2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Reading Comprehension Worksheets for 2nd Grade

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Here is a collection of passages that can help students learn to understand what they read. We have high-interest articles, poems, and fiction stories with comprehension questions. These passages are written specifically for a second grade level, although each students' actual reading level will vary.

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Fiction

Superhero Joey Free

Joey is dressed up as a superhero and all set to attend a party. Will his costume win first prize? Read the story and write the answers to the comprehension questions.

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Airplane Trip Free

Jake is going on his first plane trip, and he's telling everyone all about it, even his stuffed panda. Will he enjoy flying?

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Pictures in the Sky Member

Emma and Alex are looking for pictures the clouds. They see one that looks like a duck, another that looks like a man with a beard, and a gray one that looks like rain.

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Bedtime Story Member

Rosie loves to hear her dad's bedtime stories. But when Dad gets sick and can't tell her a bedtime story, will they miss story time?

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Snow Flowers Member

Eve's mother is sick of winter. She misses sunshine, birds and flowers. Eve finds a way to give her mom flowers, even with all of the snow.

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The Spider Web Member

While racing her brother, Nina runs right into a spider web. Nina thinks a monstrous spider has landed on her. Do they find the spider? And who wins the race?

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Blessie Bakes Member

Blessie and her mother make brownies for a bake sale.

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The Bat Member

A girl chases a bat across her backyard and tried to discover where it lives. Students read the story and then complete the check-for-understanding questions.

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Hunt for Gold Member

Mia and Alex search the seashore for a treasure chest full of gold. While they don't find gold, they find many other treasures along the beach.

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Sock Puppet Member

Max, Pops, and Gram work together to build sock puppets so they can put on a puppet show.

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Taylor's Prize Member

After riding the Ferris wheel at the county fair, Taylor tries to win a stuffed pony. All she has to do to win the prize is throw a baseball at a bottle and knock it down. Taylor discovers that winning the game is harder than it seems.

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Dave's Beans Member

Dave's mother gives him some bean seeds to plant. What does he do to make them grow?

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Aunt Lee's Chicken Eggs Member

Cindy is helping Aunt Lee by collecting chicken eggs. She finds an egg behind a bush that might be old? Is it a good egg or a bad egg? Aunt Lee has a trick that may help find the answer.

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Aunt Lee's Chickens Take a Bath Member

How does a chicken take a bath? Read this cute story to find out.

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Aunt Lee's 101 New Pets Member

How does a chicken take a bath? Read this cute story to find out.

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Jimmy's Treasure Member

Jimmy discovers a treasure in his own backyard! Students read the story and then complete the check-for-understanding questions.

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Backyard Picnic Member

Angela is supposed to be helping her family prepare for a backyard picnic when she is distracted by her pet cat.

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Emily's Harvest Member

Emily's animal neighbors enjoy most of her garden harvest, but Emily thinks up a spicy ending to the growing season.

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Family Dinner Member

A family helps each other as they prepare for dinner. Students read the passage and check their understanding by answering the questions that follow.

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Earning Money Member

Several friends earn money by shoveling snow for their neighbors. Read the passage and answer the comprehension questions that follow.

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First Place Katy Member

Katy is always in a hurry. In this story, Katy learns that first isn't always the best.

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The Twins Member

Even though they look alike, these twins are very different people. Students will learn to compare and contrast characters.

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Where's Alex? Member

Emma and her brother Alex are playing Hide-and-Seek. Emma searches for Alex but can't find him anywhere. Where could Alex be?

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Robot Fun Member

Jen can't play because she has to clean her room, but her brother turns it into a fun game.

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I Am Who I Am (Fable) Member

A mole is burying his food in the ground, but his animal friends don't seem to understand why.

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Rock Collecting Member

Jill is a rock collector who is afraid to pick up rocks with bugs on them. Her fearless brother Ben follows her around and makes a collection of his own.

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Lunch Box Surprise Member

Kate and Will eat lunch together. Will finds an unusual surprise in his lunchbox. Hint: It's black and white and smells like flowers.

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Making Cookies Member

Libby is watching her brother Max make cookies. She wants to help, but Max says she's too little. Max soon discovers that Libby really IS a big help in the kitchen.

