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Fifth Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Grade 5 reading comprehension.
Use these free, printable worksheets to practice and improve reading comprehension. All worksheets are pdf files.
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Students really start coming into their own during the 5th grade. They are developing their personalities and identities. More importantly, they are developing their reading skills. This page ought to help with that. It has all of the worksheets that I've written at the 5th grade level. I used this great site to determine the readability scores of these worksheets, but you should read and approve each of them yourself for quality and appropriateness before giving them to your students. There are many different formulas that one can use to determine the readability score of a text, and the scores that they produce vary quite a bit. I'm using an average of five different scores for these texts. For a better selection of appropriate texts for your 5th grade students, I encourage you to allow texts written two grade levels above and below by clicking the button beneath this text.
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Reading | Nonfiction Reading Test - Yes, this is in fact a reading test about reading. You are reading that correctly. After students are done reading this, they can answer multiple-choice and extended-response questions on an assortment of reading skills. View my readibility scores . Reading | Nonfiction Reading Test | RTF Reading | Nonfiction Reading Test | PDF Reading | Nonfiction Reading Test | Preview Reading | Nonfiction Reading Test | Answers Reading | Nonfiction Reading Test | Ereading Worksheet
Carnivorous Plants | Nonfiction Reading Test - Plants are known for sitting still and providing oxygen. Yet, some plants are devious killers. Learn more about these cruel and beautiful specimens in this reading activity. Then answer Common Core aligned multiple-choice and long-response questions. View my readibility scores . Carnivorous Plants | Nonfiction Reading Test | RTF Carnivorous Plants | Nonfiction Reading Test | PDF Carnivorous Plants | Nonfiction Reading Test | Preview Carnivorous Plants | Nonfiction Reading Test | Answers Carnivorous Plants | Nonfiction Reading Test | Ereading Worksheet
Hyperinflation | Nonfiction Reading Test - Money is pretty important to most people, but what's it really worth? Learn about hyperinflation in Germany after World War I and answer multiple-choice and long-response questions about the passage. View my readibility scores . Hyperinflation | Nonfiction Reading Test | RTF Hyperinflation | Nonfiction Reading Test | PDF Hyperinflation | Nonfiction Reading Test | Preview Hyperinflation | Nonfiction Reading Test | Answers Hyperinflation | Nonfiction Reading Test | Ereading Worksheet
The Worst Game Ever? | Nonfiction Reading Test - E.T. for the Atari is widely considered one of the worst games ever. It was so bad that some people blame it for the video game crash in 1983. Learn about the story behind this unforgettable game, and answer multiple-choice and long-response questions. View my readibility scores . The Worst Game Ever? | Nonfiction Reading Test | RTF The Worst Game Ever? | Nonfiction Reading Test | PDF The Worst Game Ever? | Nonfiction Reading Test | Preview The Worst Game Ever? | Nonfiction Reading Test | Answers The Worst Game Ever? | Nonfiction Reading Test | Ereading Worksheet
Nutrition Facts Comprehension Activity - Students analyze the nutritional facts for four different products and answer multiple-choice questions about these items. This activity gives students practice working with functional texts. View my readibility scores . Nutrition Facts Comprehension Activity | RTF Nutrition Facts Comprehension Activity | PDF Nutrition Facts Comprehension Activity | Preview Nutrition Facts Comprehension Activity | Answers
“That Spot” | By Jack London - This is the funny story of two men who can't seem to get rid of a destructive sled dog. There are some great literary techniques in this story as well that may spur some constructive discussions. View my readibility scores . “That Spot” | By Jack London | RTF “That Spot” | By Jack London | PDF “That Spot” | By Jack London | Preview “That Spot” | By Jack London | Answers “That Spot” | By Jack London | Ereading Worksheet
- Author's Purpose Worksheets
Author's Purpose Worksheet 4 - This double-sided worksheet should help students review author's purpose. It has ten problems and requires students to explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Author's Purpose Worksheet 4 | RTF Author's Purpose Worksheet 4 | PDF Author's Purpose Worksheet 4 | Preview Author's Purpose Worksheet 4 | Answers
Author's Purpose Worksheet 5 - This worksheet has ten problems. Students read short text descriptions and determine the author's main purpose. Then they explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Author's Purpose Worksheet 5 | RTF Author's Purpose Worksheet 5 | PDF Author's Purpose Worksheet 5 | Preview Author's Purpose Worksheet 5 | Answers
Author's Purpose Quiz 1 - Here is a fifteen question multiple choice quiz about author's purpose. Students read descriptions of text and decide whether each was written to inform, persuade, or entertain. View my readibility scores . Author's Purpose Quiz 1 | RTF Author's Purpose Quiz 1 | PDF Author's Purpose Quiz 1 | Preview Author's Purpose Quiz 1 | Answers
- Characterization Worksheets
Characterization Worksheet 1 - Students read a short passage about a character. Students identify a character trait based on the character's actions. Then they explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Characterization Worksheet 1 | RTF Characterization Worksheet 1 | PDF Characterization Worksheet 1 | Preview Characterization Worksheet 1 | Answers
Characterization Worksheet 4 - Students will gain practice with characterizations by identifying character traits in ten short problems. Students will also explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Characterization Worksheet 4 | RTF Characterization Worksheet 4 | PDF Characterization Worksheet 4 | Preview Characterization Worksheet 4 | Answers
Character Types Worksheet 1 - Students read a short story about a young girl being bullied. Then they analyze the characters and determine their types (dynamic, static, etc.) Students must also explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Character Types Worksheet 1 | RTF Character Types Worksheet 1 | PDF Character Types Worksheet 1 | Preview Character Types Worksheet 1 | Answers
