2nd Grade Comprehension Skills
Prior Standards Implementation
The standards listed below have been replaced by a newer set of standards.
Please go to Current 2nd Grade Language Arts Standards for current resources.
Listens and responds to a variety of media (e.g., books, audio tapes, and videos).
Recognize that groups of sentences make a paragraph and paragraphs make a story.
Recognize and use parts of a book (e.g., title, author, illustrator, table of contents, and glossary).
- Explore the parts of a book - Click on each of the pictures on this page to learn more about that part of the book.
- After exploring the parts of a book, go to Who Am I to see how much you know!
- Make Your Own Book - (a ThinkQuest site) There are many fabulous books that you can make all by yourself. Let your imagination run wild with some simple, step-by-step instructions, with illustrations, to show you how to make some very creative and very fun books!
- Make Your Own Book - (from Enchanted Learning) This activity teaches the student the structure of book and helps them organize their thoughts and writing.
- Using the Parts of a Book - a worksheet from Teach-nology
- Using an Index for Information - a worksheet from Teach-nology
- Using a Table of Contents - a worksheet from Teach-nology
Understand punctuation (e.g., period, question mark, and exclamation mark).
Recognize common abbreviations and contractions.
- Power Proofreading - Choose 2nd grade then select; Memo to Gabby Filman, or any one of the mixed practice exercises.
Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words (e.g., picture dictionary, picture clues, context clues, and structural analysis).
- Dolch List Practice - online activities to practice sight words
- Missing Letters - find the matching sight word and type in the missing letters
- High Frequency Words - six activities using sight words - drag correct word to complete the sentences
- Reading Comprehension stories - interactive quizzes online for 2 stories
- The Internet Picture Dictionary - browse by letter or category
- Little Explorers - English Picture Dictionary
Add endings to base words to make new words (e.g., -ed, -ing, and –es).
- ED or ING - choose correct word
- Ending consonant practice - for all letters [click on the red dot]
- Ending Digraphs - select the correct digraph ending
- Root Words - root quiz
- Prefixes - quiz
- S or ES - choose correct spelling
- Suffixes - quiz
- Suffix practice - more practice on s/es and ed/ing [click on the red dot]
- Use the Wordmaker from Read-Write-Think - select an ending sound then make words with that ending sound.
- Word Families - create new words from word endings
Identify simple multiple-meaning words based on the appropriate meaning for the context.
- Multiple Meaning Words - Write or tell two sentences for each word below. Be sure to use the word as a noun in one sentence and as a verb in the other sentence. Click on a word to check your answers.
- Homographs (multiple meaning words) - Two definitions are given for the same word. You have to guess which word is being described. (a Quia quiz)
- Multiple Meaning Practice Sheet #1
- Multiple Meaning Practice Sheet #2
- Multiple meaning Online Practice #1
- Multiple meaning Online Practice #2
- Teaching Materials - Multiple Meaning Words Bulletin Board | Multiple Meaning Bulletin Board Word Cards #1 | Multiple Meaning Bulletin Board Word Cards #2
Make predictions about text.
- And Then... - Look at each picture, and then underline the sentence that tells what will probably happen next. (K-2)
- End the Story - Cut out the pictures on the bottom of the page. Decide which picture goes with each story. Paste the pictures on the page. Color the pictures. (K-2)
- Follow the Clues - a graphic organizer to help your students make predictions about a story (K-2 and 3-5 activities included)
- Making Predictions - Read the paragraph and make a prediction on what most likely will happen next.
- Making Predictions - Use the illustrations to predict text.
- Little Blue and Little Yellow - this lesson plan is designed to be used with the first of Leo Lionni’s picture books. Practice at predicting is one of the activities included. (K-2)
- Story Board - a graphic organizer to help your students make predictions about a story (K-2 and 3-5 activities included)
- Use Predictions to Help Kids Think Deeply about Books - Predicting involves more than trying to figure out what happens next. As kids find evidence to form hunches, they also ask questions, recall facts, reread, skim, infer, draw conclusions, and, ultimately, comprehend the text more fully. (K-2) Charting Predictions
- What Will Happen Next? - Look at each picture. Draw what you think will happen next (K-2)
Use illustrations to preview text.
Create graphic organizers (e.g., KWL, webs, lists, story maps, and charts).
Predict and adjust outcomes during reading.
Recognize cause and effect.
Recognize the main idea in picture books and texts.
Use graphic organizers to aid in understanding material from informational texts.
Develop content specific vocabulary.
Use text features to locate information (e.g., charts, maps, and illustrations).
Understand the main idea in a visual message (e.g., pictures, cartoons, and posters).
- Tell Your Own Neighborhood Story - Click on three pictures and then make your own story.
What would happen first, next, and last?
Explore folk tales and fables.
Identify characters, plot, and setting in print and print text.
- Tale of Peter Rabbit – Click on What’s Going On and then answer questions about each picture.
Identify types of stories (e.g., folk tales, fables, and fairy tales).
- Engaging Students in Read-Alouds Using Fractured Texas Tales- Students learn about fairy tales genre in this lesson.
Determine whether the events in the reading selection are real or fantasy.
Determine the problem in a story and discover its solution.
- Title and Story Picture - Students read story then write a sentence and draw a pictures on this worksheet to determine problem in a story.
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