If you’re looking for the best second grade workbooks, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the most engaging, best-reviewed, curriculum-aligned resources to help second grades in specific subject areas or to avoid the summer slide.
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Best Math Second Grade Workbooks
Introducing MATH! Grade 2
This workbook provides a comprehensive overview of second grade mathematics with instruction, practice questions, and answer explanations along with free digital access to videos.
Real review: “Great resource, it is divided into chapters/topics with explanations of the material first, then questions. At the end it has a mix assessment with questions covering all topics. Great help with 2nd grade math.”
2nd Grade Common Core Math: Daily Practice Workbook – Part I
This is one of the best second grade workbooks for helping students practice and master skills while becoming very familiar and comfortable with the state math exam and common core standards.
Real review: “Easy way fun to study each weekday with a child. Broken into 5 daily assignments for a week. Tip of the day is very helpful.”
2nd Grade Common Core Math: Daily Practice Workbook – Part II
This workbook comes with 20 weeks of daily free response, weekly assessments, state-aligned Common Core curriculum, and an end-of-the-year assessment.
Real review: “Very good book with a lot of exercises to practice … All of them are divided by weeks and days. Tip of the day gives brief explanations to exercises for better understanding.”
Star Wars Workbook: 2nd Grade Math
It’s okay to look for fun second grade workbooks, right? Kids will use the Force while comparing number values, addition and subtraction, word problems, second and third-dimensional shapes, and getting ready for multiplication.
Real review: “The Star Wars workbooks are a perfect compliment to our online curriculum. They venture beyond grade-level standards in our local schools.”
Word Problems Grade 2
This workbook introduces students to word problems dealing with multiple-digit addition and subtraction.
Real review: “I love this practice book. I am a teacher and bought this for our daughter who has a very difficult time with word problems. These problems start out fairly simply and move to much more difficult, multi-step problems.”
Best Reading Second Grade Workbooks
Scholastic Success with Reading Comprehension, Grade 2
These second grade workbooks give students targeted, skill-building practice with more than 40 ready-to-reproduce pages.
Real review: “I’ve always liked Scholastic’s educational products and these don’t disappoint.”
The Big Book of Reading Comprehension Activities, Grade 2
Kids will learn how to identify a story’s message and make connections between plot, structure, setting, characters, and more. This workbook contains 120 activities and progressive lessons.
Real review: “Excellent. Best practice reading comprehension books on the market!”
Grade 2 Reading
This workbook provides grade-level appropriate vocabulary exercises including elements of both phonics and whole language instruction.
Real review: “The content is attention catching for young readers, and it’s just enough to exercise their skills without getting boring.”
Reading Comprehension Grade 2
This resource helps students master skills in mathematics, penmanship, reading, writing, and grammar.
Real review: “Wonderful! So simple – story on the left, questions on the right. Many questions require thought, not just reading back for the answer word for word.”
Spectrum Reading Workbook 2nd Grade
This second grade workbook focuses on practice for reading comprehension including letters and sounds, word recognition, theme, integration of knowledge and ideas, main idea, story structure, summarization, key ideas, and details.
Real review: “This is a great book for the kids to get better at reading as well as learning how to write response. An amazing book for the money!”
Best Writing Second Grade Workbooks
Grade 2 Writing
This workbook will introduce students to second grade vocabulary and writing skills in a step-by-step manner.
Real review: “I love these books. They teach and reinforce what you’ve already learned in such an ingenius way. So much fun with bright colorful pages.”
Scholastic Success With Grammar, Grade 2
Each workbook includes more than 40 ready-to-reproduce practice pages of activities that correlate to state standards.
Real review: “I’m using these books in the ESL classes that I teach (as well as for tutoring) and they are perfect as extra worksheets for in-class review and for homework.”
Star Wars Workbook: 2nd Grade Writing
You won’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to encourage kids to love writing. This exciting Star Wars workbook covers sentence and story construction, spelling and vocabulary, creative writing and story prompts, practice cursive writing skills, and aligns with common core standards.
Real review: “This series works well. They are full of great lessons, and our kids are entertained by them enough to keep working. We call them their ‘fun books.’”
Writing for Minecrafters: Grade 2
Kids love Minecraft, and they’ll enjoy this workbook featuring the video game characters and concepts to make second grade writing practice fun!
Real review: “This book made homeschooling so much fun for my son. He will literally do 4 to 6 pages at a time.”
180 Days of Writing for Second Grade
This easy-to-use resource provides second-grade students with practice in writing opinion, informative/explanatory, and narrative pieces while also strengthening their language and grammar skills.
Real review: “As a preschool teacher, I bought these for my daughter and I love them. Very educational and still fun to do.”
Scholastic Success with Writing, Grade 2
Each workbook contains activities designed to meet state standards and includes more than 40 ready-to-reproduce practice pages.
Real review: “This is a great writing book for your second grader. It is really helpful and helps keep them sharp. It’s also great for homeschooling and makes teaching that much easier.”
Best Science & Social Studies Second Grade Workbooks
180 Days of Science: Grade 2
This second grade workbook helps students analyze and evaluate scientific data and scenarios, improve their understanding of science and engineering practices, answer constructed-response questions, and increase their higher-order thinking skills.
Real review: “Super happy with the content and how this book is laid out.”
Science, Second Grade: Learn and Explore
Kids can practice with exercises on liquids, solids and gases, global weather patterns, life cycles of living creatures like frogs, jellyfish, and locusts, and more.
Real review: “They have large lettering that is easy to read, and appropriate for a 2nd grade level.”
Geography, Second Grade: Learn and Explore
This workbook contains curriculum-aligned exercises on topics including familiarity with the compass, map grids, physical and political maps, and the concept of hemispheres.
Real review: “This workbook gets them talking about geography, making their own maps and legends, and interested in learning more. No fights to get this done.”
180 Days of Social Studies: Grade 2
Each week’s activities will cover a topic within one of the four social studies disciplines: history, economics, civics, and geography. Students will analyze primary sources, answer text-dependent questions, and improve their grade-level social studies knowledge.
Real review: “Geography, Civics, Economy, and History are all included in this. I’d recommend it.”
Second Grade Essentials for Social Studies
These engaging activities cover continents and oceans, cardinal and intermediate directions, hemispheres, holidays and symbols, culture, money and barter, consumers and producers, and more!
Real review: “Just the supplemental resource I needed!”
Best Overall for Summer Second Grade Workbooks
Summer Brain Quest: Between Grades 2 & 3
This workbook is designed to bridge the gap between second and third grades. Activities include reading comprehension, writing opinions, adjectives versus adverbs, place value, word problems, life cycles, map skills, and more!
Real review: “This is the third time I have done summer workbooks and these summer brain quest ones are perfection!!”
Summer Bridge Activities – Grades 2 – 3
With activities designed to take just 15 minutes a day, this workbook focuses on subjects including math, writing, reading, science, social studies, fitness and character building.
Real review: “Simply put, this is a great activity book to help your child stay mentally active when out of school for the summer.”
Summer Blast: Getting Ready for Third Grade
This standards-based tool provides nine weeks of engaging and relevant lessons that support content learning in social studies, writing, reading, science, math, and art.
Real review: “This is perfect, other books were teaching completely new stuff, this was a good review with a bit of new stuff at just the right level.”
Daily Summer Activities, Grade 2-3
Over 10 weeks, kids can work through activities to practice essential skills across subject areas, including reading, math, writing, spelling, and geography.
Real review: “This is a great workbook to keep skills fresh over the summer. We do one page each day, and the included achievement stickers are a nice motivator.”
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