Vocabulary development helps second graders advance their reading and writing skills. This guided lesson uses exercises and techniques targeted to building vocabulary. Kids will be tasked with using descriptive adjectives, distinguishing between similar verbs and adjectives, and using context clues to determine the meaning of a word phrase. For more vocabulary boosters, check out the worksheets that align with this lesson.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities.
Word Transporter: Adjectives and Nouns How do we describe different kinds of objects, like an ice cream cone or snowflake? We use adjectives! Play the digital game Word Transport: Adjectives and Nouns and practice categorizing common nouns by the adjectives that describe them. In this grammar activity, students will read two different adjectives and sort pictures of different nouns under each one. For the word transporter machines to work, they will have to sort them correctly! This educational resource pairs well with the second-grade curriculum.
Compound Word Fish Go fishing for compound word fish with this word meaning game. Students will create a compound word by combining two words, such as “straw” and “berry”. Each word is shaped like half of a fish, and combining them will help students to feed Roly! Engaging game play makes learning the meaning of compound words fun. This word list is designed especially for a second grade audience.
Animal Adjectives What's the difference between a giraffe and a frog? Lots of things! Help second graders learn some new vocabulary by choosing animal adjectives from a word bank at the bottom and attaching them to the correct animal. Not only good for grammar practice, kids will get experience sorting and categorizing and grouping data.
Free Online Prefix & Suffix Fish Game These prefix and suffix fish are sure to bolster your child's understanding of word structure. In this game, students create whole fish for Roly to eat by combining common prefixes and suffixes with root words, such as "teach" and "power." Game play is designed especially for students in the second grade.
Vocabulary Quiz: Context Clues By taking this vocabulary quiz students will test their knowledge of context clues. Students will be given sentences, such as "She held the camera steady to take a good picture." Then they must choose from four synonyms to replace the word steady: shaky, stable, wobbly, crooked. Identifying synonyms is an important part of a reading and writing curriculum, especially in the second grade. Strengthening vocabulary supports students in determining meaning using context clues.
Texting: Shades of Meaning She was happy, thrilled, and delighted to go to the amusement park! Many words mean almost the same thing, and can be used interchangeably to make writing sound more interesting and less repetitive. In this texting game, kids identify words with similar shades of meaning to build their vocabulary, knowledge of synonyms and to make them better writers.

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