2nd Grade Reading Comprehension

Here is a collection of high-interest non-fiction articles, fiction stories, readers' theater scripts, and poems, that your students are sure to enjoy. Each passage includes a series of comprehension questions as well as a vocabulary-building activity.

English/Language Arts
Fiction
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?
2nd Grade
Chloe and Joey are looking around their backyard. They soon discover that they see things quite differently! Reading comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and a writing prompt are included.
2nd Grade
Rosie thinks it's too quiet, but when her dad says it's too loud, she learns about all the sounds happening around her. Discover the "noisy silence" Rosie hears in this reading comprehension worksheet.
2nd Grade
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
Emma wants a new lunch box like her friend, Alice. When Emma doesn't have the money to buy one she improvises!
Rory can hardly wait to read her new favorite book from the school library, but somebody is already reading it! Is the book going to be worth the wait? Reading comprehension questions and vocabulary words included.
2nd Grade
Does it ever pay to be "chicken"? Find out in this reading comprehension passage about a bunch of barnyard animals and their picnic plans.
2nd Grade
Uh-oh! Rooster has a problem with over-sleeping, and he can't wake up all the other animals! How will the animals wake up in time to start their day on the farm? Story includes comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and a writing prompt.
2nd Grade
Grandpa has lost his socks, and Alex and Emma are on the case! Can they solve the mystery of Grandpa's missing socks? Read this fun story to find out!
2nd Grade
Emma and Alex are looking for pictures in 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
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
Claire and Anna discover that reading can take you on unexpected adventures—even inside the pages of a good book!
2nd Grade
Hayley and Ben play a game to see who can fit more items into their coat pockets. Who will win? This is a clever, fall-themed reading comprehension activity with follow-up questions.
2nd Grade
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
Sammy is having a magical time in the Cayman Islands! Will he have time to fit in all the grand adventures he wants to go on? This reading activity includes comprehension questions and a vocabulary activity.
2nd Grade
Annie can't fall asleep. Will her nighttime visitors find a way to lull her into sweet dreams - without counting sheep?
2nd Grade
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
Blessie and her mother make brownies for a bake sale.
2nd Grade
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.
2nd Grade
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.
2nd Grade
Max, Pops, and Gram work together to build sock puppets so they can put on a puppet show.
2nd Grade
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
Dave's mother gives him some bean seeds to plant. What does he do to make them grow?
2nd Grade
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.
2nd Grade
How does a chicken take a bath? Read this cute story to find out.
2nd Grade
How does a chicken take a bath? Read this cute story to find out.
2nd Grade
Jimmy discovers a treasure in his own backyard! Students read the story and then complete the check-for-understanding questions.
2nd Grade
Mia and Max are determined to help Mrs. Wilson find her missing earring. Are they up to the task? Comprehension questions, writing prompt, and vocabulary words are included. Answer key also included.
5th Grade
Angela is supposed to be helping her family prepare for a backyard picnic when she is distracted by her pet cat.
2nd Grade
Emily's animal neighbors enjoy most of her garden harvest, but Emily thinks up a spicy ending to the growing season.
2nd Grade
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
Several friends earn money by shoveling snow for their neighbors. Read the passage and answer the comprehension questions that follow.
2nd Grade
Katy is always in a hurry. In this story, Katy learns that first isn't always the best.
2nd Grade
Even though they look alike, these twins are very different people. Students will learn to compare and contrast characters.
2nd Grade
Emma and her brother Alex are playing Hide-and-Seek. Emma searches for Alex but can't find him anywhere. Where could Alex be?
2nd Grade
Jen can't play because she has to clean her room, but her brother turns it into a fun game.
2nd Grade
A mole is burying his food in the ground, but his animal friends don't seem to understand why.
2nd Grade
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.
2nd Grade
Kate and Will eat lunch together. Will finds an unusual surprise in his lunchbox. Hint: It's black and white and smells like flowers.
2nd Grade
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
Ethan tells his parents that he would like fifteen minutes of pie... but what does this mean?
2nd Grade
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
Jim loves reading and Meg loves math, so they find a way to help each other.
2nd Grade
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
It's Jennifer's 8th birthday! Read about her birthday party and answer the questions.
2nd and 3rd Grades
While they walk home from school, Jake teaches his younger brother Ben a secret for adding big numbers.
2nd Grade
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
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.
2nd Grade
Seth pretends he's a kitten, but when he chases dragonflies outside, he ends up covered in mud.
2nd Grade
Anna & Kitty
Stories (Fiction)
Anna's Kitty has gone missing. Where will she find her?
2nd Grade
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
Anna is preparing to visit her grandma, who lives by the beach. Her kitten helps her choose the best items to pack.
2nd Grade
Anna is worried Kitty will miss the 4th of July parade! Will Kitty show up in time to watch the fun?
2nd Grade
Anna is practicing her yo-yo for the future Olympics. The only problem is: she can't find where her yo-yo, or her kitty, went! This reading comprehension includes comprehension questions, a writing prompt, and vocabulary words.
2nd Grade
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!
Anna must go up to the spooky attic to find Kitty. Reading comprehension questions, writing prompt, and vocabulary words are included.
2nd Grade
Anna thinks Kitty took her missing puzzle piece. She has to learn a lesson about teamwork before she can complete her puzzle. Reading comprehension questions, a writing prompt, and vocabulary words are included.
2nd Grade
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
What will happen when Anna is asked to bring her class pet home for a long weekend?
1st through 3rd Grades
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!
Readers' Theater
An entertaining readers' theater about a girl who earns money and saves up for a purple basketball.
2nd Grade
Poems
Create art from junk you have around the house; Cute, fun poem for crafty kids
2nd Grade
It's a windy and cold morning when Mr. Steve pulls up with the big yellow school bus.
2nd Grade
Read the poem about summertime, then answer the reading comprehension questions that follow.
(Approx. grade levels 1-3)
1st through 3rd Grades
Explore the natural world on a scenic nature hike. This poem includes comprehension questions, a writing activity, and a vocabulary page.
2nd Grade
In this poem, a tourist has a close encounter with awe-inspiring whales.
2nd Grade
A nervous girl walks into her new classroom for the first time.
2nd Grade
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
Snakes glide from side to side, and use their tongues to pick up scents in the air.
2nd Grade
Here is a poem about animals and the noises they make. Students will enjoy learning about animal "voices" in this witty poem. This worksheet includes comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and a writing prompt.
2nd Grade
Short poem about someone who enjoys reading all different kinds of books.
2nd Grade
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
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
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
Learn about elephants' trunks, teeth, and tusks.
2nd Grade
Learn all about the springtime tulips that grow in your garden.
2nd Grade
Learn many fascinating facts about skunks! Did you know that skunks are actually very shy? Discover this and much more!
2nd Grade
Short Passages
Sam is collecting eggs in the hen house, but one egg seems a little strange.
2nd Grade
Another quick-read with facts and questions about orcas.
2nd through 4th Grades
Students read a short, non-fiction paragraph about cheetahs and answer the questions that follow.
2nd through 4th Grades
Compare & Contrast
Learn how bananas and pineapples are similar and different.
2nd Grade
Read this cute story of two very different friends. Then, compare and contrast the two characters
2nd Grade
Compare and contrast a vacation at the beach to a vacation in the mountains.
2nd Grade
Read the paragraphs and choose the main ideas.
2nd through 4th Grades
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Fifth Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

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