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Fifteen Minutes of Pie Free

Ethan tells his parents that he would like fifteen minutes of pie... but what does this mean?

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Pet Store Member

Find out what happens when a family of four goes into a pet store and cannot agree on the perfect pet.

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Homework Member

Jim loves reading and Meg loves math, so they find a way to help each other.

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Case of the Missing Fish Member

Grandpa isn't catching any fish down by the seashore. Detectives Emma and Alex are on the case, and they find out what happened to the fish.

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Jennifer's Birthday Party Member

It's Jennifer's 8th birthday! Read about her birthday party and answer the questions.

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It All Adds Up Member

While they walk home from school, Jake teaches his younger brother Ben a secret for adding big numbers.

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Holiday Surprise Member

Holi is a holiday from India. People throw colored water at each other for fun on this day. In this story, Sammy gets a phone call from his friend Raj. Raj wants him to come over and wear old clothes. But why?

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Playing With Paper Member

Alex and Emma are in the park making things with folded newspaper First Emma makes two hats. Then she makes some paper airplanes. Then she makes paper boats.

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Kitten Play Member

Seth pretends he's a kitten, but when he chases dragonflies outside, he ends up covered in mud.

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Anna & Kitty
Stories (Fiction)

Where's Kitty? Member

Anna's Kitty has gone missing. Where will she find her?

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Anna's Kite Member

Anna's kite is caught high up in a tree. It's too far for her to climb. How can her kitty help get the kite down?

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Anna's Beach Bag Member

Anna is preparing to visit her grandma, who lives by the beach. Her kitten helps her choose the best items to pack.

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The Dollhouse Member

Anna tries to earn forty dollars so she can buy a dollhouse. When she find out how difficult it is to earn that much money, she has another idea.

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Anna's Class Pet Member

What will happen when Anna is asked to bring her class pet home for a long weekend?

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Readers' Theater

Maisy's Piggy Bank Member

An entertaining readers' theater about a girl who earns money and saves up for a purple basketball.

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Poems

Junk Art (Poem) Member

Create art from junk you have around the house; Cute, fun poem for crafty kids

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Snowy School Day (Poem) Member

It's windy and cold morning when Mr. Steve pulls up with the big yellow school bus.

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In the Summer (Poem) Member

Read the poem about summertime, then answer the reading comprehension questions that follow.
(Approx. grade levels 1-3)

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First Day of School (Poem) Member

A nervous girl walks into her new classroom for the first time.

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Problem Solved (Poem) Free

A boy's sister is following him all over the house and chasing him up and down stairs. How will he solve his problem?

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Snakes (Poem) Member

Snakes glide from side to side, and use their tongues to pick up scents in the air.

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Reading Forever (Poem) Member

Short poem about someone who enjoys reading all different kinds of books.

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Non-Fiction

Tyrannosaurus Rex Member

Did you know that the Tyrannosaurus rex is as long as a school bus and as tall as a house? It also had 60 sharp teeth that were as large as bananas.

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Elephants (Non-Fiction) Member

Learn about elephants' trunks, teeth, and tusks.

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Tulips (Non-Fiction) Member

Learn all about the springtime tulips that grow in your garden.

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Short Passages

The Big Egg (Short) Member

Sam is collecting eggs in the hen house, but one egg seems a little strange.

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Killer Whales (Short) Member

Another quick-read with facts and questions about orcas.

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Cheetahs (Short) Member

Students read a short, non-fiction paragraph about cheetahs and answer the questions that follow.

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Compare & Contrast

Bananas and Pineapples (Compare & Contrast) Member

Learn how bananas and pineapples are similar and different.

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Beach and Mountains (Compare & Contrast) Member

Compare and contrast a vacation at the beach to a vacation in the mountains.

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Tall Mary & Short Harry (Compare & Contrast) Member

Read this cute story of two very different friends. Then, compare and contrast the two characters

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Main Idea Worksheet Member

Read the paragraphs and choose the main ideas.

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First Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

This page has reading passages written at a first grade level.

Third Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Fiction stories, expository articles, and poems for practicing third grade reading skills

Fourth Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Fourth grade reading comprehension worksheets include stories, poems, and non-fiction articles

Fifth Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Poems, stories, and articles for mastering fifth grade reading skills

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