Character Types Worksheet 2 - Students read a short story about a man who is haunted by his decisions. Then they analyze the characters and determine their types (dynamic, static, flat, etc.) Students must also explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Character Types Worksheet 2 | RTF Character Types Worksheet 2 | PDF Character Types Worksheet 2 | Preview Character Types Worksheet 2 | Answers
Context Clues 1.1 - This worksheet has twelve context-rich sentence to give students practice with determining word meanings by using cross-sentence clues. View my readibility scores . Context Clues 1.1 | RTF Context Clues 1.1 | PDF Context Clues 1.1 | Preview Context Clues 1.1 | Answers
Context Clues 1.2 - This worksheet has twelve more context-rich sentences to give your students practice determining the meanings of challenging vocabulary words. View my readibility scores . Context Clues 1.2 | RTF Context Clues 1.2 | PDF Context Clues 1.2 | Preview Context Clues 1.2 | Answers
Context Clues 1.7 - This worksheet will challenge students' vocabulary skills with twelve more context clues problems. Read the sentences, determine the meanings of the bolded words based on how they are used, then explain your answer. View my readibility scores . Context Clues 1.7 | RTF Context Clues 1.7 | PDF Context Clues 1.7 | Preview Context Clues 1.7 | Answers
Fact and Opinion Worksheet 2 - This worksheet has 25 problems. Students read each statement, determine whether it is fact or opinion, and explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Fact and Opinion Worksheet 2 | RTF Fact and Opinion Worksheet 2 | PDF Fact and Opinion Worksheet 2 | Preview Fact and Opinion Worksheet 2 | Answers Fact and Opinion Worksheet 2 | Ereading Worksheet
Fact and Opinion Worksheet 3 - This worksheet has 25 sports themed statements. Students determine whether each is fact or opinion and explain whether each could or could not be proven. View my readibility scores . Fact and Opinion Worksheet 3 | RTF Fact and Opinion Worksheet 3 | PDF Fact and Opinion Worksheet 3 | Preview Fact and Opinion Worksheet 3 | Answers Fact and Opinion Worksheet 3 | Ereading Worksheet
Figurative Language Poem | "Sketch" - Students read a short poem by Carl Sandburg and then answer questions about figurative language and poetic techniques. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Poem | "Sketch" | RTF Figurative Language Poem | "Sketch" | PDF Figurative Language Poem | "Sketch" | Preview Figurative Language Poem | "Sketch" | Answers
Figurative Language Poem | "I Sing the Battle" - Students read Harry Kemp's poem about the consequences of war. Then they answer questions about figurative language and poetic techniques. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Poem | "I Sing the Battle" | RTF Figurative Language Poem | "I Sing the Battle" | PDF Figurative Language Poem | "I Sing the Battle" | Preview Figurative Language Poem | "I Sing the Battle" | Answers
Figurative Language Poem | "The Black Land" - The hero of this poem is a noble farmer who toils to feed the world. There are some clever uses of metaphor, personification, and simile in this text. Students read the poem and answer questions about figurative language and poetic techniques. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Poem | "The Black Land" | RTF Figurative Language Poem | "The Black Land" | PDF Figurative Language Poem | "The Black Land" | Preview Figurative Language Poem | "The Black Land" | Answers
Figurative Language Worksheet 1 - This worksheet contains ten examples of figurative language techniques. Students read each example, identify the technique, and explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Worksheet 1 | RTF Figurative Language Worksheet 1 | PDF Figurative Language Worksheet 1 | Preview Figurative Language Worksheet 1 | Answers Figurative Language Worksheet 1 | Ereading Worksheet
Figurative Language Worksheet 2 - This worksheet has another ten examples of figurative language techniques taken from classic poems. Students identify the technique being used and explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Worksheet 2 | RTF Figurative Language Worksheet 2 | PDF Figurative Language Worksheet 2 | Preview Figurative Language Worksheet 2 | Answers Figurative Language Worksheet 2 | Ereading Worksheet
Figurative Language Worksheet 4 - This worksheet has ten more examples of simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and personification taken from classic poetry. Students read each example, determine the technique, and explain their answers. This is a great way to practice figurative language skills for standardized tests. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Worksheet 4 | RTF Figurative Language Worksheet 4 | PDF Figurative Language Worksheet 4 | Preview Figurative Language Worksheet 4 | Answers Figurative Language Worksheet 4 | Ereading Worksheet
Figurative Language Worksheet 5 - This worksheet has another 10 examples of figurative language techniques from classic poems. Students read each example, determine the technique, and explain their answers. This worksheet is great for a warm-up, homework, or practice activity. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Worksheet 5 | RTF Figurative Language Worksheet 5 | PDF Figurative Language Worksheet 5 | Preview Figurative Language Worksheet 5 | Answers Figurative Language Worksheet 5 | Ereading Worksheet
Figurative Language Worksheet 8 - This four-sided worksheet has another 22 examples of figurative language techniques to give students the practice that they need. Students read each example, identify the figurative language technique, and explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Worksheet 8 | RTF Figurative Language Worksheet 8 | PDF Figurative Language Worksheet 8 | Preview Figurative Language Worksheet 8 | Answers Figurative Language Worksheet 8 | Ereading Worksheet
Figurative Language Quiz - This is a multiple-choice quiz with ten questions. Students read examples of figurative language taken from classic poems and attempt to determine each technique. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Quiz | RTF Figurative Language Quiz | PDF Figurative Language Quiz | Preview Figurative Language Quiz | Answers
Figurative Language Quiz 2 - This quiz can help quickly determine where students are with their figurative language skills. There are 10 examples of figurative language taken from classic poetry and 10 multiple-choice questions asking students which technique is being used. This might also make for good practice or warm-up activity. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Quiz 2 | RTF Figurative Language Quiz 2 | PDF Figurative Language Quiz 2 | Preview Figurative Language Quiz 2 | Answers
