Spelling and Vocabulary Words

Second Grade's

Reading Stories, Spelling words, and Vocabulary Words

 

Spelling Words - Our weekly spelling words are given in the beginning of each story.  The first 12 words are words that follow a specific rule for the week.  Words 13-16 are a combination of high frequency words and/or vocabulary words that students should be able to read and spell in their writing 

Vocabulary Words - Our vocabulary words are also introduced at the beginning of each story.  The words are reviewed daily through various vocabulary activities.  Students are expected to be able to use the words appropriately in sentences.

 

Unit  1 - Story 1: The Twin Club 

Skill: Short Vowels and Consonants

1.  rock   
2.  list
3.  desk  
4.  job  
5.  sad

6.  chop

7.  sack
8.  tag  
9.  rib 
10.  mess    
11.  dust
12.  drum
13.  beautiful 
14.  someone 
15.  friend

16.  there

Vocabulary: beautiful, country, friend, front, someone, somewhere 
 

 

 

Unit 1 - Story 2: Exploring Space with an Astronaut   

Skill: Long Vowels VCe  

1.  page   
2.  nose
3.  space
4.  size
5.  fine
6.  mice
7.  late
8.  huge
9.  blaze

10.  race
11.  rice
12.  vote
13.  live

14.  world
15.  work

16.  under

Vocabulary: everywhere, live, machines, move, woman, work, world
 

 

Unit 1 - Story 3: Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night 

Skill: Consonant Blends

1.  stop
2.  strap

3.  nest
4.  hand
5.  brave
6.  ask

7.  clip
8.  stream

9.  mask
10.  twin

11.  breeze

12.  state

13.  father

14 . build

15.  love

16.  mother

Vocabulary: bear, build, couldn't, father, love, mother, straight  



Unit 1  - Story 4: A Walk in the Desert 
Skill:  Inflected Endings -ed, -ing, 

1.  dropped
2.  dropping

3.  excited
4.  exciting

5.  lifted

6.  lifting
7.  hugged

8.  hugging
9.  smiled

10.  smiling
11.  talked
12.  talking

13.  going

14.  eyes

15.  animals

16.  three

Vocabulary: animals, early, eyes, full, warm, water  



Unit 1 - Story 5: The Strongest One 

Skill:  Consonant Diagraphs

1.   that
2.  wish
3.  patch

4.  when
5.  what
6.  math
7.  them

8.  shape

9.  whale

10.  itch   
11.  chase
12.  bunch

13.  together
14.  gone
15.  become

16.  across

Vocabulary: gone, learn, often, pieces, though, together, very  

 

Unit 2 - Story 1: Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends 

Skill: Vowels: r-Controlled ar, or, ore, oar

1.  hard
2.  born
3.  horse
4.  before
5.  more

6.  smart
7.  farm
8.  porch
9.  corn
10.  chore 
11.  score

12.  part
13.  listen
14.  family
15.  because

16.  than

Vocabulary: break, family, heard, listen, once, pull 

 

 

 

Unit 2 - Story 2: Abraham Lincoln 

Skill: Contractions

1.  can't
2.  it's
3.  he's
4.  I'm
5.  didn't
6.  who's
7.  she's
8.  aren't
9.  isn't

10.  haven't
11.  hadn't
12.  I'll
13.  you’re
14.  couldn't
15.  great

16.  second

Vocabulary: certainly, either, great, laugh, second, worst, you're 

Unit 2 - Story 3: Scarcity 

Skill: Vowels: r-Controlled er, ir, ur

1.  person
2.  nurse

3.  dirt
4.  turn
5.  birth
6.  serve

7.  curb
8.  curl

9.  skirt
10.  purse

11.  turtle

12.  her

13.  third

14.  above

15.  enough

16.  carry

Vocabulary: above, ago, enough, toward, whole, word 



Unit 2 - Story 4: The Bremen Town Musicians 
Skill: Plurals

1.  lunch
2.  lunches

3.  story
4.  stories

5.  tune

6.  tunes
7.  switch

8.  switches
9.  baby

10.  babies
11.  note
12.  notes

13.  probably

14.  scared

15.  people

16.  better

Vocabulary: bought, people, pleasant, probably, scared, shall, sign 



Unit 2 - Story 5: One Good Turn Deserves Another 

Skill: Vowel Patterns a, ai, ay

1.  main
2.  wait
3.  say

4.  away
5.  play
6.  raise
7.  brain

8.  paint

9.  stay
10.  today
11.  tray
12.  tail

13.  always

14.  maybe
15.  behind

16.  door

Vocabulary: behind, brought, door, everybody, minute, promise, sorry 

 

