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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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Read "The Nightingale" by Hans Christian Andersen, and color the illustrations as you go!
Comprehension
Third Grade
Why do we set off fireworks on the 4th of July? Find out all about the history of fireworks in this history worksheet.
Comprehension
Third Grade
Is your child just learning how to cook? Help her learn the fundamentals of kitchen safety with this cheat-sheet.
Comprehension
Third Grade
The Muscogee tribe is also known as the Creek. Encourage your young reader to learn more about the history of this Native American tribe.
Comprehension
Third Grade
Learn more about legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this nonfiction reading sheet from our Jewish-American Heroes series.
Comprehension
Third Grade
We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare... but this story is all mixed up! Build basic comprehension skills with a fun storyboard activity.
Comprehension
First Grade
Can your child help punctuate this passage? He'll read an Aesop's fable and then add in the periods where they are missing in the story!
Comprehension
Second Grade
Learn how to write like Rudyard Kipling, the author who wrote 'The Jungle Book'. Your child can read a few excerpts from authors who influenced Kipling.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade
Improve your child's reading comprehension, and introduce her to a classic children's story, with this worksheet on The Story of a Stuffed Elephant.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade
Follow the path of the Ute Native Americans with this worksheet. Your budding historian can enrich her knowledge of U.S. history and culture.
Comprehension
Third Grade
Improve your child's reading skills and introduce her the classic tale of Peter Rabbit with this comprehension page, all about finding the main idea.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade
Read A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum in this coloring page story worksheet, perfect for Christmas Eve.
Comprehension
Second Grade
Aspiring authors can get inspired with a fun writing and reading comprehension sheet! Read some passages by authors who influenced Stephen King.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade
Share in the adventures of the Shawnee tribe with this reading comprehension worksheet on Native American history.
Comprehension
Third 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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