FREE Reading Comprehension Worksheets

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Name

Passage Word Count

Approximate Grade Level

       

Grade 2

       
USA Connecticut 125 2.25
Animals Komodo Dragon 109 2.25
Animals Blue Whale 103 2.5
USA United States 101 2.5
Space Jupiter 102 2.75
USA Utah 119 2.75
Animals Cardinals 114 2.75
Space Mars 115 2.75
Pop Culture Dunkin Donuts 150 2.75
Animals Common Loon 132 2.75
Animals Lobsters 125 2.75
Colors The Color Green 120 2.75
Economics Banks 146 2.75
Animals Bald Eagle 90 2.75
 

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Grade 3

 
Animals California Condor 133 3
Pop Culture History of Ice Cream 150 3
Economics U.S. Currency 182 3
Animals Woodpeckers 152 3
Animals Penguins 126 3
Women Elizabeth Blackwell 150 3.25
USA Landmarks Gateway Arch 125 3.25
Rev. War George Washington 173 3.25
Animals Roadrunners 114 3.25
USA Landmarks Statue of Liberty 138 3.25
Animals Hummingbirds 151 3.25
Animals Dolphins 152 3.25
Animals Spiders 132 3.25
Civil War Abraham Lincoln 222 3.5
War of 1812 Andrew Jackson 125 3.5
Rev. War Benjamin Franklin 177 3.5
Scientist Galileo 130 3.5
Holidays Groundhog’s Day 119 3.5
Civil War Harriet Tubman 187 3.5
Artists John James Audubon 151 3.5
Civil Rights Martin Luther King, Jr. 92 3.5
USA Massachusetts 122 3.5
USA New Mexico 145 3.5
Pop Culture Pac-Man 165 3.5
Women Susan B. Anthony 164 3.5
War of 1812 Star-Spangled Banner 158 3.5
USA Beale Street Blues 146 3.5
USA Landmarks Mt. Rushmore 149 3.5
Animals Butterflies 185 3.5
Explorers Christopher Columbus 214 3.5
Diseases The Flu 195 3.5
USA Landmarks Grand Canyon 105 3.75
USA Landmarks Great Smoky Mts. 142 3.75
Athletes Jackie Robinson 134 3.75
USA Great Plains 157 3.75
Explorers Marco Polo and the Silk Road 170 3.75
World Pacific Ocean 105 3.75
Pop Culture Pepperoni 125 3.75
Presidents Teddy Bear Roosevelt 172 3.75
Technology Viruses in People and Computers 177 3.75
USA Making Cheese in Wisconsin 170 3.75
Animals Crickets 258 3.75
Economics Money 146 3.75
       

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Grade 4

 
Animals Florida Panther 135 4
Animals Ivory-billed Woodpecker 264 4
USA Rhode Island 194 4
USA Landmarks Sleeping Bear Dunes 123 4
USA St. Augustine (Florida) 129 4
Rev. War American Revolution 116 4
Native Am. Sequoyah 200 4
Animals Penguins 415 4
Sports Dallas Cowboys 226 4.25
Women Rosa Parks 256 4.25
Rev. War Taxation Without Representation 194 4.25
Native Am. Buffalo Hunters (Lakota) 173 4.25
Science Rainbows 188 4.25
Animals Spiders 202 4.25
13 Colonies Indigo in South Carolina 148 4.5
Rev. War Thomas Jefferson 247 4.5
Science Tyrannosaurus Rex 163 4.5
Animals Baltimore Oriole 207 4.5
Animals Loggerhead Sea Turtle 366 4.5
Animals Narwhal 265 4.5
Science Amazon Rainforest 416 4.75
Animals California Condor 465 4.75
13 Colonies Connecticut Colony 211 4.75
Space Mars 718 4.75
Explorers Ponce de Leon 391 4.75
Pop Culture Raisins 175 4.75
Inventors Alexander Graham Bell 334 4.75
Native am. The Cherokee 462 4.75
       

