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Sight Words for 2nd Graders

Today, we'll delve into the magical world of sight words - those little linguistic wonders that form the backbone of early reading skills.

sight words grade 2

What Are Sight Words?

Sight words, as you might already know, are words that we encourage children to memorize as a whole by sight. This way, they can automatically recognize these words without needing to use any strategies to decode them. The fascinating part is that these words make up a significant part of the text we read.

The Importance of Sight Words

Why are sight words so important for your 2nd grader? The answer is simple.

  • Fluency: Sight words are a key to reading fluency. They allow children to read smoothly and faster because they don't have to stop and decode each word.

  • Comprehension: Since sight words constitute a significant part of any text, recognizing these words instantly can aid comprehension. It allows children to focus on the tougher words.

Now that we've established why sight words are so crucial, let's dive into the 200 sight words that I think every 2nd grader should know.

200 Essential Sight Words for 2nd Graders

These words are a mix of 'high frequency' words and 'tricky' words - some are used very often, while others are a bit more challenging to decode.

  • Always, Around, Because, Been, Before

  • Best, Both, Buy, Call, Cold

  • Does, Don't, Fast, First, Five

  • Found, Gave, Goes, Green, Its

  • Made, Many, Off, Or, Pull

  • Read, Right, Sing, Sit, Sleep

  • Tell, Their, These, Those, Upon

  • Us, Use, Very, Wash, Which

  • Why, Wish, Work, Would, Write

  • Your, After, Any, Back, Been

  • Give, Going, Had, Has, Him

  • His, How, Just, Know, Let

  • Live, May, Of, Old, Once

  • Open, Over, Put, Round, Some

  • Stop, Take, Thank, Them, Then

  • Think, Walk, Were, When, An

  • As, By, Could, Every, Fly

  • From, Give, Going, Her, How

  • Just, Know, Let, Live, May

  • Of, Old, Once, Open, Over

  • Put, Round, Some, Stop, Take

  • Thank, Them, Then, Think, Walk

  • Were, When, Ask, Black, Brown

  • But, Came, Could, Dear, Each

  • Eat, Get, Good, Have, He

  • Into, Like, Must, New, No

  • Now, On, Our, Out, Please

  • Pretty, Ran, Ride, Saw, Say

  • She, So, Soon, That, There

  • They, This, Too, Under, Want

  • Was, Well, Went, What, White

  • Who, Will, With, Yes, After

  • Again, An, Any, As, Ask

  • By, Could, Every, Fly, From

  • Give, Giving, Had, Has, Her

  • Him, His, How, Just, Keep

  • Let, Live, May, Of, Old

  • Once, Open, Over, Put, Round

  • Some, Stop, Take, Thank, Them

  • Then, Think, Walk, Were, When

Whew! That's quite a list, isn't it?

Tips on Teaching Sight Words

Teaching sight words need not be a mundane chore. With a dash of creativity, you can turn it into a fun and engaging activity.

  • Flashcards: Good old flashcards never fail. Write the word on one side, use it in a sentence on the other. You can even color-code the cards for added fun.

  • Word Games: Games like word bingo, word hunt, or memory match can be effective and fun.

  • Sight Word Books: Books that emphasize sight words can help children recognize these words in different contexts.

  • Practice, Practice, Practice: The old adage is true, "Practice makes perfect". Regularly review the words your child has learned.

The Journey Ahead

Remember, every child learns at their own pace, so please don't rush the process. The goal is to make learning fun and engaging, not stressful. With patience and consistency, your child will master these sight words and be well on their way to becoming a fluent reader.

Until our next learning adventure, happy reading, and happy learning!



Here’s a chart with more sight words for your 2nd grader!



Always

Around

Because

Been

Before

Best

Both

Buy

Call

Cold

Does

Don't

Fat

First

Five

Found

Gave

Goes

Green

Its

Made

Many

Off

Or

Pull

Read

Right

Sing

Sit

Sleep

Tell

Their

These

Those

Upon

Us

Use

Very

Wash

Which

Why

Wish

Work

Would

Write

Your

After

Any

Back

Been

Give

Going

Had

Has

Him

His

How

Just

Know

Let

Live

May

Of

Old

Once

Open

Over

Put

Round

Some

Stop

Take

Thank

Them

Then

Think

Walk

Were

When

An

As

By

Could

Every

Fly

From

Give

Going

Her

How

Just

Know

Let

Live

May

Of

Old

Once

Open

Over


Put

Round

Some

Stop

Take

Thank

Them

Then

Think

Walk

Were

When

Ask

Black

Brown

But

Came

Could

Dear

Each

Eat

Get

Good

Have

He

Into

Like

Must

New

No

Now

On

Our

Out

Please

Pretty

Ran

Ride

Saw

Say

She

So

Soon

That

There

They

This

Too

Under

Want

Was

Well

Went

What

White

Who

Will

With

Yes

After

Again

An

Any

As

Ask

By

Could

Every

Fly

From

Give

Giving

Had

Has

Her

Him

His

How

Just

Keep

Let

Live

May

Of

Old

Once

Open

Over

Put

Round

Some

Stop

Take

Thank

Them

Then

Think

Walk

Were

When



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