2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Passages

Reading Passages, Questions & Answers - Second Grade

Below you’ll find 2nd grade reading comprehension passages along with questions and answers and vocabulary activities. These printable, elementary school worksheet activities include short story excerpts,  passages from popular books as well as high-interest information topics.

The Astrologer

A man who lived a long time ago believed that he could read the future in the stars. He called himself an Astrologer, and spent his time at night gazing at the sky. One evening he was walking along the open road outside the village. His eyes were fixed on…

The Seagull

The seagull lives along the shore And flies above the ocean’s roar. His body gleams in gray and white Against the sky when he takes flight. The seagull doesn’t chirp or tweet when yet he finds a yummy treat. Instead, he makes a lonely cry that echoes out across the sky. The seagull skims the…

Ella’s First Fashion Creation

Ella walked into the kitchen and twirled. She was wearing a new dress and she felt like a famous model. Even better, it was a dress she made! Her very first piece of fashion! “What do you think?” she asked her family. They were all gathered at the kitchen table…

The Laurence Boy

Little Women is the story of four sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March; during the Civil War. While once the March family had a good deal of money, the family has fallen onto hard times. The wealthy Mr. Laurence and his grandson live next door to the March family.…

A Place for Everything

“Jackson, I love you. But you may be the messiest boy in the world,” Jackson’s mother said as she placed a stack of clean clothes on his already crowded dresser. “No way, Mom.” “No? Why not?” “Because you haven’t met every boy in the world, so there is no way…

Rikki’s Ride

Rikki was a monkey. She was small, with light gray fur and a black face. She lived in the grassy, flat savanna with her family and friends. The savanna was in Africa, so Rikki often saw other animals playing, resting, and searching for food. Rikki was always hungry. She ate mostly leaves and seeds,…

Cali Scores a Goal

It was the last game of the season. Cali had been playing soccer all summer. She really enjoyed running around with the other players in her bright blue uniform, chasing the black and white ball across the grassy field. As much as she tried, though, Cali still had not scored…

The Story of the Three Bears

Once upon a time there were Three Bears, who lived together in a house of their own, in a wood. One of them was a Little, Small, Wee Bear; and one was a Middle-sized Bear, and the other was a Great, Huge Bear. They had each a pot for their…

Little Red Riding-hood

Persons in the Play-Little Red Riding-Hood, Mother, Bird, Wolf, Miller, Grandmother ———————————— Scene I.-At Red Riding-Hood’s Home MOTHER: Would you like to go to grandmother’s to-day, my child? The sun is bright and the air is warm and pleasant. LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD: Yes, mother, you know I always like to…

The Wolf and the House Dog

There was once a Wolf who got very little to eat because the Dogs of the village were so wide awake and watchful. He was really nothing but skin and bones, and it made him very downhearted to think of it. One night this Wolf happened to fall in with…