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Terrific Websites, Games, and Activities for Second Graders

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Second graders are full of curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Parents can supplement any education with these amazing second grade websites and activities kids can enjoy at home with their families. (They won’t even know they’re learning!) These learning links and fun activities will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus we included some that are just for enjoyment.

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Reading and Language Arts Activities

Most teachers would tell you the very best thing you can do with your children at home is read, read, read! This title, Life by Cynthia Rylant is especially relevant as it talks about looking for beauty around us every day and finding strength in adversity. And check out 49 more of the Best Books for Second Graders. For free e-book options you can download to your home device, check out this  round-up of sources for free e-books. 

Listen to read alouds.

Research shows that listening to fluent readers read aloud is one of the ways to build better readers. And lucky for us, many of our favorite authors are offering online read-alouds and activities on social media. Some of the big names include Mac Barnett, Oliver Jeffers, and Peter Reynolds. For more, check out our Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds and Activities.

In addition, Audible is offering free audiobooks for kids during school closures. Treat your second grader to a classic title like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 

Practice writing.

Encourage your child to write in a journal every day. Here are 36 writing prompts for second graders that will inspire their creativity and support their writing development. With questions like “Why is your hero and why?” “What is your favorite thing about yourself?” and “If you were a teacher, what would you teach?” your child will not only get writing practice, but you will learn even more about them as an individual. 

Do word work activities.

Check out the website IXL for word work activities appropriate for 2nd graders. There are a variety of activities, from reading foundations and strategies to vocabulary and grammar. 

Play games.

Many board games help reinforce literacy skills in young learners. Make your own Bingo game using sight words or try one of these games: Apples to Apples Junior or Scrabble Jr.. 

Math Activities

Play math games.

Hands-on activities are an excellent way to practice, and gain a deeper understanding, of math concepts. Try Rush Hour or Mystery Bags. For more ideas, check out our Best Second Grade Math Games. 

Play cards.

A simple deck of playing cards can provide many ways to practice math skills. You can use them for fractions (Fraction War), sequencing (Pyramid Solitaire), or even additional and subtraction (Close Call). Check out more ideas here.

Read books about math.

Storybooks are a great way to introduce and reinforce math concepts for young learners. Learn about basic geometry concepts with this book, Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander. For more titles, check out our list of Picture Books About Math. 

Play favorite board games.

There are so many board games that teach kids basic math concepts. Try Yahtzee, Battleship, Sorry! … or another of our favorites, Pop for Addition and Subtraction .

Practice math skills.

While hands-on learning and math games are the best way to learn math, there is also a place for worksheets to give kids practice working independently. Check out the free printables for second graders on concepts such as subtraction with regrouping, math puzzles, telling time and more available from Education.com. 

Science Activities

Study the weather.

15 Fun Weather Activities for the Classroom

Start a weather journal with your child. Staple a few sheets of computer together and each day, have them write a sentence or two about the weather and draw a picture. Also, check out this great list of books about weather and easy weather activities to do at home. 

Visit the aquarium.

Take a virtual field trip to learn about aquatic life. Here are some our favorites- Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager webcam  “jellycam” at Monterey Bay Aquarium the National Aquarium, and the Seattle Aquarium. Need other ideas? Check out our complete list of virtual field trips.

Do at-home science experiments.

Learn about density, erosion, the water cycle and more with these fun and engaging 2nd Grade Science Activities.

Make friends with gorillas.