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Grade 5

 
Rev. War Benedict Arnold 637 5
USA Cawker City, Kansas – Ball of Twine 189 5
Pop Culture Friday the 13th 357 5
Rev. War George Washington 252 5
War of 1812 James Madison 343 5
World Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius 233 5
USA Utah 167 5
Sports Washington Redskins 382 5
Civil War Belle Boyd – Confederate Spy 285 5
Explorers Christopher Columbus 363 5
Space Galaxies 525 5
Science Lightning and Thunder 209 5
Sports Baltimore Ravens 284 5
Women Maya Lin 365 5
Athletes Mickey Mantle 482 5
Inventors Thomas Edison 366 5
Inventors Tim Berners-Lee 380 5
Animals Florida Manatee 479 5.25
Presidents Grover Cleveland 314 5.25
Civil War Harriet Tubman 633 5.25
Pop Culture History of Pizza 303 5.25
Athletes Jackie Robinson 484 5.25
Athletes Jackie Robinson – Main Idea Focus 484 5.25
Athletes Jackie Robinson – Sequencing Focus 484 5.25
Athletes Jackie Robinson – Contextual Vocab. 484 5.25
Athletes Jackie Robinson – Passage Details 484 5.25
Artists John James Audubon 326 5.25
Rev. War Molly Pitcher 291 5.25
Women Susan B. Anthony 225 5.25
Women Women’s Suffrage 413 5.25
World Mexico 383 5.25
Animals Peregrine Falcon 215 5.25
Women Amelia Earhart 852 5.25
Explorers Age of Exploration 490 5.5
War of 1812 Andrew Jackson 388 5.5
Rev. War Baron Von Steuben 268 5.5
Rev. War Battle of Monmouth Courthouse 335 5.5
Rev. War Boston Tea Party 370 5.5
Pop Culture Cracker Jack 217 5.5
Rev. War Declaration of Independence 256 5.5
Women Elizabeth Blackwell 405 5.5
Civil War/Women Harriet Beecher Stowe/Uncle Tom’s Cabin 375 5.5
Pop Culture History of Donuts 476 5.5
Pop Culture History of Ice Cream 351 5.5
Pop Culture History of Wal-Mart 438 5.5
USA Holy Land, Connecticut 202 5.5
Rev. War John Hancock 356 5.5
USA Judaculla Rock, North Carolina 335 5.5
Space Jupiter 343 5.5
Animals Komodo Dragons 364 5.5
13 Colonies Lost Colony of Roanoke 429 5.5
Rev. War Loyalists 248 5.5
USA Mackinac Island (Michigan) 190 5.5
Computers Malware Types 294 5.5
Artists Michelangelo 537 5.5
Athletes Muhammad Ali 320 5.5
Rev. War Nathan Hale 245 5.5
Pop Culture Pac-Man 348 5.5
World Palace at Versailles (France) 256 5.5
Rev. War/Women Phillis Wheatley 417 5.5
Pop Culture History of Popcorn 377 5.5
Women Rosa Parks 533 5.5
13 Colonies South Carolina Colony 301 5.5
Pop Culture Super Mario Brothers 346 5.5
Rev. War Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates 223 5.5
Animals Arctic Fox 250 5.5
World Castles 278 5.5
Native Am. Iroquois Nation 484 5.5
13 Colonies Maryland Colony 212 5.5
13 Colonies New Jersey Colony 220 5.5
Explorers/Women Sacagawea 283 5.5
Animals Sharks 526 5.5
Sapce Venus 386 5.5
Athletes Hank Aaron 665 5.5
Sports Buffalo Bills 307 5.5
Sports Chicago Bears 314 5.5
Civil War First Battle of Bull Run 491 5.5
Pop Culture The History of Jell-O 412 5.5
Sports New Orleans Saints 375 5.5
Pop Culture Penny Debate 297 5.5
Native Am. Sioux (Lakota) Nation 526 5.5
Explorers Ferdinand Magellan 544 5.75
Sports/USA Green Bay Packers 307 5.75
Computers I love You Computer Worm 357 5.75
13 Colonies New York Colony 405 5.75
13 Colonies North Carolina Colony 297 5.75
World Panama and Suez Canals 451 5.75
USA University of Virginia 258 5.75
World Pyramids of Egypt 237 5.75
Space Meteors 547 5.75
Science Tornadoes 266 5.75
Native Am. Trail of Tears 339 5.75
Sports Arizona Cardinals 293 5.75
Government Congress (Legislative Branch) 436 5.75
Sports Dallas Cowboys 785 5.75
Pop Culture History of Potato Chips 356 5.75
 

