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2nd grade

Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Tests

Free, printable and accessible online
– made especially for the second grade

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2nd grade worksheets instructions

All worksheets have 3 versions:

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Just the text

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The text with the questions

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The text with the questions and the answers

We constructed it this way in order to reduce the amount of pages you need to print.
We encourage you to print the version with the answers just once, for your own reference.

Use these texts online

We more strongly encourage you to use these texts online. Other than ecological reasons, practicing reading comprehension online is also much easier to grade, simplifies tracking of progress, adaptive to the level of the specific student, and increases motivation to practice with the students.

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2nd grade teaching tips

Second-grade readers should have a more advanced understanding of phonics if they are to be successful in building stronger reading comprehension skills. In particular, decoding one-syllable and two-syllable words, common prefixes and suffixes, and irregularly spelled words are skills commonly identified as grade-appropriate. The following tips can help advance these and other reading comprehension skills:

Read Aloud

Reading aloud is one of the best activities for developing readers. It helps them understand how individual words connect together to form a fluent sentence. Reading aloud also promotes understanding of how to pronounce multisyllabic words.

Use a Story/Word Ball

A story ball is nothing more than an inflatable beach ball with critical questions written on it  (i.e., Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?). Alternatively, new words using common prefixes and suffixes could be written on the ball. Children toss the ball to one another, and each child is encouraged to answer the question or demonstrate how to pronounce the word that’s facing them.

Establish Clear Goals

Students will be able to retain more information if they understand what the goals are for the reading ahead of time. For example, if students are asked to read a passage about playing outside in the winter, let them know that they will learn how to build a snowman. Doing so helps direct their attention as they read so they can more effectively decode new and unfamiliar words.

 

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2nd grade worksheets

Below are 10 reading comprehension worksheets and tests that are accurately measured to fit the 2nd grade level.

Time with my Family

Topic

Time with my Family

Lexile level

350

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Understanding figurative language , Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas.

Three Boats

Topic

Three Boats

Lexile level

350

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view

The Drive home

Topic

The Drive home

Lexile level

350

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

Central message, Lesson or moral, identifying the author’s point of view, identifying the main topic and key ideas

Pig Facts

Topic

Pig Facts

Lexile level

350

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Central message, identifying the author’s point of view, identifying the main topic and key ideas, lesson or moral

My Family

Topic

My Family

Lexile level

350

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Central message, identifying the author’s point of view, identifying the main topic and key ideas.

Getting to work

Topic

Getting to work

Lexile level

450

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view

Family Jobs

Topic

Family Jobs

Lexile level

350

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view

David’s Hair

Topic

David’s Hair

Lexile level

350

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying intent and conclusions, Identifying the main topic and key ideas.

Anna and Henry Play

Topic

Anna and Henry Play

Lexile level

350

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view

Amos Makes a Cake

Topic

Amos Makes a Cake

Lexile level

350

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Sequencing questions, Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view, ,Identifying a problem and solution described in the text