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Use our free, printable reading comprehension passage exercises to improve your student's reading skills! Recognizing letters and words is an important first step in learning to read. However, it is only a first step; it is vital that students comprehend, or understand, what they are reading. They must be able to get the meaning of the text: What is the author telling the reader? This is reading comprehension, and it is an essential skill for success in school and in the real world. Below are our reading comprehension worksheets grouped by grade, that include passages and related questions. Click on the title to view the printable activities in each grade range, or to read the details of each worksheet. They are free for use in the home or in the classroom. Be sure to check out our spelling words activities too!
1st Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets
This 36 week first grade worksheet program for reading comprehension provides grade-appropriate passages and related questions, and can be used for other grades as appropriate.
2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets
This 36 week second grade worksheet program for reading comprehension provides passages and questions that are grade appropriate, but can be used with additional grades.
3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets
The 36 week third grade worksheet program for reading comprehension that we’ve organized here provides reading passages and activities designed for 3rd grade but can be used for other grades.
4th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets
The 36 week fourth grade comprehension program that is included here provides reading passages and questions that are grade appropriate, but can be used with additional grades.
5th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets
The 36 week fifth grade comprehension program provides passages and related questions that are grade appropriate, but can be used with additional grades.
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Here are some very basic passages for students in kindergarten. Each passage is accompanied by several simple reading comprehension questions.
This page has reading comprehension passages for students reading at a first-grade level. Each one includes a page of simple comprehension questions, and many include a vocabulary activity and writing prompt.
Here is a collection of articles and stories written for students at a second-grade reading level. Each worksheet includes questions to help test your students' understanding of the material.
Check out our fiction stories, poems, and nonfiction articles written for students reading at a third-grade level. Each passage is accompanied by reading comprehension questions.
Whether you're looking for nonfiction animal articles, biographies on important historical figures, or fun fiction stories, this page has your fourth-grade reading comprehension needs covered.
We have a large collection of fifth-grade fiction passages, nonfiction articles, and poems. Worksheets include reading comprehension questions to test readers' understanding of the text.
Here you can access our wide variety of biographical articles, nonfiction articles, and poems specifically written for sixth graders.
Take a look at our middle school reading comprehension worksheets, designed specifically for those reading at a seventh-grade level or beyond.
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Reading comprehension is not only being able to communicate what is written on the page, but also understanding it and making sense of it. Reading is accepted as one the key skills for adults to be productive in society. The interesting fact is less than half of middle school students are reading at grade level in American schools. This easily translates to our workforce as a recent survey proved by the National Endowment for the Arts. U.S. employers cited reading and writing to be the weakest skills of their employees. Reading has been seen to help prevent Alzheimer's disease. A study of over 1,000 showed avid readers to be 2.5 times less likely to suffer from the disease. Reading helps you learn things that you never imagined before. It is the fundamental method for passing on knowledge.
There are a number of things we can do to improve our reading comprehension. When reading we should try to focus on reading content that we like, and we should read aloud as often as we can. Reading aloud has been shown to improve cognitive ability. If you run into a section of a reading passage that trips you up consider re-reading it. When you come across a word that you are not familiar with, write it down and look it up later. You will be much more likely to understand that word the next time you see it. When you finish reading make sure to write down any questions that you might have. In our reading comprehension worksheet section you find varying grade levels of reading worksheets that also come with multiple choice, free response, or essay questions. Sorry, but we can't provide you with word for word answers, since all the worksheets are either essays or free response. Just simple explanations will do there.
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At this level students are working on discriminating words and sounds. We concentrate a great deal on letters and the sounds that they make. The absolute for teachers at this level has to be on making it money and getting in as much repetition as you can.
Grade 1 Reading Comprehension
We are just focused on recognizing general themes at this point. Students should focus on building words properly in their mind as they read.
Grade 2 Reading Comprehension
This is where we start to ask students real questions from page long passages. Being an avid reader is only one of the components of helping your comprehension. Constructing a mental picture in your mind as you read is a helpful activity.
Grade 3 Reading Comprehension
At this point students have a deeper vocabulary and we can ask them to begin to infer contextual meaning to a small degree. They can use those words in their own body of work, while writing, and recognize their use in the works of others.
Grade 4 Reading Comprehension
This is usually when the major national assessments start to appear. We expect readers to be able to make sense of text in a wide variety of settings. We would highly recommend daily work with extended passages for students.