Idiom Worksheet 3 - This worksheet has fifteen idioms used in context-rich sentences. Students must determine the meaning of each idiom based on how it used. View my readibility scores . Idiom Worksheet 3 | RTF Idiom Worksheet 3 | PDF Idiom Worksheet 3 | Preview Idiom Worksheet 3 | Answers
Poetic Devices Worksheet 1 - This worksheet has ten poetry snippets that are rich with poetic devices: alliteration, consonance, onomatopoeia, repetition, rhyme, and rhythm. Students must identify which techniques are being used in each question and then explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Poetic Devices Worksheet 1 | RTF Poetic Devices Worksheet 1 | PDF Poetic Devices Worksheet 1 | Preview Poetic Devices Worksheet 1 | Answers
Personification Worksheet 3 - This worksheet has 10 original examples of personification. Students determine what is being personified in each example. Then they explain the human quality or characteristic that is being given to the object or idea. View my readibility scores . Personification Worksheet 3 | RTF Personification Worksheet 3 | PDF Personification Worksheet 3 | Preview Personification Worksheet 3 | Answers
Personification Worksheet 8 - This worksheet has 10 more poetic examples of personification. Students read the examples, determine what is being personified, and explain which human ability or trait is given. View my readibility scores . Personification Worksheet 8 | RTF Personification Worksheet 8 | PDF Personification Worksheet 8 | Preview Personification Worksheet 8 | Answers
Illustrating Genres - Students write the definitions of eight troubling genre terms. Then they draw a picture that represent each genre or subgenre. View my readibility scores . Illustrating Genres | RTF Illustrating Genres | PDF Illustrating Genres | Preview
Point of View Worksheet 11 - This worksheet has 9 interesting passages. Students read each passage, identify the narrator's viewpoint, and explain their answers. To help students master objective, limited, and omniscient modes, they also circle character's thoughts and feelings if it is a passage narrated from third-person perspective. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 11 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 11 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 11 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 11 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 11 | Ereading Worksheet
Inferences Worksheet 3 - This worksheet has four short scenarios and ten inferential questions. Students read the scenarios, answer the questions, and use text to support their answers. This worksheet has it all. View my readibility scores . Inferences Worksheet 3 | RTF Inferences Worksheet 3 | PDF Inferences Worksheet 3 | Preview Inferences Worksheet 3 | Answers
Inferences Worksheet 6 - Students are always in need of some practice making inferences. This worksheet has another four scenarios and ten questions to give them the practice that they need. View my readibility scores . Inferences Worksheet 6 | RTF Inferences Worksheet 6 | PDF Inferences Worksheet 6 | Preview Inferences Worksheet 6 | Answers
Inferences Worksheet 7 - The fun times with inferences keep coming! Here are four more reading passages and ten more inferential questions to keep your students' gears turning. View my readibility scores . Inferences Worksheet 7 | RTF Inferences Worksheet 7 | PDF Inferences Worksheet 7 | Preview Inferences Worksheet 7 | Answers
Inference Worksheet 9 - This inference worksheet goes above and beyond the others, in that it has eleven questions. That's right. I'm really pushing the limits of the double-sided worksheet. View my readibility scores . Inference Worksheet 9 | RTF Inference Worksheet 9 | PDF Inference Worksheet 9 | Preview Inference Worksheet 9 | Answers
Inferences Worksheet 10 - If you ask me, students can never get enough practice making inferences. Don't ask them. Just hand them another double-sided inference worksheet with four reading passages and ten questions. Then require them to support their answers with text. They'll thank you later. View my readibility scores . Inferences Worksheet 10 | RTF Inferences Worksheet 10 | PDF Inferences Worksheet 10 | Preview Inferences Worksheet 10 | Answers
Infer the Setting Worksheet 1 - Not only does this worksheet give students practice working with settings, it also gives them practice using basic inferential skills. Students read five short scenarios and determine the setting of each based on clues. Then they support their answers with text. View my readibility scores . Infer the Setting Worksheet 1 | RTF Infer the Setting Worksheet 1 | PDF Infer the Setting Worksheet 1 | Preview Infer the Setting Worksheet 1 | Answers
Making Predictions 2 - This worksheet has five short scenarios, each of which cuts off abruptly. Students predict what will happen next based on text evidence, and then they explain their answers by referring to the text. View my readibility scores . Making Predictions 2 | RTF Making Predictions 2 | PDF Making Predictions 2 | Preview Making Predictions 2 | Answers
Making Predictions 3 - This worksheet has five more short stories that end right before something happens. Students use the text to make predictions as to what will happen, then they explain how the text supports their answers. View my readibility scores . Making Predictions 3 | RTF Making Predictions 3 | PDF Making Predictions 3 | Preview Making Predictions 3 | Answers
Point of View Worksheet 3 - This two-page, double-sided worksheet has 15 more paragraphs from stories. Students determine the narrator's perspective and explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 3 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 3 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 3 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 3 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 3 | Ereading Worksheet
Point of View Worksheet 6 - This two-page, double-sided worksheet has 15 problems to help students master narrative perspective. Students read the paragraphs and determine the whether the narrator is telling the story from first, second, or third-person perspective. Then they explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 6 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 6 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 6 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 6 | Answers