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Grade 6

 
Rev. War Abigail Adams 283 6
Civil War Abraham Lincoln – Childhood 662 6
Civil War Abraham Lincoln – Middle Years (1) 521 6
Civil War Abraham Lincoln – Middle Years (2) 471 6
Civil War Abraham Lincoln – Middle Years (3) 900 6
Civil War Abraham Lincoln – Presidential Years (1) 646 6
Civil War Abraham Lincoln – Presidential Years (2) 595 6
Civil War Abraham Lincoln – Presidential Years (3) 607 6
Civil War Abraham Lincoln – Presidential Years (4) 492 6
Rev. War Battle of Bunker Hill 471 6
War of 1812 Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812) 182 6
Rev. War Battle of Trenton (Washington’s Crossing) 437 6
Rev. War Boston Massacre 565 6
Science Claustrophobia 282 6
Civil War Frederick Douglass 540 6
Scientists Galileo 446 6
Holidays Groundhog’s Day 247 6
Rev. War John Adams 448 6
Athletes Michael Jordan 760 6
Presidents Millard Fillmore (13th President) 396 6
Civil War Missouri Compromise 238 6
USA New Mexico 257 6
Rev. War Noble Train of Artillery (to Boston) 479 6
13 Colonies Plymouth Colony 531 6
13 Colonies Pontiac’s Rebellion 456 6
13 Colonies Popham Colony (Maine) 376 6
13 Colonies Salem Witch Trials 468 6
Explorers Scurvy 214 6
Rev. War Second Continental Congress 304 6
Civil War Slavery 307 6
Rev. War Sons of Liberty 373 6
Rev. War Stamp Act 338 6
Rev. War The Hessians 377 6
Presidents Theodore Roosevelt 547 6
Rev. War Thomas Paine 524 6
Civil Rights Topeka, Kansas 236 6
13 Colonies House of Burgesses 195 6
13 Colonies Massachusetts Bay Colony 168 6
13 Colonies Pennsylvania Colony 231 6
Science Auroras (Northern Lights) 258 6
Civil War Battle of the Ironclads 557 6
Civil War Battle of Shiloh Church 631 6
Sports Carolina Panthers 356 6
Government Constitutional Convention 699 6
Explorers Lewis and Clark Main Idea 394 6
Explorers Lewis and Clark Sequencing 394 6
Explorers Lewis and Clark Passage Details 394 6
Explorers Lewis and Clark Contextual Vocabulary 394 6
Civil War Mary Todd Lincoln 637 6
Sports New York Jets 400 6
Sports Seattle Seahawks 410 6
USA Neptune Reef (Florida) 220 6
Government Federalists vs Republicans 237 6.25
Rev. War Battles of New York (Brooklyn Heights) 446 6.25
13 Colonies Colonial New Haven, Connecticut 197 6.25
Rev. War Continental Army 394 6.25
Rev. War Conway Cabal 404 6.25
Explorers Francisco Coronado 578 6.25
Rev. War Marquis de Lafayette 365 6.25
Civil Rights Martin Luther King, Jr. 433 6.25
Pop Culture Paul Bunyan 314 6.25
13 Colonies Rhode Island Colony 328 6.25
Rev. War Siege of Charleston (Am. Rev.) 396 6.25
Rev. War Siege at Yorktown 549 6.25
Rev. War Winter at Valley Forge 360 6.25
13 Colonies Delaware Colony 287 6.25
13 Colonies Georgia Colony 183 6.25
Science Hurricanes 285 6.25
Explorers Robert de la Salle 523 6.25
Sports Atlanta Falcons 414 6.25
Computers Bill Gates 543 6.25
Civil War Civil War 492 6.25
13 Colonies Jamestown (Part 1) 532 6.25
13 Colonies Jamestown (Part 2) 571 6.25
13 Colonies Jamestown (Part 3) 424 6.25
Sports San Francisco 49ers 554 6.25
Rev. War Battle of Saratoga 423 6.5
Rev. War Battles of Lexington and Concord 481 6.5
Government Federalist Papers 226 6.5
Rev. War Fort Ticonderoga 466 6.5
USA Landmarks Great Smoky Mountains N.P. 198 6.5
Civil War Kansas-Nebraska Act 216 6.5
Athletes Babe Ruth 1250 6.5
Civil War Battle of Fort Sumter 359 6.5
Explorers Jacques Cartier 489 6.5
       

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