Reading Comprehension Worksheets for 2nd Grade

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
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.
2nd Grade
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Jake is going on his first plane trip, and he's telling everyone all about it, even his stuffed panda. Will he enjoy flying?
2nd Grade
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Emma wants a new lunch box like her friend, Alice. When Emma doesn't have the money to buy one she improvises!
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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.
2nd Grade
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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?
2nd Grade
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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.
2nd Grade
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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?
2nd Grade
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Blessie and her mother make brownies for a bake sale.
2nd Grade
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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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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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Max, Pops, and Gram work together to build sock puppets so they can put on a puppet show.
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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.
2nd Grade
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Dave's mother gives him some bean seeds to plant. What does he do to make them grow?
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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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How does a chicken take a bath? Read this cute story to find out.
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How does a chicken take a bath? Read this cute story to find out.
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Jimmy discovers a treasure in his own backyard! Students read the story and then complete the check-for-understanding questions.
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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 animal neighbors enjoy most of her garden harvest, but Emily thinks up a spicy ending to the growing season.
2nd Grade
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A family helps each other as they prepare for dinner. Students read the passage and check their understanding by answering the questions that follow.
2nd Grade
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Several friends earn money by shoveling snow for their neighbors. Read the passage and answer the comprehension questions that follow.
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Katy is always in a hurry. In this story, Katy learns that first isn't always the best.
2nd Grade
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Even though they look alike, these twins are very different people. Students will learn to compare and contrast characters.
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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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Jen can't play because she has to clean her room, but her brother turns it into a fun game.
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A mole is burying his food in the ground, but his animal friends don't seem to understand why.
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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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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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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.
2nd Grade
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Ethan tells his parents that he would like fifteen minutes of pie... but what does this mean?
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Find out what happens when a family of four goes into a pet store and cannot agree on the perfect pet.
2nd and 3rd Grades
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Jim loves reading and Meg loves math, so they find a way to help each other.
2nd Grade
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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.
2nd through 4th Grades
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It's Jennifer's 8th birthday! Read about her birthday party and answer the questions.
2nd and 3rd Grades
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While they walk home from school, Jake teaches his younger brother Ben a secret for adding big numbers.
2nd Grade
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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?
2nd Grade
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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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Seth pretends he's a kitten, but when he chases dragonflies outside, he ends up covered in mud.
2nd Grade
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Anna & Kitty
Stories (Fiction)
Anna's Kitty has gone missing. Where will she find her?
2nd Grade
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Have you ever hoped to see Santa on Christmas Eve? In this story Anna and Kitty have a plan to catch a glimpse of Santa before he's on to the next house!
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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?
2nd Grade
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Anna is preparing to visit her grandma, who lives by the beach. Her kitten helps her choose the best items to pack.
2nd Grade
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Where is Kitty? Anna searches for Kitty and finds her tangled up in a ball of yarn. Seeing Kitty like that gives Anna a great idea for a Halloween costume for Kitty!
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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.
2nd Grade
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What will happen when Anna is asked to bring her class pet home for a long weekend?
1st through 3rd Grades
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Readers' Theater
An entertaining readers' theater about a girl who earns money and saves up for a purple basketball.
2nd through 4th Grades
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Poems
Create art from junk you have around the house; Cute, fun poem for crafty kids
2nd Grade
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It's windy and cold morning when Mr. Steve pulls up with the big yellow school bus.
2nd Grade
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Read the poem about summertime, then answer the reading comprehension questions that follow.
(Approx. grade levels 1-3)
1st through 3rd Grades
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A nervous girl walks into her new classroom for the first time.
2nd Grade
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A boy's sister is following him all over the house and chasing him up and down stairs. How will he solve his problem?
2nd Grade
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Snakes glide from side to side, and use their tongues to pick up scents in the air.
2nd Grade
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Short poem about someone who enjoys reading all different kinds of books.
2nd Grade
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Non-Fiction
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.
1st through 3rd Grades
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Why and where do bears hibernate? How do they prepare for hibernation? What do they eat in the spring? Learn all this and more, in this non-fiction hibernation article.
2nd Grade
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A boy gets a dog for his birthday and wonders why the dog's nose is always wet and cold. The boy's dad explains why dogs' noses are wet.
2nd Grade
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Learn about elephants' trunks, teeth, and tusks.
2nd Grade
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Learn all about the springtime tulips that grow in your garden.
2nd Grade
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Learn many fascinating facts about skunks! Did you know that skunks are actually very shy? Discover this and much more!
2nd Grade
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Short Passages
Sam is collecting eggs in the hen house, but one egg seems a little strange.
2nd Grade
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Another quick-read with facts and questions about orcas.
2nd through 4th Grades
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Students read a short, non-fiction paragraph about cheetahs and answer the questions that follow.
2nd through 4th Grades
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Compare & Contrast
Learn how bananas and pineapples are similar and different.
2nd Grade
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Compare and contrast a vacation at the beach to a vacation in the mountains.
2nd Grade
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Read this cute story of two very different friends. Then, compare and contrast the two characters
2nd Grade
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Read the paragraphs and choose the main ideas.
2nd through 4th Grades
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