Reading Games for 2nd Grade

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Learning to read takes a while, but it's well worth the effort! Help your second grade students have some fun while practicing those crucial literacy skills.

Reading Skills for Second Graders

Most second grade students practice reading regularly. Why not add some fun to the routine by introducing these fun reading games to their learning environment?

Pronunciation Game

In this game, students practice pronouncing words that are challenging or new to them. Divide students into small groups. Give each group a set of index cards. On one side of the card, a new or challenging word is written and on the other side of the card, the phonetic pronunciation of the word is written. For example, if the word accident was written on one side of a card, the back of the card might read ax-uh-dent. One student in each group should be appointed the score keeper.

To play this game, have students take turns picking up a card from the deck. The student shows the word side of the card to the classmate in the group sitting nearest to his or her right. The student tries to correctly pronounce the word. If this student cannot pronounce it, the next nearest student on the right attempts to pronounce the word, and so on. If a student gets the pronunciation correct, he or she gains a point and this is recorded by the score keeper.

The student holding the card should be the judge of whether the word was pronounced correctly. However, for classrooms with plenty of computers or tablets available, there are several dictionary websites with sound clips of word pronunciation on them and one of these can be pulled up on a device in advance to serve as final verification of the correct answer.

The card is put in a discard pile. Play then passes to the student who earned the point. He or she holds up a new card to the person on his or her right, and so on.

The game ends either when there are no cards remaining, or a particular amount of time runs out. The player with the most points wins.

Comprehension Challenge

In the comprehension challenge, students work in pairs and read a passage of text aloud together. Each student then writes several comprehension questions for his or her partner about what happened in the passage. Taking turns, each student reads a question to his or her partner and the partner attempts to answer it. Every question correctly answered is worth a point. If the student doesn't get the answer correct, the pair discusses what the correct answer is and why, re-reading parts of the passage if need be.

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