Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Printables

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Find the Main Idea: Native American Foods
Find the Main Idea: Native American Foods
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Find the Main Idea: Native American Foods
Children will discover more about the culinary history of early Americans as they practice practice identifying the main idea and supporting details.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Amelia Earhart Biography
Amelia Earhart Biography
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Amelia Earhart Biography
Children are introduced to the life and accomplishments of aeronautics pioneer Amelia Earhart in this fascinating worksheet.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Tracking Character Traits
Tracking Character Traits
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Tracking Character Traits
With this reading exercise, students will identify a character’s traits and provide evidence from the text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inference Task Cards
Inference Task Cards
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Inference Task Cards
Use these task cards with your students to practice reading short passages and making inferences about character, setting, and plot.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Reader’s Theater: The Snowman’s Day to Play
Reader’s Theater: The Snowman’s Day to Play
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Reader’s Theater: The Snowman’s Day to Play
Use this winter-themed Reader’s Theater script to engage your readers as they practice reading fluently. Then challenge them with reading comprehension questions about the characters and events.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Cause and Effect for Kids
Cause and Effect for Kids
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Cause and Effect for Kids
Build comprehension skills with this reading page on cause and effect for kids.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Understanding Cause and Effect: The Life of Anne Frank
Understanding Cause and Effect: The Life of Anne Frank
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Understanding Cause and Effect: The Life of Anne Frank
In this worksheet, students will read about Anne Frank, then complete a chart identifying cause and effect.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Dr. Dolittle
Reading Comprehension: Dr. Dolittle
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Reading Comprehension: Dr. Dolittle
Young readers can build their comprehension skills as they read this passage from a children's classic, "The Story of Dr. Dolittle."
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Dracula
Dracula
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Dracula
Children revisit Bram Stoker's classic Dracula novel from the perspective of two other characters in this creative writing exercise.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
All About Leafcutter Ants
All About Leafcutter Ants
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All About Leafcutter Ants
Help your students practice their informational reading skills as they learn about leafcutter ants!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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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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Hot Cross Buns: Read to Remember
Hot Cross Buns: Read to Remember
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Hot Cross Buns: Read to Remember
After reading a short story, your students will practice writing a simple summary.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare and Contrast Fictional Stories: First Day at the New School
Compare and Contrast Fictional Stories: First Day at the New School
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Compare and Contrast Fictional Stories: First Day at the New School
In this exercise, your students will compare and contrast two fictional stories with the same characters.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad
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The Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad helped thousands of enslaved Americans find freedom. In this worksheet, your student will learn about this historic network.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Dialogue and Actions to Show Character Traits
Dialogue and Actions to Show Character Traits
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Dialogue and Actions to Show Character Traits
Analyzing what a character says and does in a story can help determine their personality or character traits. This resource gives students practice in harnessing this important reading comprehension skill.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Garden Power: Predictions
Garden Power: Predictions
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Garden Power: Predictions
Get ready to make predictions! Students read a short text independently, then draw and write about what they think will happen next.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare & Contrast Themes
Compare & Contrast Themes
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Compare & Contrast Themes
Get your students thinking about themes as they compare and contrast two different picture books of their choice.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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 Fable & Folktale Story Map
Fable & Folktale Story Map
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Fable & Folktale Story Map
Use this handy story map to help students organize the events and lessons in the fables and folktales they read.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Missing the Main Topic: Sea Turtles
Missing the Main Topic: Sea Turtles
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Missing the Main Topic: Sea Turtles
Help your kindergarten students identify the main topic and key ideas in nonfiction texts using this fun sea turtle-themed worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
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Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
Ideal for fourth and fifth graders, this worksheet includes figurative language examples and definitions on the first page, and a second full page of questions and tasks that can be used to check for understanding.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Comprehension: The Soccer Sprain
Reading Comprehension: The Soccer Sprain
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Reading Comprehension: The Soccer Sprain
After your students finish reading this story about Leo and how he overcomes his soccer injury, they will answer who, what, when, where, why, and how questions about the text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Little Red Hen
The Little Red Hen
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The Little Red Hen
Read this classic children's story — then stage a stick puppet performance of it!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Evaluating Character Traits: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Evaluating Character Traits: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
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Evaluating Character Traits: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Children read a classic fable with an eye toward character analysis in this reading comprehension worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Close Reading Annotations
Close Reading Annotations
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Close Reading Annotations
Use this chocolate-themed exercise to introduce your students to close reading with annotations.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Grandpa's Boat
Grandpa's Boat
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Grandpa's Boat
What will you be doing on Saturday? Jamie will be on a fishing boat with her grandpa. Read all about her grandpa's boat and then answer the questions.
2nd 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.