Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Printables

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Find the Main Idea: Shark
Find the Main Idea: Shark
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Find the Main Idea: Shark
Kids will learn about sharks as they read this short and informative worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Secret Garden: Reading Comprehension
The Secret Garden: Reading Comprehension
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The Secret Garden: Reading Comprehension
Explore "The Secret Garden" with this reading comprehension worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs
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The Three Little Pigs
Read this charmingly illustrated story of "The Three Little Pigs" then use the finger puppets to retell it!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Idea Multiple Choice
Main Idea Multiple Choice
Worksheet
Main Idea Multiple Choice
Readers practice identifying the main idea in works of nonfiction in this two-page reading comprehension worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
This main idea worksheet guides your child through reading comprehension practice. Download today to get started!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading for Comprehension: Following Directions
Reading for Comprehension: Following Directions
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Reading for Comprehension: Following Directions
Help your third grader practice following directions on how to build a tornado in a bottle, and build his reading comprehension skills in the process.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Put the Story Sequence in Order
Put the Story Sequence in Order
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Put the Story Sequence in Order
Story sequencing will allow third graders to improve their reading comprehension by putting the sequence of events in the correct order.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: The Serpent and the Eagle
Reading Comprehension: The Serpent and the Eagle
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Reading Comprehension: The Serpent and the Eagle
Strengthen your students' reading comprehension skills with the fable, The Serpent and the Eagle.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Idea: Working Dogs
Main Idea: Working Dogs
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Main Idea: Working Dogs
Children will be inspired by the many ways dogs help their human companions in this nonfiction reading comprehension worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Comparing Two Stories
Comparing Two Stories
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Comparing Two Stories
Use this resource for your students to practice reading and comparing the story elements of two fiction texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
All About Plastic
All About Plastic
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All About Plastic
In this worksheet, children discover what plastic is, how it is manufactured, as well as its history and about attempts to reduce plastic waste.
3rd grade
Science
Worksheet
All About Frankenstein
All About Frankenstein
Worksheet
All About Frankenstein
This Frankenstein worksheet is great for teaching kids about classic literature near Halloween. Use this Frankenstein worksheet with your child this October.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Story Comprehension: Drawing Conclusions
Story Comprehension: Drawing Conclusions
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Story Comprehension: Drawing Conclusions
Help your beginning reader boost her reading comprehension by figuring out what happened next in three different story lines.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Fox and the Crow
The Fox and the Crow
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The Fox and the Crow
Stories are a fantastic way to teach kids important life lessons. This reading comprehension worksheet uses the classic Aesop’s fable—The Fox and the Crow—to get your students thinking about the central lesson of a story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Short Stories
Compare and Contrast: Short Stories
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Compare and Contrast: Short Stories
Your students will read two short stories, then compare and contrast the characters, problems, solutions, and themes with the help of a graphic organizer.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Crab that Played with the Sea
The Crab that Played with the Sea
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The Crab that Played with the Sea
Introduce your little reader to some classic childhood literature, with Rudyard Kipling's charming story "The Crab That Played with the Sea."
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading for Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Reading for Comprehension: Cause and Effect
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Reading for Comprehension: Cause and Effect
This cause and effect worksheet opens your child up to improved critical thinking abilities. Use this cause and effect worksheet to focus on story structure.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Rikki-tikki-tavi
Reading Comprehension: Rikki-tikki-tavi
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Reading Comprehension: Rikki-tikki-tavi
Meet the curious mongoose Rikki-tikki-tavi in this sixth-grade reading comprehension worksheet adapted from the classic Rudyard Kipling tale.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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What Happened Next?
What Happened Next?
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What Happened Next?
Play author with this creative writing and comprehension exercise! Your child will learn all about inference, or drawing conclusions based on what they've read.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Identify the Author's Purpose
Identify the Author's Purpose
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Identify the Author's Purpose
Authors persuade, inform, and entertain through various types of writing! Students set out to identify the author’s purpose.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Between the Lines
Reading Between the Lines
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Reading Between the Lines
Students will make inferences about the various scenes included in this reading exercise.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About the Ocean
Learning About the Ocean
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Learning About the Ocean
Learners will practice identifying the main idea and supporting in works of nonfiction texts as they learn about the ocean.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
History of Hip Hop Music
History of Hip Hop Music
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History of Hip Hop Music
Celebrate Black History Month by learning about soul music and the history of African-Americans in pop music, all in this Hip-Hop Music worksheet!
4th grade
Fine arts
Worksheet
Chocolate: A Short and Sweet History
Chocolate: A Short and Sweet History
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Chocolate: A Short and Sweet History
In this fascinating worksheet, children learn about the history of chocolate, from its ancient ceremonial use to the invention of the chocolate candy bar.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Text Dependent Questions for Independent Reading
Text Dependent Questions for Independent Reading
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Text Dependent Questions for Independent Reading
Text dependent questions are reading comprehension questions that can only be answered by referring to the text. Students have to read the text closely and use inferential thinking to determine the answer. Use this list of text dependent questions for you
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Printables

After learning how to read, the path to literacy continues with being able to understand and articulate what it is we read. Developing this vital skill is the primary focus of our reading comprehension worksheets. In addition to compelling fiction stories, including some popular children’s fables, students of all ages will find reading comprehension worksheets that reinforce a slew of literary skills, including identifying themes, story structure, cause and effect, and the difference between similes and metaphors (and how to use them).

Reading Comprehension Worksheets to Foster Enthusiastic and Fluent Readers

There’s nothing more enjoyable than to see a kid race to a bookshelf, grab a book and sit down and read it from cover to cover. But there’s so much more that goes into reading proficiency than just the act of reading itself. For example, expanding vocabulary and understanding all the various literary techniques are critical components to developing a well-rounded reader.

Our reading comprehension worksheets guide young students along the years-long journey to becoming competent and confident readers (and, by extension, writers). Starting with childhood fairytales and continuing all the way to lengthy nonfiction texts that are required reading for older students, students in all grade levels will find our reading comprehension worksheets to be as enjoyable as they are helpful. Additionally, as they move from grade to grade, students can access worksheets that strengthen such concepts as story sequencing, character development, inferencing, point of view, and comparing and contrasting.

Reading proficiency varies from child to child, so be sure to select worksheets that align with each student’s reading level. Challenge them, but don’t overwhelm them.