Second grade reading and writing curricula looks different in different states, countries, and classrooms. However, there are some basic expectations and ideas that can be used to support learning.
Second Grade Readers
Second graders continue to develop their literacy skills as they learn more complex words and longer passages in different genres. Students can expand their reading comprehension skills by talking about what they read. This helps them develop more advanced ideas around those topics. Kids get lots of reading opportunities throughout the school day by practicing their reading skills when learning other subjects.
11 Ways to Build Second Grade Reading Skills
- Self-corrects mistakes and re-reads when necessary
- Reads more complex words, such as two-syllable words.
- Begins to make connections within and between texts.
- Reads words with common prefixes and suffixes, for example: pre-, re-, un-, –able, –ad, and –er.
- Reads grade-appropriate, irregularly spelled words (consult your child’s teacher for a specific list of these words).
- Reads a variety of texts including fables, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
- Understands the structure of a story, specifically the purpose of beginnings (introducing the text) and endings (concluding the text).
- Understands the most important details of a text—its main purpose and the “who,” “what,” “where,” “when,” “why,” and “how.” (see activity below)
- Talks about characters’ responses, main events, lessons learned, and important ideas or concepts.
- Compares at least two different versions of the same story, such as two versions of a classic fairy tale.
- Reads at grade level with correct accuracy, pace, expression, and comprehension.
3 Grade 2 Reading Activities
Give Attention to Prefixes and Suffixes: When your child uses a word with a prefix or suffix, occasionally stop to talk about it. Break down the word and say what the prefix or suffix and root word mean when they are put together, and brainstorm other words that have the same suffix or prefix.
Make a “W” Chart: While you and your child read books together, make a “W” chart. Fill out the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” and “how” of the book as your child discovers them.
Make Up Your Own Version of a Story: After your child reads a story, encourage new versions that your child may think make the story different. Perhaps they want to change the character, the setting or even the ending. They may even want to use themselves or a family member be the main character. This activity helps them understand story structure and make comparisons.
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.