Point of View Worksheet 13 - This worksheet is a great way to give students some rapid-fire practice with identifying the narrator's perspective. Students read the passages, identify the narrator's viewpoint, and explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 13 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 13 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 13 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 13 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 13 | Ereading Worksheet
Point of View Worksheet 14 - This point of view worksheet features two double-sided pages for a total of 19 problems. Not only will it help students to identify the narrator's viewpoint in a variety of passages, it will keep them busy for a good amount of time. That sounds like a win-win situation to me. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 14 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 14 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 14 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 14 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 14 | Ereading Worksheet
Point of View Worksheet 15 - Wow! Here's another point of view worksheet with two double-sided pages and a total of 19 questions. There are some pretty funny passages on here. I hope that students have some fun while they are mastering narrative perspective. I know that I had fun writing these passages. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 15 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 15 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 15 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 15 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 15 | Ereading Worksheet
Point of View Worksheet 16 - Why stop when you've got a good thing going? Here's another four-page, nineteen question point of view worksheet. Students read the passages, identify the narrator's perspective, circle characters' thoughts if the passage is narrated from third-person perspective, and explain their answers. What fun! View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 16 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 16 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 16 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 16 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 16 | Ereading Worksheet
Point of View Worksheet 17 - Do you students still need help with identifying the narrator's perspective? Featuring four pages of problems, this viewpoint worksheet will give students the practice that they need. Students read passages, determine the narrator's point of view, and explain their answers. What a great way to target this reading skill. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 17 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 17 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 17 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 17 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 17 | Ereading Worksheet
Point of View Worksheet 18 - If your students haven't mastered viewpoint yet, perhaps this 4-page, 19 problem worksheet will get them to where they need to be. This one is sure to busy them while they practice a basic reading skill. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 18 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 18 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 18 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 18 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 18 | Ereading Worksheet
Point of View Worksheet 19 - Here's another 4-page, 19 problem point of view worksheet for your little angels. Is it possible to give a group of students too much point of view practice? Let's find out. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 19 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 19 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 19 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 19 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 19 | Ereading Worksheet
Story Structure Quiz | "Time Warriors" - Students read a short story about an older brother who learns the hard way that he has to keep an eye out for his younger brother. Then students answer multiple-choice questions about the structure of the story. View my readibility scores . Story Structure Quiz | "Time Warriors" | RTF Story Structure Quiz | "Time Warriors" | PDF Story Structure Quiz | "Time Warriors" | Preview Story Structure Quiz | "Time Warriors" | Answers
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Types of Conflict Worksheet 2 - This worksheet has ten story descriptions, like the kind you might read on the back of a book. Students must identify the protagonist, antagonist, and type of conflict from each description. View my readibility scores . Types of Conflict Worksheet 2 | RTF Types of Conflict Worksheet 2 | PDF Types of Conflict Worksheet 2 | Preview Types of Conflict Worksheet 2 | Answers
Types of Conflict Worksheet 3 - This worksheet has ten story summaries. Students read each summary and attempt to determine the protagonist, antagonist, and type of conflict. View my readibility scores . Types of Conflict Worksheet 3 | RTF Types of Conflict Worksheet 3 | PDF Types of Conflict Worksheet 3 | Preview Types of Conflict Worksheet 3 | Answers
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These fifth grade reading comprehension worksheets will present students with a variety of topics that are designed to help motivate students and keep them interested. The first page is the actual reading passage which is followed by a multiple-choice selection of questions. Each question features three possible outcomes. We then end off each series with a free response worksheet. Please note that answers are fully provided, but some free response questions may have endless answers. Students should pay particular attention to the reading forms since at this grade level they tend to introduce new writing forms for the kids.
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Twelve year-old Henry awoke at dawn on a chilly December morning, reluctant to toss off his warm covers. He slept in the unheated attic of his master’s house and he knew the floor would be cold under his feet.
The Apprentice Multiple Choice Questions
This series of questions accompanies the last reading worksheets. Includes questions such as: Mr. Wilson was supposed to provide Henry with what?
The Apprentice Activities
Do some research and find out what a Johnny cake is. Do people still eat Johnny cakes? This sheet takes 5th graders in a new direction.
Uncle Moses is in his fifties and has been a bachelor all his life. He doesn’t have any family living in the Middlebury area but somehow everybody around town calls him Uncle Moses anyway.
