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Second Grade Spelling Words – Curriculum, Spelling Word Lists & Resources


Time4Learning is an online student-paced learning system popular as a second grade homeschool curriculum, as an after school tutorial and skill sharpening during the summer break.

This page is a summary of curriculum topics, foundational skills and resources related to second grade spelling including information about:

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Second Grade Spelling Curriculum Sequence

The spelling curriculum for second grade should cover second grade dolch words, advanced phonics, and compound words.

For example, spelling words include frequently used, irregular words such as WAS, WERE, SAYS, SAID, WHO, WHAT, and WHY. Second grade children are expected to master short-vowel, long-vowel, r- controlled, and consonant-blend patterns correctly. Words using the -ight ending are introduced, including BRIGHT, FLIGHT, and NIGHT, plus a few compound words are included in second grade spelling word lists including GRANDFATHER, BEDROOM, and SAILBOAT.

These very young children learn through spelling activities including many creative methods that make the second grade spelling program fun for them. Remember, every child learns at a different rate, so what works for some students, may not be the correct approach for your child. Which is why so many parents enjoy Time4Learning’s self-paced, modularized lesson plans. You can skip lessons that teach concepts your child has already mastered and repeat those he or she has not. The choice is yours.

Foundational Spelling Skills

Spelling skills should develop as part of an overall language arts phonemic awareness, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary and reading fluency, grammar, reading and writing program. Children should (with help from their parents) develop their foundational spelling skills through an interest in words, regular writing, constant reading, a study of spelling rules, and playing of spelling games.

With help from their parents, children can develop and reinforce foundational spelling skills through the following activities:

  1. Regular writing for a head start on spelling, punctuation, and other concepts
  2. Constant reading or use of reading workbooks
  3. Frequent study of spelling rules like the relationships between letters and sounds
  4. Spelling bees for a fun way for your child to practice their spelling
  5. Playing of spelling games, quizzes or word games to help develop their spelling skills
  6. Structured computer spelling programs
  7. Personalized tutoring and assistance to boost confidence
  8. Setting daily blocks of time for spelling and reading activities
  9. Instruction through guided spelling activities like word sorts or word boxes
  10. Creating a rich language environment at home based on the quantity and quality of words spoken

Time4Learning teaches a comprehensive second grade spelling curriculum using fun activities to build a solid spelling foundation. Help your child excel in spelling by trying out one of our Time4Learning’s second grade demos.

Second Grade Spelling Words List:

What spelling words should your second grader know? Here is a list of 50+ words that are great for use in spelling games, tests, or practice for an upcoming spelling bee. To add more value, download our 2nd grade spelling list printable worksheet with +300 words and writing sheets!

  • across
  • after
  • ago
  • alarm
  • always
  • a lot
  • angry
  • animal
  • around
  • aunt
  • away
  • bait
  • ball
  • balloon
  • band
  • bang
  • barn
  • bath
  • bead
  • beam
  • bean
  • because
  • bedroom
  • been
  • before
  • believe
  • bend
  • best
  • better
  • between
  • blast
  • blaze
  • blend
  • blimp
  • blink
  • blow
  • boat
  • boot
  • both
  • brag
  • brand
  • bread
  • brick
  • bride
  • bright
  • bring
  • broom
  • brother
  • bunch
  • busy
  • buy
  • call
  • camp
  • cannot
  • carry
  • cash
  • caught
  • center
  • charge
  • chess
  • chest
  • chicken
  • child
  • children
  • choke
  • chore
  • clapped
  • clash
  • clean
  • clear
  • click
  • clock
  • cold
  • Cookie
  • could
  • count
  • crank
  • crawl
  • crook
  • cross
  • crow
  • dash
  • dear
  • deep
  • deer
  • desk
  • die
  • dirt
  • dish
  • dock
  • doctor
  • does
  • dream
  • dress
  • drip
  • drive
  • drop
  • drove
  • drum
  • duck
  • dump
  • dust
  • dye
  • every
  • everyone

Second Grade Spelling Resources

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