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 already an advanced reader, we have printable reading comprehension worksheets containing folktales, modern stories, nonfiction, and more. For more reading resources, check out our full collection of reading worksheets.
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When your child is in preschool, it's not easy to monitor exactly how he's doing. It's not all about ABC's or 1-2-3's, and every kid learns differently. As an involved parent, what can you do to keep your child's brain growing? This set of 15 worksheets has an answer for you: problem solving! Problem solving is a timeless exercise and part of everyday life that can engage young kids. If the reading level of these worksheets is too high for your child, don't fret. This is a great chance to get involved as you guide him through it.
Guatemala Facts
Does your child need practice summarizing and retelling stories? Give her these worksheets to practice identifying main ideas, themes, and key details. These skills will give her the foundation to effectively and accurately retell stories without missing the big picture.
How did the Native Americans used to live? Find out with this series of 3rd grade reading comprehension worksheets featuring passages about the different tribes in the United States.
Practice paraphrasing, or putting another person's writing in your own words, with these cool paraphrasing worksheets. Kids read and paraphrase fun passages on science, history and more.
Odysseus and Cyclops
Sports Cause and Effect
Predict: First and Next #2
Cupid and Psyche
Context Counts!
Theseus and the Minotaur
Predict: First and Next
All About Brazil: Natural Resources Worksheet
Adjective Detectives
Danny Boy: Irish Folk Song
Rhyme Map
Reading comprehension skills are an essential building block for academic success. Whether your child is just beginning to read or is already an advanced reader, we have printable reading comprehension worksheets containing folktales, modern stories, nonfiction, and more. For more reading resources, check out our full collection of reading worksheets.

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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