 

Unit 3 - Story 1: Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends 

Skill: Vowel Patterns e, ee, ea, y  

1.  read
2.  feet
3.  easy
4.  deep
5.  seat

6.  party
7.  wheel
8.  leave
9.  windy
10.  sleep
11.  teeth

12.  team
13.  pretty
14.  even

15.  sea

16.  watch

Vocabulary: guess, pretty, science, shoe, village, watch, won 

 

 

 

Unit 3 - Story 2: Dear Juno

Skill: Vowel Patterns o, oa, ow

1.  goat
2.  hold
3.  show
4.  most
5.  bowl
6.  float
7.  toast
8.  ago
9.  open

10.  told
11.  toad
12.  slow
13.  snow
14.  answer
15.  follow

16.  picture

Vocabulary: answer, company, faraway, parents, picture, school, wash 
 

 

Unit 3 - Story 3: Anansi Goes Fishing 

Skill: Compound Words

1.  basketball
2.  someone

3.  weekend
4.  something
5.  birthday
6.  riverbank

7.  bathtub
8.  backyard

9.  driveway
10.  bedtime

11.  raindrop

12.  mailbox

13.  without

14.  finally

15.  today

16.  been

Vocabulary: been, believe, caught, finally, today, tomorrow, whatever 



Unit 3 - Story 4: Rosa and Blanca 
Skill: Vowel Patterns i, ie, igh, y

1.  find
2.  child

3.  sky
4.  bright

5.  wild

6.  fly
7.  right

8.  flight
9.  spider

10.  cry
11.  blind
12.  myself

13.  try

14.  fight

15.  high

16.  their

Vocabulary: alone, buy, daughters, half, many, their, youngest 



Unit 3 - Story 5: A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver 

Skill: Comparative Endings -er, -est

1.  sooner
2.  soonest
3.  hotter

4.  hottest
5.  busier
6.  busiest
7.  happier

8.  happiest

9.  smaller
10.  smallest
11.  fatter
12.  fattest

13.  clothes
14.  hours
15.  money

16.  question

Vocabulary: clothes, hours, money, neighbor, only, question, taught

 

 

Unit 4 - Story 1: A Froggy Fable 

Skill: Final Syllable -le

1.  ankle
2.  title
3.  apple
4.  cable
5.  purple

6.  able
7.  bugle
8.  bundle
9.  bubble
10.  giggle
11.  sparkle

12.  tickle
13.  simple
14.  circle
15.  possible

16.  perfect

Vocabulary: clearing, crashed, perfect, pond, spilling, splashing, traveled 

 

 

Unit 4 - Story 2: Life Cycle of Pumpkin 

Skill: Vowel Patterns oo, u

1.  cook
2.  stood
3.  full
4.  wood
5.  July
6.  shook
7.  push
8.  pull
9.  brook

10.  book
11.  hood
12.  put
13.  smooth

14.  root
15.  fruit

16.  paper

Vocabulary: bumpy, fruit, harvest, root, smooth, soil, vine 
 

 

Unit 4 - Story 3: Soil

Skill: Dipthongs ou, ow, oi, oy

1.  around
2.  out

3.  gown
4.  sound
5.  flower
6.  howl

7.  toy
8.  noise

9.  royal
10.  moist

11.  coil

12.  cow

13.  now

14.  about

15.  house

16.  however

Vocabulary: grains, materials, particles, seeps, substances, texture



Unit 4 - Story 4: The Night the Moon Fell 
Skill: Syllable Patterns 

1.  downstairs
2.  football

3.  cowboy
4.  houseboat

5.  railroad

6.  rainbow
7.  boyhood

8.  oatmeal
9.  soybean

10.  roadway
11.  outplay
12.  daydream

13.  came

14.  never

15.  start

16.  really

Vocabulary: balance, canyons, coral, rattle, slivers, sway, whisper



Unit 4 - Story 5: The First Tortilla 

Skill: Vowel Diagraphs oo, ue, ew, ui

1.  too
2.  new
3.  fruit

4.  blue
5.  true
6.  fool
7.  suit

8.  spoon

9.  clue
10.  juice
11.  drew
12.  flew

13.  knew
14.  grew
15.  few

16.  prize

Vocabulary: awaken, cliffs, mountain, prize, rainbow, suffer, volcano

 

 