Halloween Creatures Multiple Choice Questions
Questions that attach to the previous reeading worksheet. Wampirs are part of the folklore of what country?
Halloween Creatures Activities
You will be asked soem critical thinking questions such as: Do you like to watch horror movies with vampires or werewolves? Explain why or why not.
The Argument Reading
Mom could hear the girls squabbling all the way in the kitchen. It was the third time this week that the sisters had been arguing over something or fighting about nothing.
The Argument Multiple Choice Questions
These questions go with the previous reading worksheets. In what room of the house does the story take place?
The Argument Activities
Have a class discussion about a fight you had with a brother or sister and what you did to resolve it. This types of tasks will be highlighted on this sheet.
Into Space Passage
Little Neil was just two years old when his Dad took him to watch an airplane race. The year was 1932 and in those days air shows featured brightly colored aircraft piloted by daredevils.
Into Space Multiple Choice Questions
These questions should follow your daily tasks after reading the above worksheet. An example question would be: How old was Neil when he obtained his student pilot's license?
Into Space Activities
These are some thought provoking questions such as: How old was Neil Armstrong when he walked on the moon?
While Koko can hear perfectly she cannot speak words; instead she joins thousands of others who communicate through American Sign Language.
Koko Multiple Choice Questions
You will answer a series of questions that are based on they reading. An example question would be: When did Koko start learning to communicate with humans?
Koko is also an artist and she does abstract paintings which are shown on the web site. Explain what abstract art is. Do you like abstract art?
Opening Day at the Subway Reading Passage
This is a reading passage that looks at London as the first major city in the world to have a subway.
Opening Day at the Subway Multiple Choice Questions
These questions go right along with the reading found above. What kind of special key was used for the New York subway opening?
Opening Day at the Subway Activities
These task based questions also go along with the reading passage. An example question wouold be: How long after the London subway opened did the New York subway open?
Giant Flowers Passage
In Georgia O'Keefe's era most people believed that only men could become famous artists. This reading passage explores where she took this concept.
Giant Flowers Multiple Choice Questions
These question go right along with the previous sheet. An example question would be: How old was Georgia O'Keefe when she said she wanted to be an artist?
Giant Flowers Activities
Find a picture of a jack-in-the-pulpit flower. Write a descriptive essay of this unusual flower.
Scottie Reading Passage
Scottie started life as the youngest of twelve children in a town of just 3,000 people in rural Arkansas. This reading passage tells you a great deal more about him.
Scottie Multiple Choice Questions
These question help you really look deeply into the previous worksheet. An example question would be: Why was Scottie Pippen dropped from the college basketball team?
Scottie Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls with two other famous basketball players, Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman.
The Height of Fashion Reading Passage
This worksheet describes the life of 11 year old Fashion William and how he felt fashion was his industry of choice at a very young age.
The Height of Fashion Multiple Choice Questions
We explore questions that right along with the previous passage. Why was William pleased with himself when he left for church?
The Height of Fashion Outfit Matching Worksheet
This is an out of the box worksheet that flows perfectly with this reading passage. Match the outfit with the American time period.
The Flying Tomato Reading Passage
The reading passage looks at the life of Shaun White. He is a robust and unstoppable athlete actually started out life with a serious problem, a birth defect in his heart.
The Flying Tomato Multiple Choice Questions
These questions go along with the previous worksheet. Who helped Shaun White to learn skateboarding?
The Flying Tomato Activities
You will answer some interesting questions such as: Why is The Flying Tomato a good nickname for Shaun White?
Down the Rabbit Hole Reading Passage
This reading passed has been adapted from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Down the Rabbit Hole Multiple Choice Questions
Why did Alice have plenty of time to look while she travelled down the rabbit hole?
Who was Rasputin? Reading Passage
Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin is commonly known as the 'Mad Monk,' but he was not a monk.
Who was Rasputin? Comprehension Questions
Answer questions such as: What is Rasputin a symbol of to ordinary Russian people?
A Surprising Discovery Reading Passage
It was at the gravel-pits. Father had to go away suddenly on business, and mother had gone away to stay with Granny, who was not very well.
A Surprising Discovery Short Answer Questions
This series of questions goes right along with the reading passage. What does Robert think that they have found?
The Giver Comprehension Questions
This worksheet should accompany you when reading The Giver. It flows well with a discussion in class as well.
Peter Breaks Through Reading Passage
The story of Mrs. Darling. This is a lengthy 6 page reading passage that has a series of questions to follow.
Peter Breaks Through Questions
What was the most perplexing thing that Mrs. Darling found in her children's minds?
The Parting Reading Passage
This is a 2 page reading passage that use some more sophisticated vocabulary to push the narrative in an unusual direction.
The Parting Questions
How long had Black Beauty been at "this happy place" when the story begins?
What's a Safari?
This is a single page reading worksheet that serves as a good refresher for students. What does the word "safari" mean in Swahili?
What the Cat Said Reading
This is a 3 page reading sheet that is adapted from the work "From My Father's Dragon."
What the Cat Said Questions
Where are the narrator's father and the cat when his father tells the cat he would like to have an airplane?
This is another one of reading worksheet. Questions include: Which two continents to some geographers combine?
Voting Rights for Washington D.C.?
