Reading Comprehension For 2nd Graders - Flashcards & Quizzes

Easy-to-use flashcards, quizzes, and slideshow 2nd grade reading comprehension worksheets.

These 2nd grade reading comprehension worksheets are designed for busy teachers to get the most out of their planning time for reading comprehension strategies in the 2nd-grade classroom. Each leveled worksheet has a short story, a reading comprehension flashcard checkup, and a short quiz to be used on any electronic device. They are grouped into reader levels J, K, and L for the 2nd grade. J and K are for CCSS literacy standards, and L is for CCSS for informational texts. Scroll down for a beginner reader introduction to poetry with a short winter poem suitable for 2nd graders by Michele Meleen.

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Common Core Standards for Literacy and Informational Texts

Our reader-level J-M 2nd-grade reading comprehension worksheets work on the following Common Core Standards.

  • CCSS RL.2.1, CCSS RL.2.3, CCSS RL.2.4, RL.2.5, RL.2.6, and RL.2.7.
  • CCSS RI.2.1, CCSS RI.2.2, RI.2.3, RI.2.4, RI.2.6, RI.2.7, and RI.2.8.

The 2nd-grade poem worksheet works on the following Common Core Standards.

  • CCSS RL.2.2 and RL.2.4.

How To Use Our 2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

The following reading comprehension for 2nd graders activities are designed to be used as part of your reading strategy in your classrooms for reader levels J-M. We have nonfiction and fiction passages to be read out loud as a class or to be used in small group activities on an electronic device. At the end of each passage, specific questions allow children to ask and answer questions such as who, what, when, etc., and to demonstrate their understanding of the key details in the text. There is also a quick quiz for children to use information gathered from illustrations and the text to demonstrate their understanding of its characters, setting, and plot.

My New Pet Short Reading Comprehension Story, Flashcards & Quiz - J

The following fiction reading comprehension passage is suitable for reader level J in the 2nd grade.

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My new pet story card 1

Today was the day we were going to pick up our first pet. I told my mom, "I can't wait!”

“You have to go to school first,” my mom said.

My new pet story card 2

At school, I couldn't understand what the teacher was saying. I was too excited!

My new pet story card 3

After school, my mom picked me up, and we went to the animal shelter. I was so excited to meet our first pet.

Suddenly, a dog came running towards us.

"This is our new pet, and his name is Lucky," my mom said.

My new pet story card 4

"Lucky, what a pretty name. I am so lucky to have lucky!" I said.

We took Lucky home, and I showed him all his new toys.

My new pet story card 5

"These toys are for you, Lucky, and this is your new bed," I said.

Lucky was nervous.

"Don't worry, Lucky. I get nervous too." I said.

My new pet story card 6

"Woof," said Lucky.

"I think you are going to be my best friend," I said.

My New Pet Reading Comprehension Standard-Based Flashcards

These flashcards are designed to be used on an electronic device. They have story-specific keywords from each story and are grouped into reading level J. You can use them to go answer WH-specific questions from context clues in the text. Simply flip the flashcard over, and get the answer.

Reading Comprehension My New Pet Question Quiz

Read through the story and try out our quiz. Got a question wrong? Don't worry. Just press reset, and the question will start over.

Who is Lucky?

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Where did he meet Lucky?

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What is the dog's name?

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Why is he excited?

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An Afternoon At Grandma’s House Short Reading Comprehension Story, Flashcards & Quiz - K

The following fiction reading comprehension passage is suitable for reader level K in the 2nd grade.

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An Afternoon At Grandma’s House Short Story 1

This afternoon, Millie is going to her grandma's house. She goes there every Tuesday afternoon and today is Tuesday!

An Afternoon At Grandma’s House Short Story 2

Her grandma is really fun. She likes to read, bake cookies, and play with Millie until Millie's mom comes to pick her up.

An Afternoon At Grandma’s House Short Story 3

But today, Millie has a special surprise! Millie has made a birthday card for her grandma. Her grandma is going to be sixty-two years old on Wednesday!

