Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Printables

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History of the American Flag
History of the American Flag
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History of the American Flag
Learners will get to know the history of the American flag in this social studies worksheet.
3rd grade
Social studies
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Invasive Species
Informational Reading Comprehension: Invasive Species
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Invasive Species
Learn about invasive species—non-native species that cause harm to native ecosystems—with this informational reading comprehension worksheet!
8th grade
Reading & Writing
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Short and Sweet Summaries
Short and Sweet Summaries
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Short and Sweet Summaries
Children learn to use the "Somebody Wanted But So Then" method to write a short summary in this literacy worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Inferences With Pictures
Making Inferences With Pictures
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Making Inferences With Pictures
In this worksheet, learners will refer to illustrations to make inferences about which of two lines of text is true.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood
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Little Red Riding Hood
Do you remember the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Sit down for story-time with your little reader, and put these mixed-up scenes back in order!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Story Rollercoaster
Story Rollercoaster
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Story Rollercoaster
Use this fun story rollercoaster template to help young readers understand the different elements of a story. After students have finished their story, have them consider these who, what, where, why, and how questions as they relate to the plot.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Literary Essay Graphic Organizer
Literary Essay Graphic Organizer
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Literary Essay Graphic Organizer
Help your fourth graders organize the structure of their literary essays with this graphic organizer.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Informational Reading Comprehension: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Give your students experience with reading and analyzing primary sources with this powerful excerpt from the memoir of Frederick Douglass.
8th grade
Reading & Writing
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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
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Nonfiction Text Structures #2: Cause and Effect
Nonfiction Text Structures #2: Cause and Effect
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Nonfiction Text Structures #2: Cause and Effect
In this worksheet, children will learn to identify signal words and visuals that writers use when describing cause and effect.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What is Soil?
What is Soil?
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What is Soil?
Dig your hands into some earth science with this soil sheet! Your little scientist can hone his reading skills as he learns what soil is and how it is formed.
2nd grade
Science
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Story Comprehension: What's in a Story?
Story Comprehension: What's in a Story?
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Story Comprehension: What's in a Story?
Story webs organize a story into one main idea and several details. Help your second grader read the story, then analyze it using the story web.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Lion and the Mouse Fable
The Lion and the Mouse Fable
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The Lion and the Mouse Fable
Want to help your young readers learn to discern the central message or lesson of fictional stories? Have your students read this short version of the classic fable of the "Lion and the Mouse" by Aesop to practice determining the moral.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Comprehension: The Secret Garden
Reading Comprehension: The Secret Garden
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Reading Comprehension: The Secret Garden
Your little reader is sure to enjoy this selection from the children's classic, "The Secret Garden." She'll build her vocabulary and reading skills.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare the Fairy Tales
Compare the Fairy Tales
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Compare the Fairy Tales
Many folk tales share similarities, but are also very different. Can you find the similarities and differences between these two stories?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Plymouth Colony
Plymouth Colony
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Plymouth Colony
Get ready for Thanksgiving with this worksheet about Plymouth Colony, the Pilgrims' first home in America.
4th grade
Social studies
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The Veteran Cathay Williams: Differentiated Text
The Veteran Cathay Williams: Differentiated Text
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The Veteran Cathay Williams: Differentiated Text
In the worksheet, The Veteran Cathay Williams: Differentiated Text, learners will read about a female veteran who helped pave the way for females to serve in the military. Cathay Williams was the only woman Buffalo Soldier. For a more challenging text, ch
3rd grade
Social studies
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Reading Response Journal
Reading Response Journal
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Reading Response Journal
Young readers respond to the books they have completed with this versatile worksheet template. 
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Author's Purpose
Author's Purpose
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Author's Purpose
All authors write for a reason, be it to explain, entertain, or persuade their readers. In this activity, your students will consider the author’s purpose of a book of their choosing, then justify their answer.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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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
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Azulejos: A Tradition of Portugal
Informational Reading Comprehension: Azulejos: A Tradition of Portugal
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Azulejos: A Tradition of Portugal
Students practice informational reading comprehension skills while learning all about the national artistic tradition of azulejo tiles!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Weird, Wild Weather: Lightning
Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Weird, Wild Weather: Lightning
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Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Weird, Wild Weather: Lightning
Introduce students to some wild and weird types of lightning with this fascinating reading comprehension worksheet!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare and Contrast: Platypus
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
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Compare and Contrast: Platypus
In this worksheet, students will read two different passages about the platypus. Kids will compare and contrast the passages, and identify the main ideas.
2nd grade
Science
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Children will read an excerpt from Stevenson's book, then respond to a reading comprehension and a creative writing prompt.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Artistic Swimming: One Tough Sport
Informational Reading Comprehension: Artistic Swimming: One Tough Sport
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Artistic Swimming: One Tough Sport
Get your feet wet with this one-page reading comprehension worksheet on the challenging sport of artistic swimming!
7th grade
Reading & Writing
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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.