Approximately 673,000 people live in Washington D.C., but the citizens of Washington D.C. are not represented in Congress, because Washington D.C. is not a state.
Voting Rights Questions
How is D.C. different from other countries of the world with a democratic, representative constitution?
The History of Pizza Passage
You probably think that pizza comes from Italy, but it actually originated in ancient Greece.
The History of Pizza Questions
In which country did pizzas begin to resemble the meal we know by that name today?
Some History about Robots
Robots in some form have been with human beings for thousands of years. This single page worksheet will help you explore this.
What is Botany?
The pupils are very apt to say at first that it is learning about flowers. This reading worksheet explores this in depth.
The Siberian Husky
Many people think that huskies look like wolves. Bred to be a sled dog, they have amazing endurance and a willingness to work.
Dog Groups Reading Passage
Dogs in the Working, Herding, and Sporting groups require a lot of exercise, as well as regular mental stimulation.
Dog Groups Questions
We ask you a series of questions that are based on the previous reading worksheet. Which dog might you consider if you wanted a high-energy dog that can be taught to do a job?
Literacy Expectation for 5th Graders
5th grade is an important stage in every student’s developmental process. It is the last year of elementary school, and students experience immense growth during this time. It can be challenging for them to manage their growth and continue being productive as the pressure rises with the difficulty level of work. During 5th Grade, students experience a shift from relatively easy, low-pressure schooling to more thought-provoking, high-pressure education. It isn’t easy to ensure that 5th graders are progressing well, but there are signs that teachers and parents can follow to check their performance.
Students at the fifth grade level should have a good handle on how to see patterns in words and breakdown sounds. The goal at this level is focus on context skills and help young readers decipher the meaning of words that are unfamiliar to them by relying on the words and sentences that surround them. This is usually a rough ride at first but becomes doable with a little experience. Students at the fifth grade level are highly fluent readers. They start to use advanced decoding skills that allows them to begin to understand much more complex bodies of work. Most teachers feel that fifth grade is a good time to introduce a novel. This is because our young readers now have some comprehension endurance. When they were younger, they could only follow works that were short and concise, but not anymore.<br>
As readers, 5th graders are expected to read literary works that boast a refined vocabulary by famous authors for challenging norms and introducing innovative ideas. 5th-grade readers are expected to analyze literary work and thoroughly understand what the main ideas represent. Then, they are expected to connect one literary piece with another and be able to differentiate between the themes, language and ideas presented. When reading, 5th graders need to think carefully about the author’s message and receive that message by discussing it with their peers and proving their personal opinion.
As students read, they are supposed to develop ideas of their own and form opinions about the work they’re reading. It is also vital for students to be able to convey their opinion articulately. Once students complete reading, they should be able to use the quotes and facts learned through their reading in real life. Reading empowers students to become independent thinkers, and you can measure the freedom of thought your student experiences through reading by asking them to discuss whatever they read with the class and independently with the teacher.
You can help your students become better readers by:
1. Memorize and utilize quotes to explain the themes within any literary work.
2. Reading various genres, including nonfiction.
3. Understand the narrator’s point of view, how it contributes to the text, and how their own opinion differs.
4. Understand the meaning behind and connections made by the metaphors, simile, hyperbole, and personification in a text.
5. Research interesting topics through the internet.
6. Introduce fun activities that include reading, like a book club where readers can communicate their expectations and opinions about literary pieces with their peers.
As 5th grade writers, students are expected to learn from and expand on the material they read and wrote in the previous grade. It is also essential for them to utilize what they learned before in the present time to retain the information and skills practiced in 4th grade. In 5th grade, students are expected to write about independent ideas and create pieces surrounding a given prompt. It is also essential for 5th graders to write about a wider variety of genres and explore ideas that they haven’t before through writing. They are expected to produce organized text on their own, which consists of appropriate paragraphing, punctuation, and vocabulary. When it comes to vocabulary, students are encouraged to learn and use new words that they haven’t been exposed to before, words that may seem difficult to spell but allow the writer to get their message across with greater ease. In 5th grade, students should use writing to express their feelings and ideas instead of just describing work by other authors.
You can help 5th graders become better writers by:
1. Asking them to write about their favorite topics.
2. Read to write; this can help them improve their writing skills by learning from other authors.
3. Introduce fun writing activities, like writing a letter to their best friend in class, which classmates can enjoy with their peers.
4. Encourage students to use metaphors, similes, personification, and hyperbole in their work.
It is essential to understand the literacy expectation for 5th graders to help them improve. By working with students on reading and writing, you can enable them to reach their true potential.
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Our free, printable 5th grade reading comprehension worksheets stand out with their versatility and accessibility. From identifying the text type to practicing writing the main idea, there's little that we leave undiscussed. Sequence events, give insight into characters' minds, and frame sentences, among other tasks in these informational texts and stories.
These pdf reading worksheets are most recommended for students in grade 5.
Chesapeake Bay is historically, geographically, and naturally important. This 5th grade reading comprehension pdf has all the details you wish to gather about Chesapeake Bay.
A Christmas Worth Remembering
Hector learns that not every child is as blessed and fortunate as he is in this story passage. Find the main theme, select members of a group, write the type of text, and more.
History of Thanksgiving
Think of Thanksgiving, and you think of eating your fill, playing football, and spending time with family. This printable worksheet digs deep into a most loved American holiday.