Grade 5 Reading Comprehension
The work we have seen come out of most states and provinces has been focused on nonfiction for this level. This has been documented by a number of curriculum committees from the literature that I have seen, so I would not expect that trend to continue much longer.
Grade 6 Comprehension Worksheets
Students begin to read lengthy works and start to work on their reading endurance. We highly encourage teacher at this level to include some form of daily independent reading activity in their routines. This will pay you back ten-fold, if you can maintain a productive environment for students.
Middle School Reading Worksheets
We find at this level that there is a clear divide between those students that are struggling to keep the head above water and those that cruising right along. It usually comes down to vocabulary words. Those that have a low vocabulary index often have a weaker ability to comprehend. This series is really broad and is meant for extra practice for students in the grade range.
Grade 7 Worksheets
Things start to become much more content based as students approach high school. This is usually when most parents provide their children with mobile phones to stay in contact and keep tabs on their more independent children. We encourage you to minimize this distraction when students are reading.
Grade 8 Reading Worksheets
At this level we start to really encourage students to take notes as they read. This will help them to remember what they take in and using outlines can help a great deal as well. Creating a reader's nook in your classroom can also enhance their affinity towards putting the time in on the books.
Grade 9 Reading Comprehension Worksheets
We highly encourage students to discuss what they read to find hidden meanings that they may have missed. At this level we encourage teachers to share the books that they are reading independent with students. If you can try to pick works that are targeted for your lower level students, you might just engage them more.
Grade 10 Worksheets
This is where students start to begin reading classic literature and see new forms of language they have not seen until now. We encourage you to start setting monthly goals for your students. Students at this level are starting to prepare for college admissions to some extent and broadening their horizons should be your focus.
Grade 11 Worksheets
This is where students are urged to begin sharing their opinions of works. This helps them critically analyze text at a heightened level. This is where we want our students to be more reflective of their own skills. At this age they are well aware of what they do well and what they grapple with. Helping them learn to concentrate their efforts on the latter can pay a lifetime of benefits.
Grade 12 Worksheets
Students begin to prepare for college course work and take on much more difficult levels of thought. Show students how to keep a vocabulary log. This is where they encounter any word, they are uncertain of in a journal. Reviewing these words constantly can have huge dividends as they enter their college years.
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We created this as a miscellaneous reading section for students of all levels. It is great to help them transition to writing about what they read. You should have them try to determine the plot of the story just from the title. When they complete the work, they should compare their original thoughts with what they learned after completing the work. Have them write their own questions that were not part of the worksheet.
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Strategies to Improve Your Reading Comprehension
If you want to get the most out of what you read, whether you're pursuing your favorite hobby or improving yourself in school, it's essential to improve your reading comprehension skills. However, improving these skills can seem like an insurmountable task if you don't know where to start. The good news is that there are many strategies you can use to read more effectively and improve your understanding of what you read, no matter what type of material it is.
Here are 5 ways you can use to improve your ability to comprehend what you read.
1. Read With a Pen
It may seem ridiculous, but it works. Whenever you come across a word you don't know, circle it and keep going. When you're done reading, go back and look up each of those words in your dictionary or online.
Keeping that pen in hand forces you to process what you're reading and lets you naturally improve your vocabulary. You can even try highlighting or underlining certain lines as an alternative if writing with a pen isn't your thing.
2. Use the Skim and Scan Approach
Skim for facts, scan for ideas.
Our brains need time to process new information to fully understand what we read. Most of us read at a pace between 200 and 300 words per minute. But you can often digest a document better by reading it at 50 percent or even 25 percent of that speed—as long as you're skimming and scanning with purpose.
Skimming allows your brain to get familiar with what you're taking in through eyes so that when you go back through and start actually processing it, it's easier to absorb the information.
3. Take Notes
Read and write.
When our brain is tied up processing new information, it doesn't have any resources left over to create long-term memories. It also helps reduce distractions (you won't be looking at social media) and encourages deeper thinking (you have to remember what you read). So, every time we come across something important or interesting—whether it's a fact, an opinion, or just a snippet of dialogue—jot it down.
4. Understand Your Purpose
When you read, first decide why you're putting time into it: is it for information, amusement or reference?
Knowing your purpose helps get you in reading mode. A good place to start with a few simple paragraphs at a time and summarizing what you've just read in your head before moving on. This approach helps understand where sentences are going and makes connecting ideas much easier. When our brains automatically do cognitive work—like summarize—we remember more of what we read.
