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Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Printables

Reading comprehension skills are an essential building block for academic success. Whether your child is just beginning to read or is an advanced reader, there are printable reading comprehension worksheets that can supplement what he is learning in school. These reading comprehension worksheets allow your child to get some extra practice in a fun and simple format. Students will read interesting and engaging stories, including folktales, modern stories, and nonfiction, and then learn to discuss, write about, or summarize the story. Have fun and learn with reading comprehension worksheets.

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Is your child crazy about sharks? Give him a fun and informational coloring page, all about the great white shark!
Comprehension
First Grade
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool violin  facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
Comprehension
Second Grade
Embark on an adventure through the woods with the Mole, in this excerpt from Kenneth Grahame's charming book, The Wind in the Willows.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade
This main idea worksheet guides your child through reading comprehension practice. Use this main idea worksheet with your young reader.
Comprehension
Second Grade
Is it a tiger or a shark? Give your child a fun and informative coloring page, sure to satisfy any shark fanatic!
Comprehension
First Grade
Help your child improve his reading with this printable phonics worksheet, which is all about finding the letter O in a nursery rhyme.
Comprehension
Kindergarten
Learn more about this amazing woman, and get some practice finding the main idea in a nonfiction passage, with this Madam C.J. Walker biography.
Comprehension
Second Grade
Sail back in time to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America, with this fun, fact-filled worksheet.
Comprehension
Third Grade
Young readers will love digging into these great passages on their favorite musical instruments, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
Comprehension
Second Grade
Young readers will love digging into these great passages on the fascinating creatures living under the sea, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process. What do they remember from the reading? In what paragraph did that information show up? Answering these questions challenges young readers to read actively and create a mental map of the passage as they go.
Comprehension
Second Grade
Explore setting by creating a travel brochure for the setting of your book.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade
Why do zombies love brains? Find out with this collection of fun facts and a colorful diagram of the brain.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade
Students will share Ibn Battuta's adventures with this fun reading comprehension and writing worksheet.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade

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Improve Reading Comprehension with These Tips

Reading comprehension worksheets are key tools for helping your child understand a book or text. Supplement our reading comprehension worksheets by reading books with your child and doing these simple comprehension exercises:

  • Start with pre-reading engagement. Look at the book cover with your child and make predictions about the subject of the book based on the title and picture. If you're reading "Hansel and Gretel," you might say, "I see that the title of this book is 'Hansel and Gretel.' I also see a boy and a girl on the front cover. I predict that this book will be about Hansel, a boy, and Gretel, a girl." Older children can be prompted to make their own predictions.
  • Ask questions as you read with your child. You can ask your child how you think a character feels based on his picture or words in the text. You might also point out surprising things in the pictures. Kids also love making preditions mid-story; ask your child, "What do you think will happen next?"
  • After you've finished a book, have a short discussion about what you've read. You can ask your child to summarize the story, or tell you his favorite part, or tell you what he thinks will happen to the characters after the book ends.
  • Encourage your child to complete reading comprehension worksheets regularly. There are perfect post-story reading comprehension worksheets, including story maps, 'fan fiction' writing prompts, and comprehension bookmarks. You can also try printing reading comprehension worksheets with stories and exercises together.


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