How to Teach Spelling to Second Graders

November 20, 2023

How to Teach Spelling to Second Graders

How to Teach Spelling to Second Graders


Does your school district provide you with explicit phonics instruction, differentiated small-groups phonics activities, phonics progress monitoring tools or phonics practice worksheets to promote reading comprehension skills? My district didn’t so I created this Phonics Worksheet Bundle that covers CVC words, blends, digraphs, r controlled vowel diphthongs and more! Includes decodable word lists, segmenting and blending activities, sight word practice, decodable sentences to writing prompts with word banks…it’s all here!

This bundle consists of 4 sequenced products:

How to Teach Spelling to Second Graders

1. Science of Reading Phonics Fluency Grids for Assessment:

  • Teacher Notes
  • VC Phonics Grid
  • CVC Phonics Grid 1
  • CVC Phonics Grid 2
  • CVCC Phonics Grid 3
  • CVCC Phonics Grid 4
  • Blends Phonics Grid 5
  • Blends Phonics Grid 6
  • Digraph Phonics Grid 7
  • Digraph Phonics Grid 8
  • Vowel Digraph Phonics Grid 9
  • Vowel Digraph Phonics Grid 10
  • Sight Word Grid 11
  • Sight Word Grid 12


How to Teach Spelling to Second Graders

This resource can be used in the following 8 ways:

Pre and Post Assessment:

  • Use the sequential phonics grids for pre and post assessment of phonics skills to monitor student learning.


Phonemic Awareness:

  • Have students manipulate sounds, change letters and recognize letter patterns/word families.


Vowel Patterns:

  • Highlight different vowel patterns on the phonics grid. Focus on long and short vowel sounds, vowel teams, and other vowel combinations.


Word Building:

  • Have student build on these base words. They can build words by using prefixes and suffixes (using a mini whiteboard, interactive notebook, or place these sheets in a protective sleeve for kids to write on with a dry erase pen)


Syllable Clap:

  • Engage the whole class by projecting these phonics grids on smartboard and syllable clap words!


Bingo Phonics:

  • Print phonics grids and have students play Bingo or Memory Words in pairs, small groups or centers.


Morning Work:

  • Individual phonics practice – students read, underline letter patterns, highlight repeating words.



  • Provide additional support for students who struggle with particular sounds and offer extension to those students who need challenging


How to Teach Spelling to Second Graders

2. Decodable Ch, Ph, Sh, Th, Wh Digraph & Blends Sentences that cover the following words:

  • chips
  • chicks
  • chug
  • church
  • pack
  • luck
  • duck
  • stick
  • she
  • shell
  • shark
  • ship
  • three
  • Thursday
  • that
  • thank
  • phonics
  • photo
  • phew
  • phone
  • who
  • what
  • when
  • where
  • sing
  • song
  • ring
  • king

How to Teach Spelling to Second Graders

How to use this resource:

  • Digraph Card Game (play in partners or small groups)
  • Digraph Sort Activity (individual or partner)
  • Read, Write & Draw Decodable Sentences


Ideal for:

  • Phonics Centers
  • Morning Work
  • Early Finishers
  • Phonics Centers
  • Phonics Intervention


3. Decodable Sentence Building Worksheets: A no prep printable pack of 30 Decodable Sentence Building Worksheets that require students to:

  • Read the decodable sentence
  • Trace the sentence
  • Write the
  • Cut and paste the word cards in order to create a simple sentence
  • Draw and color sight word sentence


How to Teach Spelling to Second Graders

4. Personal Narrative Writing Prompts with Word Bank, Transition Words, 5Ws Checklist and Picture Box templates. Prompts include:

  • My Weekend
  • The Beach
  • My Birthday
  • My Holiday
  • My Favorite Movie
  • My Favorite Book
  • My Dream
  • My Friends
  • My Pet
  • Father’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • My Field Day Trip
  • St Patrick’s Day
  • My Best School Day
  • My Baking Day
  • My Dental Visit
  • My Doctor Visit
  • My Gardening Day
  • My Shopping Day
  • My Fishing Day
  • Cinco De Mayo
  • Easter
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Each writing prompt has an extra-lined writing template for differentiation

Also included are the following visual posters for your Writing Wall displays:

  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • Why

Skills covered:

  • sequencing of ideas
  • writing in first person (consistent tense)
  • sentence structure
  • vocabulary building
  • punctuation
  • sight words
  • high frequency words
  • editing

So why choose this core-aligned writing resource? Writing prompts are a fundamental part of teaching writing because they provide a structured and supportive way for students to develop their writing skills. This resource will:

  1. Encourage Creativity: by sparking students’ imaginations and inspiring them to write about topics that they might not have considered on their own. This helps students develop their creativity skills and generate innovative ideas.
  2. Build Writer Confidence: Writing can be a challenging task for students, and many may feel overwhelmed when faced with a blank page. Writing prompts provide a specific starting point and a clear goal, which frees cognitive overload so that students can focus on the actual writing process.
  3. Develop Writing Skills: These writing prompts help students focus develop skills in sequencing events, sentence structure and topic-specific vocabulary.
  4. Assess Student Progress: These writing prompts can also be used as an assessment tool to assess student progress and identify areas where individual students may need extra support.


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