New York Subway
The New York City Subway is a classic example of how sweet the rewards of hard work can be. Find an incorrect detail, give examples of how the subway has changed, and much more.
No More Fear
This printable exercise for grade 5 gives a blow-by-blow account of Callie's flight across the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Join her and answer the questions that follow.
A Magical Chinese New Year
Vibrant shades of red and gold are scattered all across this grade 5 reading passage, where Little Mei revels in the significance and festive joy of the Chinese New Year.
Earth's Spheres: A Delicate Balance
Giving each sphere of the earth its time to shine sets this informational text apart from the other worksheets in this set. Understand the facts and answer the questions.
The Case of the Large Footprints
Team up with Elsa and her friends and try to solve the mystery of the large footprints in this pdf that features a mix of multiple-choice and open-ended questions.
The Founding Fathers of the U.S.
A trip down memory lane and a history lesson wrapped into one, this comprehension passage for grade 5 talks about the contributions of the Founding Fathers.
Gravity: Shaping Our World
A dash of science in the midst of English practice, this informational text will have grade 5 learners going gaga over gravity as they take on a bunch of questions.
The Case of the Missing Lunchbox
Fret not, for there is more sleuthing to do in this section, where the 5th grade kids of Jefferson Elementary School pick up clues and solve cases of missing items.
Pangea: The Supercontinent
There's always room for geography in our worksheets, as seen in this passage that details the evolution of Pangea, a supercontinent from about 335 million years ago.
Take a Stand against Bullying
Find inspiration in Kylie and her kindness in this reading passage for 5th grade. Absorb the essence of the story and breeze through the bundle of questions given.
The Evolution of the Telephone
Follow the journey of a telephone from its inception to its modern avatars in this exercise. Refer back to the passage, glean the information, and write the answers.
The Oregon Trail
Here's a reason for every 5th grader's inner cartographer to rejoice! Trace the Oregon Trail and accompany the pioneers on their daring journey across treacherous landscapes.
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5th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets
The 5th grade reading comprehension activities below are coordinated with the 5th grade spelling words curriculum on a week-to-week basis, so both can be used together as part of a comprehensive program, or each can be used separately. The worksheets include fifth grade appropriate reading passages and related questions. Each worksheet (as well as the spelling words ) also includes a cross-curricular focus on earth science, physical science, history, social sciences, or life sciences. This allows students to build their reading comprehension skills and reinforce knowledge in other subject areas. There are 36 weeks of fifth grade worksheets, following most standard school year calendars.
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Week 12 Reading Comprehension (E-12). A segment about how latitude and longitude is used for navigation. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Active and Passive Transport
Week 5 Reading Comprehension (E-5). This reading segment describes how a membrane allows things to move in and out of the cell. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.
Week 34 Reading Comprehension (E-34). A passage about the apprentice system practiced in early North America. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Week 32 Reading Comprehension (E-32). A segment about how Earth’s atmosphere is made up of several layers of gases in different mixtures. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.
Bartering for Basics
Week 6 Reading Comprehension (E-6). A passage about early Native American Indian groups and how they bartered for goods. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Week 24 Reading Comprehension (E-24). A passage about how history’s story is a never-ending struggle for control over land. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Colonization: for Gold, God, and Glory
Week 13 Reading Comprehension (E-13). A passage and questions about early exploration and colonization. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Conflict Over North American Lands
Week 18 Reading Comprehension (E-18). A passage about the time between the early 15th century and the mid 17th century. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Week 27 Reading Comprehension (E-27). A passage about convection currents, loops of moving air or water that transfer energy. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.
Converting Fractions to Decimals
Week 26 Reading Comprehension (E-26). A math segment about converting fractions to decimals. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.
Customs and Traditions
Week 3 Reading Comprehension (E-3). Reading passage and questions about the customs and traditions of native American Indian groups in rth America Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Dear King George
Week 35 Reading Comprehension (E-35). A reading segment about the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Down the Hatch
Week 14 Reading Comprehension (E-14). This reading segment outlines how the digestive system is made up of a group of organs that work together. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.
Week 31 Reading Comprehension (E-31). How some settlers who came to the English colonies in rth America tried to escape religious persecution Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Week 17 Reading Comprehension (E-17). How the excretory system regulates the amount of water that you have in your body and helps remove waste. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.
Week 16 Reading Comprehension (E-16). A passage about exponential tation, also kwn as scientific tation as a way to represent numbers. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.
Week 33 Reading Comprehension (E-33). A passage and questions about how severe storms happen in low-pressure weather systems. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.
From Nomad to Farmer
Week 1 Reading Comprehension (E-1). A n-fiction passage and comprehension questions about the earliest rth American mads Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Fungi are Alive
Week 15 Reading Comprehension (E-15). A reading passage that explains fungi and how different types of fungi can be used. Cross-Curricular Focus: Science.
Week 28 Reading Comprehension (E-28). A passage describing how indentured servants became common on large plantations. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.
Grade 5 Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Endangered Species In America
The Secrets Of The Black-stained Beach
Protecting The Guardians Of Wildlife
Math Marvel Katherine Johnson
Grade 5 Reading Comprehension #7
Grade 5 Reading Comprehension #8
Grade 5 Reading Comprehension #9
Exploring Earth’s Biodiversity
Tackling Plastic Pollution
Perseverance The Mars Rover
Decoding Friday The 13th
From Characters To Resolution
All about these 15 worksheets.
