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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Our world's greatest minds have discovered some very cool stuff, this series of reading comprehension worksheets on prominent scientists will have young readers delving into their discoveries. Students will get a great reading comprehension workout and gain valuable insight through which they'll be able to place more recent scientific developments into historical context.  Both male and female scientists are represented.
Jellyfish Facts
Piranha Facts
Disaster Preparedness
The Crab that Played with the Sea
The Underground Railroad
Idioms: A Figure of Speech
Get Your Green On: Learning Colors
American Sign Language is a fantastic language for children to acquire. This series of worksheets can help kids learn American Sign Language alphabet and give them practice with decoding phrases and quotes. As kids grow to practice their sign language alphabet here are more sign language worksheets you can work on together.
Photo Bookmarks
Riddle Me This 1
All About Mark Twain
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Young readers will love digging into these great passages on the fascinating creatures living under the sea, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process. What do they remember from the reading? In what paragraph did that information show up? Answering these questions challenges young readers to read actively and create a mental map of the passage as they go.
Arlen Tells the Truth
1896 Olympics
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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