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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Chapter Summary Chapter Summary Here's a chapter summary guide where your child can jot down the characters in a chapter, his favorite character and even predict what will happen next.
Compare and Contrast: Platypus Compare and Contrast: Platypus In this compare and contrast worksheet, students will read two different passages about the platypus.
Vocabulary Practice Test Vocabulary Practice Test Help your first grader prepare for her next spelling test with a vocabulary practice test.
Pictures Have a Lot to Say Pictures Have a Lot to Say These pictures have a lot to say! The animals in this worksheet don't talkÃbut they can tell you a lot about what they're like by the way they look.
Prefixes: Negative Nancy Prefixes: Negative Nancy That Nancy! She's always so negative!
Fact or Opinion: The Basking Shark and More Fact or Opinion: The Basking Shark and More Help your child learn about facts versus opinions in this animal-themed worksheet!
First, Second, Third: A Baking Challenge First, Second, Third: A Baking Challenge What's the secret to making the perfect cupcake?
Frontiersman Character Traits Frontiersman Character Traits Inspiration is a blank canvas! All we know about this man is he's wearing a frontiersman hat, so let your child develop a set of character traits for him.
'Dear Dracula' "Dear Dracula" Imagine if Count Dracula had an advice column!
Baba Yaga Baba Yaga What would happen if Baba Yaga had a hoarding intervention?
La Llorona La Llorona What would happen if La Llorona went to anger management?
Neroli Fairhall Neroli Fairhall Learn about the history of archery with a famous Olympian: Neroli Fairhall!
Story Comprehension: Drawing Conclusions Story Comprehension: Drawing Conclusions Help your beginning reader boost her reading comprehension by figuring out what happened next in three different story lines.
Character Trading Card Character Trading Card Why do athletes get their own cards but not book characters?
Magical Story Creation Magical Story Creation This spooky fortune teller needs some help entertaining his turtle visitor with a creative story!
Fairy Tale Match-Up: Setting Fairy Tale Match-Up: Setting Introduce your child to early comprehension concepts with this activity.
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.