Unit 5 - Story 1: Fire Fighter

Skill: Suffixes -ly, -ful, -er, -or, -ish

1.  cheerful
2.  visitor
3.  slowly
4.  weekly
5.  teacher

6.  helper
7.  hardly
8.  graceful
9.  yearly
10.  quickly
11.  fighter

12.  sailor
13.  week 
14.  help 
15.  year

16.  teach

Vocabulary: building, burning, masks, quickly, roar, station, tightly 

 

 

Unit 5 - Story 2: Carl the Complainer

Skill: Prefixes un-, re-, pre-, dis-

1.  unsafe
2.  preheat
3.  rerun
4.  disappear
5.  unlock
6.  discolor
7.  rewind
8.  unpack
9.  unplug

10.  regroup
11.  preschool
12.  disagree
13.  annoy
14.  often
15.  thought

16.  ready

Vocabulary: annoy, complain, mumbles, P.M., shrugs, signature

 

Unit 5 - Story 3: Bad Dog, Dodger

Skill: Consonant Patterns kn, wr, gn, mb

1.  knock
2.  sign

3.  knee
4.  wrong
5.  write
6.  climb

7.  wrap
8.  wren

9.  gnat
10.  lamb

11.  comb

12.  knob

13.  know

14.  wrote

15.  does

16.  being

Vocabulary: chased, chewing, dripping, grabbed, practice, treat, wagged 



Unit 5 - Story 4: Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores
Skill: Consonant Patterns ph, gh, ck, ng

1.  phone
2.  enough

3.  backtrack
4.  laugh

5.  ticket

6.  duckling
7.  graph

8.  tough
9.  photo

10.  rough
11.  cough
12.  clang

13.  back

14.  check

15.  young

16.  change

Vocabulary: adventure, climbed, clubhouse, exploring, greatest, truest, wondered 



Unit 5 - Story 5: Signmaker's Assistant

Skill: Vowel Patterns aw, au, au(gh), al

1.  talk
2.  because
3.  August

4.  caught
5.  draw
6.  walk
7.  chalk

8.  auto

9.  taught
10.  thaw
11.  fault
12.  launch

13.  idea
14.  important
15.  September

16.  October

Vocabulary: afternoon, blame, idea, important, signmaker, townspeople

 

 Unit 6 - Story 1: Just Like Josh Gibson 
Skill: inflected endings -er, -est, -ed, -ing
1.  tried 
2.  trying
3.  planned
4.  planning

5.  liked

6.  liking

7.  skipped

8.  skipping

9.  heavier

10.  heaviest  
11.  lighter
12.  lightest

13.  November

14.  December
15.
  home

16.  room

Vocabulary: bases, cheers, field, plate, sailed, threw

 

 

Unit 6 - Story 2: Red, White, and Blue: The Story of THE AMERICAN FLAG

Skill: Abbreviations 

1.  Mr.  
2.  Mrs.  
3.  St. 
4.  Jan. 
5.  Feb.
6.  Aug. 
7.  Dr.
8.  Ms. 
9.  Rd.
10.  Oct. 
11.  Nov.
12.  Dec. 
13.  Sept.
14.  Apr. 
15.  Mar.

16.  birthday

Vocabulary: America, birthday, flag, freedom, nicknames, stars, stripes



Unit 6 - Story 3: A Birthday Basket for Tia
Skill: Final Syllables: -tion, -ture, -ion

1.  mixture
2.  nation

3.  section
4.  future
5.  picture
6.  action

7.  caution
8.  station 
9.  fixture
10.  motion

11.  nature 

12.  feature

13.  direction

14.  favorite

15.  present

16.  problem

Vocabulary: aunt, bank, basket, collects, favorite, present



Unit 6 - Story 4: Cowboys 
Skill: Suffixes -ness, -less, -able, -ible

1.  kindness
2.  careless 
3.  goodness
4.  useless

5.  fearless
6.  darkness 
7.  sadness
8.  sickness
9.  helpless 
10.  thankless 
11.  fitness
12.  weakness

13.  cowboy

14.  anything

15.  understand

16.  special

Vocabulary: campfire, cattle, cowboy, galloped, herd, railroad, trails



Unit 6 - Story 5: Grace for President
Skill: prefixes: mis-, mid-, micro-, non-

1.  midair 
2.  misplace
3.  mislead
4.  midway 
5.  misprint 
6.  midday
7.  midweek

8.  misbehave

9.  midyear 
10.  mismatch 
11.  misdeed 
12.  mistake
13.  almost
14.  wouldn’t
15.  every

16.  between

Vocabulary: assembly, election, microphone, rallies, slogan, speeches