Worksheets for Second Grade : Free Common Core English Language Arts

Second Grade : Free Common Core English Language Arts Worksheets

What you will learn: Time to read interesting fables and folktales from diverse cultures. Ask and answer questions about literature and information texts. Be able to describe the structure and contrasting view points. Use illustrations, diagrams, and words in print or digital text to explain. Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels. Understand common prefixes and suffixes. Read orally at an appropriate rate. Recognize grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

While writing opinion pieces, introduce the topic or book, use linking words to connect an opinion and reasons supporting it. Learn to revise and edit with support. Participate in shared research and writing projects. In language, zoom into irregular plural nouns and reflexive pronouns. Write simple and compound sentences. Be proficient in capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. Compare formal and informal use of language.

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RL.2   :  Reading: Literature

RL.2.A Key Ideas and Details
RL.2.1
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RL.2.2
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
RL.2.B Craft and Structure
RL.2.4
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
RL.2.D Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
RL.2.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

RI.2   :  Reading: Informational Text

RI.2.A Key Ideas and Details
RI.2.1
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RI.2.2
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
RI.2.3
Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
RI.2.B Craft and Structure
RI.2.5
Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
RI.2.6
Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
RI.2.C Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RI.2.7
Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.

RF.2   :  Reading: Foundational Skills

RF.2.A Phonics and Word Recognition
RF.2.3
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.
Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.
Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.
Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.
Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

W.2   :  Writing

W.2.A Text Types and Purposes
W.2.1
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
W.2.2
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
W.2.3
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

L.2   :  Language

L.2.A Conventions of Standard English
L.2.1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).
Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told).
Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).
L.2.2
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.
Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.
Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage ? badge; boy ? boil).
Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
L.2.C Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
L.2.4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known prefix is added to a known word (e.g., happy/unhappy, tell/retell).
Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., addition, additional).
Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words (e.g., birdhouse, lighthouse, housefly; bookshelf, notebook, bookmark).
Use glossaries and beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases.

Worksheet: Second Grade

The Lion and the Mouse


Read the story. Answer the questions about the plot.

Core Standard: RL.2.2


Worksheet: Second Grade

Expository Text


This a is a two page worksheet set. Read the passage about Dolphins, then write the main idea and supporting details. Write the summary of the entire text in your own words.

Core Standard: RI.2.2


Worksheet: Second Grade

Short and Long oo Sound


Write the short vowel words with "oo" next to the book. Write the long vowel words with "oo" next to the moon.

Core Standard: RF.2.3.E



Complete the sentences with the words from the word bank.

Core Standard: L.2.2.D