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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Context Clues Worksheet: Word Mystery Context Clues Worksheet: Word Mystery When you reach a word you don't recognize when reading, what do you do?
Michael Phelps Michael Phelps Michael Phelps swam his way to success, as your young student will find out in this biography worksheet on one of the greatest swimmers in the world.
Famous Olympic Athletes: Mary Lou Retton Famous Olympic Athletes: Mary Lou Retton Mary Lou Retton tumbled into America's heart in the 1988 Olympics.
Hot Lava! What Happens Next? Hot Lava! What Happens Next? This worksheet will help your child with ordering events in a sequence.
Facts vs. Opinions Facts vs. Opinions Learn about facts vs. opinions in this reading comprehension worksheet.
Jesse Owens Jesse Owens Jesse Owens' successes in the 1938 Olympics made history and paved the way for African-Americans in sports and other fields.
Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe Gearing up for the London Olympcis? Have your student read up on Jim Thorpe, an Olympian who is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, and boost his reading skills at the same time.
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe Enjoy The Raven by Edgar Allan poe in a whole new way with this printable mini-book version
Florence Griffith-Joyner Florence Griffith-Joyner If your child has energy to spare, give her this inspirational worksheet about the famous "Flo-Jo" and develop her comprehension skills with an exercise.
Casey at the Bat Casey at the Bat Read a famous narrative poem, "Casey at the Bat," and practice reading comprehension skills at the same time in this printable mini-book worksheet.
Famous Short Stories: The Celebrated Jumping Frog Famous Short Stories: The Celebrated Jumping Frog Get acquainted with a famous short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
Sandy Koufax Biography Sandy Koufax Biography Learn about Jewish-American baseball player Sandy Koufax, a baseball legend who's considered one of the greatest Jewish-American athletes in history.
Women in History: Sacagawea Women in History: Sacagawea Explore history with famous female navigator Sacagawea.
What Are the Two Main Parts of a Sentence? What Are the Two Main Parts of a Sentence? What are the two main parts of a sentence? This worksheet focuses on the strategy of identifying complete sentences.
Women in History: Eleanor Roosevelt Women in History: Eleanor Roosevelt History students can learn all the first modern first lady in this biography worksheet, and can develop their reading comprehension skills as well.
Little Red Riding Hood Finger Puppets Little Red Riding Hood Finger Puppets Capture the excitement of Little Red Riding Hood with these four finger puppets.
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.