These reading worksheets are specifically for students who are around 11 years old. These worksheets are meant to help you improve your reading skills and your ability to understand and comprehend what you read.
They contain different passages or texts to read, such as stories, articles, or informational texts. Each passage is followed by a series of questions that test your understanding of the text. These questions may ask you about the main idea of the passage, specific details, the meaning of certain words, or even your opinion about what you’ve read.
The worksheets are a way for you to practice reading and to develop important skills, such as:
Vocabulary and Comprehension
By reading different texts, you’ll encounter new words and expand your vocabulary. The worksheets often include questions that ask you to figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words from the context of the passage. The questions on the worksheets are designed to test how well you understand what you’ve read. They may ask you to summarize the main idea, identify important details, or make inferences based on the information in the text.
Reading Strategies and Fluency
Some questions on the worksheets require you to think critically and analyze the text. You may need to compare and contrast information, make predictions, or draw conclusions based on the text. The worksheets can also help you develop reading strategies that make it easier for you to understand and remember what you read. For example, you might learn how to underline important information, make notes, or use context clues to understand the meaning of unknown words. Regularly practicing with reading comprehension worksheets can help improve your reading speed and fluency. As you become more comfortable and confident in your reading abilities, you’ll be able to understand texts more easily and enjoy reading more.
What Reading Skills Are Students Learning in Grade 5?
In Grade 5, students continue to build upon and refine their reading skills. Some of the key reading skills that are typically focused on in Grade 5 include:
Reading Comprehension and Fluency
Comprehension is the ability to understand and make meaning from what is read. In Grade 5, students develop more advanced comprehension skills, including identifying main ideas, supporting details, cause and effect relationships, making inferences, drawing conclusions, and summarizing texts.
Fluency refers to the ability to read accurately, smoothly, and with expression. In Grade 5, students work on improving their reading speed while maintaining comprehension. They practice reading aloud, use punctuation cues, and work on phrasing to enhance their fluency.
Students also work on expanding their vocabulary by encountering new words in various texts. They learn strategies to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words using context clues, word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Grade 5 students continue to develop and apply reading strategies to enhance comprehension. These strategies may include making predictions, visualizing, making connections to prior knowledge, asking questions, summarizing, and monitoring their understanding as they read.
Students learn to recognize and understand different text structures, such as narrative (story), expository (informational), persuasive, and descriptive texts. They become familiar with how authors organize information, including the use of headings, subheadings, paragraphs, and transitional words. Students explore various literary elements, such as character development, plot, setting, theme, and point of view. They analyze texts to understand the author’s purpose and the deeper meanings within the story.
Students learn to critically analyze and evaluate texts by considering the author’s perspective, bias, and purpose. They distinguish between fact and opinion, evaluate the credibility of sources, and develop their own opinions based on evidence from the text. Encouraging independent reading is important in Grade 5. Students are encouraged to read a variety of texts, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and articles, to further develop their reading skills, expand their interests, and foster a love for reading.
How to Help 5th Graders Become Better Readers
Improving reading comprehension involves several strategies and methods. Here’s a detailed guide for a 5th grader looking to enhance their reading comprehension skills:
Active Reading – Active reading means fully engaging with the text. Don’t just let your eyes pass over the words; think about what you’re reading. Ask yourself questions (who, what, where, when, why, how) about the text as you read, and make predictions about what might happen next. This can make the reading process more engaging and help you better understand the material.
Take Notes – Jot down main ideas, key details, unfamiliar words, and any questions that come up while you’re reading. If you’re reading a book, you can use sticky notes. If you can’t write in the book you’re reading, keep a separate notebook for your notes.
Visualize and Summarize – Imagine the events, characters, setting, and plot in your mind as if they were a movie. Visualization can make the reading experience more enjoyable and help you remember details more easily. After each section or chapter, try to summarize what you’ve read in your own words. This can help you consolidate your understanding and recall key points. You can write these summaries in your notebook.
Look Up New Vocabulary – If you come across words you don’t know, try to figure out their meaning from the context. If you can’t, look them up in a dictionary. Understanding the vocabulary in a text is crucial for comprehension. Try to relate the text to your own experiences, knowledge, or other books you’ve read. Making these connections can help you understand the text on a deeper level.
Reread Difficult Passages – If something doesn’t make sense the first time you read it, don’t hesitate to reread it. Sometimes, understanding comes with repeated reading. Reading aloud can slow down your reading and force you to pay attention to the words and their meaning. It can also improve your pronunciation and fluency.
Discuss What You Read – Talk about what you’re reading with others – your friends, family, or teachers. Discussing the text can help you understand it better and remember it more effectively. You can share your interpretations, ask questions, and hear other perspectives.
Use Graphic Organizers – Graphic organizers like Venn diagrams, story maps, or flow charts can help you organize information and ideas in the text, making it easier to understand and remember.
Remember, improving reading comprehension takes time and practice. Don’t be discouraged if you find it challenging at first. Keep reading regularly, and try to read a variety of genres and styles of writing to build your skills. It’s like exercising – the more you do it, the stronger your reading muscles will get!