An Afternoon At Grandma’s House Short Story 4

Millie's grandma picks her up from school, and they drive to Grandma's house.

"Grandma, can we bake cookies today?" Millie said.

"Of course we can," said Grandma.

An Afternoon At Grandma’s House Short Story 5

They arrive at Grandma's house and go to the kitchen.

"What cookies do you want to make, Millie?" asked Grandma.

"Chocolate chip!" said Millie.

"Yummy," said Grandma.

An Afternoon At Grandma’s House Short Story 6

They mix the flour, eggs, sugar, and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.

"These are going to be yummy," said Millie.

An Afternoon At Grandma’s House Short Story 7

The cookies are ready, and Millie picks up her grandma's birthday card from her school bag.

"Happy birthday, Grandma," said Millie.

"It is beautiful! Thank you, Millie!" said Grandma.

An Afternoon At Grandma's House Reading Comprehension Standard-Based Flashcards

These flashcards are designed to be used on an electronic device. They have story-specific keywords from each story and are grouped into reading level K. You can use them to answer WH-specific questions from context clues in the text. Simply flip the flashcard over, and get the answer.

Reading Comprehension An Afternoon At Grandma's House Question Quiz

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Millie made ____________.

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They made chocolate ______ _____.

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Grandma is going to be sixty _______ years old on _______.

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Her grandma is really  _______.

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How To Make Fluffy Slime Short Reading Comprehension Story, Flashcards & Quiz - L

The following nonfiction reading comprehension passage is suitable for reader level L in the 2nd grade.

Simply scroll down to read the informative text and click the right button to move on to the next page.

Make Fluffy Slime Short Reading Comprehension Story

Things you will need

  • 1 cup of baking soda.
  • 1 tbsp of shampoo or dish soap.
  • Food coloring
Make Fluffy Slime Short Reading Comprehension Story

Equipment

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 large spoon
Make Fluffy Slime Short Reading Comprehension Story

Instructions

  1. Put a tbsp of shampoo or dish soap into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Next, slowly add 1 cup of baking soda and mix it with a large spoon.
  3. If you want your slime to be colorful, add 2 drops of food coloring.
  4. Mix your slime mixture for 5 minutes.
  5. Take the slime out of the bowl and knead the mixture with your hands. Like making bread!
  6. If the slime is too runny, add more baking soda.
  7. Play with your slime!

How To Make Fluffy Slime Reading Comprehension Standard-Based Flashcards

These flashcards are designed to be used on an electronic device. They have story-specific keywords from each text and are grouped into reading level L. You can use them to answer WH-specific questions from context clues in the text. Simply flip the flashcard over, and get the answer.

Reading Comprehension How To Make Slime Question Quiz

Read through the story and try out our context clues quiz. Got a question wrong? Don't worry. Just press reset, and the question will start over.

To make slime, you need ___________.

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First, you need to  ____________________.

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Second, you need to   ____________________.

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If you want your slime to be colorful, add _____ drops of food coloring.

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2nd Grade Reading Comprehension - Poems

The following activity is for beginner readers in the 2nd-grade classroom and exposes 2nd-graders to poems from diverse cultures, so they can begin understanding and deciphering central messages, lessons, or morals. At the end of the activity, we included a quick quiz to help 2nd graders describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a poem or story.

2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Poem 1

Do you think the poet likes winter?

I think he likes winter because…

I don't think he likes winter because…

2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Poem 2

What does he say about his breath in the winter?

2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Poem 3

How does he describe the winter air?

2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Poem 4

Question prompts

  • What do you think the message of this poem is?
  • Do you like this poem? Why or why not?
  • Do you like winter? Why or why not?

Reading Comprehension Behold My Breath Question Quiz

Read through the poem and try out our quiz. Got a question wrong? Don't worry. Just press reset, and the question will start over.

What word in the poem rhymes with slow?

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How does he describe his breath in winter?

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