5. Practice Exercises
Practice makes a man perfect!
This can be accomplished in different ways. One way is to create flashcards and quiz yourself, and another is simply reading a large quantity of material. The key here is to push yourself harder than you usually do.
Set aside an hour or two each day for reading comprehension work and make sure it counts. Just skimming over something won't improve your skills very much at all. Instead, focus on your ability to pick out important details from what you read. If there are words or concepts that you don't understand, look them up in a dictionary or online and add them to your vocabulary list (or ask someone about them). Another thing you can do is try using context clues when trying to figure out difficult words.
The key to improving your reading comprehension lies in leveraging your inherent ability and some smart techniques. The best way is to read! In fact, read anything you can get your hands on. But also, try using some of our tips next time you find yourself with a page or screen in front of you and want something more out of it than just text or data.
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Reading Comprehension, with five Wh-questions for each
- October 14, 2021 March 20, 2022
A reading comprehension activity that contains 30 different stories, with five Wh-Questions for each.
“Comprehension adds meaning to what is read,” defined by aces.edu.
They said that reading comprehension occurs when words on a page are not just mere words but thoughts and ideas. Comprehension makes reading enjoyable, fun, and informative . It is needed to succeed in school, work, and life in general.
With the five Wh-questions for each story, it is most definitely an enjoyable and informative activity for the learners.
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Dive into the enchanting world of Halloween with our Wh-Questions Comprehension Pack! Perfect for educators and parents, this resource is designed to spark the imaginations of young learners while enhancing their reading comprehension skills. With six engaging passages centered around the magical essence of Halloween , this pack offers an exciting and educational way for students to explore the festival's themes.
The first three passages include Wh-Multiple-Choice Questions, allowing students to test their understanding of the stories and practice their comprehension skills in an interactive way. The last three passages feature Wh-Question and Answer sections, encouraging students to delve deeper into the stories and express their thoughts about the Halloween adventures using their own words.
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How to Use Questioning to Boost Reading Comprehension
Comprehension is key to your students’ reading success—if they can’t make meaning from the stories and texts they read, they’ll have difficulty with reading both inside and outside the classroom.
One way teachers can help? Using questioning to build comprehension can help students think about what they’re reading and focus on what they are to learn from a passage or story. As a teacher, you can use specific questioning strategies to guide your students in developing a greater understanding of the story and the language used within it.
Try the following question-based strategies—adapted from from Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, OWL LD, and Dyscalculia, Second Edition , by Virginia W. Berninger & Beverly J. Wolf—to facilitate reading comprehension in your classroom. (These strategies can be used with all students, with and without learning disabilities such as dyslexia.)
Ask your students to:
Read an introduction to the story first. Have student answer purpose-setting questions such as “Where does the story begin? “What kind of story is this? Why do you think so?”
Predict outcomes in the story. Before reading, ask “What will happen? Why do you think it will happen that way?”
Identify “who?” or “what?” As the story is read, ask students to identify nouns or noun phrases, which are marked by articles or determiners identify the individual. Noun phrases that include adjectives such as the little brown dog describe. Noun phrases may also give details about number of something (e.g., The seven towering hills )
Identify “where?” or “when?” Remind students that a prepositional phrase gives important information such as where something is located (e.g., under the umbrella ) or when something occurs (e.g., after lunch )
Find adjectives and adjective phrases that describe things in the story (e.g., smooth and slippery )
Find verb or action phrases used in the story (e.g., was sliding, had eaten )
Demonstrate an understanding of how suffixes change or shade meanings by past, present, future time, possessive, number, gender, and so forth (“What suffix tells us ‘how’? “What suffix tells us something happened in the past?”).
Clarify the use and meaning of pronouns. For example, ask “To what does it refer?” “Who is she? ”
Demonstrate their understanding of punctuation and the ways it gives meaning in a sentence—including dashes, commas, quotation marks, and others. Ask them, “Why does this sentence end with an exclamation mark?” and “What mark shows that this is additional information?”
Locate precise vocabulary that gives inferential information . Ask students questions like, “What word in the sentence tells how the character feels?” “Which words tell exactly where the gold was hidden?”)
Summarize the story. After reading, ask “Who were the characters?” “What was the plot?” “What was the outcome?” “What was the main idea?” “What were the supporting details?”
Use these effective questioning strategies to boost your students’ comprehension skills—and help give them the foundation they need to understand the texts they read inside and outside of school.
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