phonically-plausible attempts at others
- Spell many common exception words
- Form capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower-case letters
- Use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters.
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After watching the Magic Grandad video (with an adult) write a character description of Florence Nightingale. Include a description of her appearance (what she looks like), her personality (what she is like), her family and her work. Try to use commas in a list and more than one adjective at a time.
E.g. Florence was a kind, caring and hard-working person.
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Don't forget to include a title, subheadings, bullet points, time words (first, next, then) and bossy verbs.
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Write 10 clues for them to find.
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41 Engaging 2nd Grade Writing Prompts (With Free Printable)
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Second graders are quickly expanding their writing skills. Inspire kids to express themselves with these engaging 2nd grade writing prompts. They're designed to spark the imaginations of seven- and eight-year-olds so they'll be excited to get those pencils moving.
2nd Grade Narrative Writing Prompts
Second graders are ready to start crafting longer and more detailed stories to develop their narrative writing skills. These prompts will help second graders enhance their story-telling and descriptive writing skills.
- Write about a time the weather was very stormy. What happened? How did you feel?
- Write about the chores you have to do at home. What are they? How do you do them?
- Explain a time that someone made you feel really special. What happened?
- Write about a time that you were kind to someone. What did you do?
- Write about the best day you have had at school so far. What happened?
- Explain a scary dream that you have had. What was it about? How did you feel?
- Write about the most fun vacation you have had. What did you do?
- Explain the first time you got in trouble. What happened? How did you feel?
- Describe your favorite holiday memory. Explain what you did and how you felt.
- Write about a time you went shopping with an adult. What happened?
- Describe your favorite meal. What foods are included? Why do you like them?
Journal Prompts for 2nd Graders
Second graders are writing individual sentences, not necessarily several paragraphs. So, they need really inspiring prompts to encourage them to expand on their ideas. Here are several options ideally suited for 2nd grade writing activities.
- Pretend you're in charge of dinner plans tonight. What would you make?
- Do you like summer or winter better? Why?
- When was the last time you were sad?
- Describe someone you love.
- A fairy gives you one wish. What do you wish for?
- What would you like to tell the president or prime minister?
- What are you good at? Why do you like it?
- Invent a holiday. How would people celebrate?
- Write a thank-you letter to someone who did something for you.
- What is your oldest memory? How do you feel about it?
"What If" Fiction Writing Prompts for 2nd Grade
When it comes to using their imaginations, second graders are incredible. They will begin to develop fiction writing skills as they come up with wonderful and creative answers to these "what if" questions.
- What if cats could talk? What would they say?
- What if an alien went to your school? Would they be your friend?
- What if you could travel to the time of dinosaurs? How would you feel? What would you do there?
- What if you switched places with your mom or dad for a day? What would your day look like?
- What if you woke up with wings? What would they look like? Where would you fly?
- What if you had a substitute teacher who was a dog? How would class be different?
- What if it really did rain cats and dogs? What would you do?
- What if you could go on a trip anywhere you wanted? Where would you go?
- What if you had no school for a year? What would you do all day?
- What if your bedroom had no ceiling? What would you be looking at?
Writing Prompts to Inspire 2nd Graders
Questions prompt second graders to consider new perspectives and ideas in their writing. These questions are great for getting students to write longer responses and expand their use of language.
- Write a letter telling someone about what you do at school.
- What are some ways to help someone who is sad?
- What do you think it was like when your grandparents were little?
- If you could use a magic wand, what would you do with it?
- What is the best thing on your school's playground? Why do you like it?
- What is your favorite thing to drink? What does it taste like?
- What happens in your favorite book?
- Describe the perfect birthday party.
- Has someone done something kind for you lately? What did they do? How did it make you feel?
- If you could pick anything to wear, what would your outfit look like?
Fun Printable Activities: 2nd Grade Writing Prompts With Pictures
Printable writing worksheets are fun for second grade students while also providing ready-made activities for teachers. The PDF below includes two printable worksheet activities featuring 2nd-grade writing prompts with pictures. The prompts, which are taken from the lists above, are enhanced with images. They provide space for students to write their stories directly on the page.
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