2nd Grade - Legible Handwriting

 
     
 
     
 
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2nd
Writing
Legible handwriting
Create readable documents with legible handwriting.
Write neatly with legible handwriting. Create readable documents that are in correct form and can be read by your audience.
 
 

Building Blocks/Prerequisites

 

Sample Problems

(1)

What does legible handwriting mean? (handwriting that is readable)

(2)

What does cursive mean? (letters that are joined up)

(3)

What are some ways to help left hand writers write better? (encourage them to use a #3 pencil, have them tilt their paper to the right as opposed to the left)

(4)

When writing right handed, where should your arms be placed? (Your right hand should be holding the pencil, while your left hand is placed over the top left corner of your paper to hold it from moving.)

(5)

What is the correct order the parts of a friendly letter should be put in to make the document readable? (heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature)

Learning Tips

(1)

To help identify which letters your child needs help with, have your child write the entire alphabet letter by letter. Circle any letters that your child needs to work on. Continue to have your child work on these letters a bit each day. Remember, practice makes perfect!

(2)

Encourage your child to take his/her time while writing. Many children often rush in class because they don’t want to be the last one to turn in their work. Remind your child that it is not a race and to work carefully both at home and at school. The more your child takes their time, the fewer mistakes they will have as well.

(3)

Monitor how your child sits as he/she writes. Make sure that he/she is sitting up straight while writing. Many children slouch or lean their head on their hand causing careless writing. Your child should have a chair that has a flat seat and back. The chair should be at a height that allows his/her feet to rest flat with he hips, knees, and ankles all at 90-degree angles. This will help as your child moves his/her writing arm across the table. The desk height should be about two inches above the height of the child’s bent elbows. If the desk is too high, your child will have a hard time with movement and make it difficult to see the paper. If the desk is too low, your child may slouch. Check to see that your child’s writing paper is tilted slightly to the left for right handed children or to the right for left handed children. The writing hand should be holding the pencil and the other hand should lie loosely across the top edge of the paper to keep it in place.

(4)

Look for a handwriting book at a teacher supply store. Make copies so that your child can use the pages again and again. Encourage your child to practice one letter each night. Remind him/her to concentrate as they practice. Have your child look over their work as it is finished and circle the best letter. Have your child save their work so that they may compare for improvements in handwriting.

(5)

If your child is left handed, recommend that he/she use a harder pencil lead such as a #3 instead of a #2. As your child’s hand sweeps across the paper, while writing, the lead will not smear as easily.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Circle the best answer.


What does legible handwriting mean?


  1. handwriting that is hard to read

  2. handwriting that is written lightly

  3. handwriting that is able to be read

(2)

Circle the best answer.


What does cursive mean?


  1. letters that are joined up

  2. letters that are written too small

  3. letters that are written with spaces in between

(3)

Name two things that children who right with their left hand can do to make writing easier.

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(4)

Number the parts of a friendly letter in the correct order.


_____ closing

_____ body

_____ heading

_____ signature

_____ greeting


(5)

(Questions 5 and 6) Number the parts of a friendly letter in the correct order.


_____ June 8, 2008

_____ Tara

_____ Dear Sara,

_____ Your friend,

_____ We just got back from vacation yesterday. I wish that you were

able to come with us. We went to the beach and I got to make

a giant sandcastle. Hope you are doing well. Can’t wait to hear

from you!


(6)

Now that the parts of the friendly letter are numbered in the correct order, rewrite the letter in your neatest handwriting on the lines below.


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(7)

Read the friendly letter. One part from the letter is missing. Write the missing part on the line.


July 15, 2007

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We just got back from vacation yesterday. I wish that you were able to come with us. We went to the beach and I got to make a giant sandcastle. Hope you are doing well. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Sincerely,

Kaeli


(8)

Read the friendly letter. One part from the letter is missing. Write the missing part on the line.


July 15, 2007

Dear Matt,

We just got back from vacation yesterday. I wish that you were able to come with us. We went to the beach and I got to make a giant sandcastle. Hope you are doing well. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Sam

(9)

Trace over the lines below. Continue to practice writing lines on your own.


I I I I I I _____________

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(10)

Copy the letters in your neatest handwriting on the lines below.


A B C D E F G H I J K


L M N O P Q R S T U V


W X Y Z


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Now look at the letters that you wrote. Circle any letters that you need extra practice in writing.


(11)

Trace over the letters below with your pencil. Continue to practice writing the letter on the line.


A A A A ___________________


B B B B ___________________


C C C C ___________________


(12)

Trace over the words below with your pencil. Continue to practice writing the word on the line.


ant ant ______________________


bat bat ______________________


cat cat ______________________


(13)

Use trace, copy, and recall to practice writing the words below. (Trace over the word with your finger or pencil. Copy the word exactly how it looks. Fold your paper and recall the spelling of the word on the back side. Repeat with each word.)



Trace Copy Recall


friend


heard


know


which


(14)

Copy the nursery rhyme on the lines below in your neatest handwriting.


Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

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(15)

Recopy the tongue twister in your neatest handwriting. Proofread your work.


Sally sold seashells by the seashore.


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