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 that can supplement what he is learning in school with folktales, modern stories, nonfiction, and more.
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Context Clues: Word Sleuth Context Clues: Word Sleuth This third grade reading worksheet offers practice using context clues to determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word in a sentence.
Women in History: Queen Victoria Women in History: Queen Victoria Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire for 63 important years.
Dorothea Lange and the FSA Photographers Dorothea Lange and the FSA Photographers Take some time this March to learn about Dorothea Lange and other female FSA photographers who created some of the most famous photographs ever taken.
Women in History: Pocahontas Women in History: Pocahontas Pocahontas was a heroine to the settlers of Jamestown, Virginia.
American Revolution: The Philadelphia Campaign American Revolution: The Philadelphia Campaign The Philadelphia Campaign was a year of battles with the Americans at Valley Forge.
Women in History: Annie Oakley Women in History: Annie Oakley Annie Oakley was the superstar of the wild west!
Women in History: Mary, Queen of Scots Women in History: Mary, Queen of Scots Mary, Queen of Scots, was a fascinating woman in history.
Something's Not Right! Something's Not Right! Daisy Daytime, our hero of the day, is confused!
A Normal Nighttime A Normal Nighttime What do you do on the average evening? Challenge your sleepy-head to identify all of the nighttime activities he might do before finally hitting the sack.
Story of Hanukkah for Children Story of Hanukkah for Children This one page printable features the Hanukkah story for kids in a very short version.
Manatee Facts Manatee Facts Ancient mariners mistook the manatee for a mermaid!
Crossword Craze Crossword Craze Searching for a worksheet to help your second grader with her reading skills?
Loki Myths: Loki and the Builder Loki Myths: Loki and the Builder Here's a Loki myth to satisfy fans of this sneaky god: Loki and the Builder, where he tries to outwit an equally sneaky human.
The Battle of Fort Ticonderoga The Battle of Fort Ticonderoga Early in the American Revolution, the Patriots captured Fort Ticonderoga.
Grand Old Flag Grand Old Flag Get your child into the patriotic spirit with this fun song-based activity.
Dracula Dracula Put yourself in Dracula's shoes -- er, fangs -- and write from his perspective.
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 that can supplement what he is learning in school with folktales, modern stories, nonfiction, and more.

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.