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Reading Comprehension Passages and Question Sets

 

Kindergarten Reading Passages & Question Sets [top]

Note: The following passages are best used as read-aloud activities.

"In the Night" – Tells a story from the point of view of an animal that leaves its home at night to look for prey [Lexile 370]

"Get Well Lance" – Describes how a girl makes a get-well-soon card for her friend with chicken pox [Lexile 530]

"Three Blind Mice" – Provides the standard lyrics to the traditional nursery rhyme [Non-prose]

 

1st Grade Reading Passages & Question Sets [top]

Note: The grade level of these passages is based on Common Core Lexile reading levels. Therefore, certain passages are appropriate for multiple grades.

"In the Night" – Tells a story from the point of view of an animal that leaves its home at night to look for prey [Lexile 370]

"Get Well Lance" – Describes how a girl makes a get-well-soon card for her friend with chicken pox [Lexile 530]

"Spinning Storms" – Provides basic information about the causes and effects of hurricanes and gives safety tips for hurricane weather [Lexile 410]

"Three Blind Mice" – Provides the standard lyrics to the traditional nursery rhyme [Non-prose]

"Web Weavers" – Explains why spiders make silk and describes the three kinds of webs built by spiders [Lexile 480]

 

2nd Grade Reading Passages & Question Sets [top]

Note: The grade level of these passages is based on Common Core Lexile reading levels. Therefore, certain passages are appropriate for multiple grades.

"China Today: The Giant Panda" – Details the life and habitat of the panda and discusses threats to the panda population in the wild [Lexile 630]

"Habitats: How Habitats Affect Us" – Explains what habitats are and how different animal species have adapted to certain environments [Lexile 580]

"Fossils & Dinosaurs: The Age of Dinosaurs" – Describes how the earth was different when dinosaurs lived and gives information about the extinction of dinosaurs [Lexile 640]

"Web Weavers" – Explains why spiders make silk and describes the three kinds of webs built by spiders [Lexile 480]

"World Wonders" – Lists six of the manmade wonders of the world and gives interesting facts about them [Lexile 680]

 

3rd Grade Reading Passages & Question Sets [top]

Note: The grade level of these passages is based on Common Core Lexile reading levels. Therefore, certain passages are appropriate for multiple grades.

"China Today: The Giant Panda" – Details the life and habitat of the panda and discusses threats to the panda population in the wild [Lexile 630]

"Climates: Climate Zones" – Details five major climate types and what makes each one unique [Lexile 800]

"Fossils & Dinosaurs: The Age of Dinosaurs" – Describes how the earth was different when dinosaurs lived and gives information about the extinction of dinosaurs [Lexile 640]

"Habitats: How Habitats Affect Us" – Explains what habitats are and how different animal species have adapted to certain environments [Lexile 580]

"Healing Power" – Tells the story of a woman who searched for a smallpox cure and helped doctors find information that led to a vaccine [Lexile 720]

"Mountains & Oceans: The World's Oceans" – Discusses the size and importance of the world’s five oceans [Lexile 670]

"The Human Body: The Human Brain" – Highlights the three main parts of the brain and describes how the brain controls and interacts with the body [Lexile 760]

"The Middle Ages: Feudalism in the Middle Ages" – Describes the function of feudalism in societies of the Middle Ages and includes a chart that helps explain the system [Lexile 810]

"Middle Ages: Medieval Castles" – Explains the purpose and function of medieval castles and how they related to the social structure of the time [Lexile 810]

 

4th Grade Reading Passages & Question Sets [top]

Note: The grade level of these passages is based on Common Core Lexile reading levels. Therefore, certain passages are appropriate for multiple grades.

"Architecture: Monticello" – Describes the architectural design of Thomas Jefferson’s estate and how it reflects his political philosophy [Lexile 840]

"Climates: Climate Zones" – Details five major climate types and what makes each one unique [Lexile 800]

"Earth Science: Hurricanes" – Provides general information about the nature of hurricanes and their effects [Lexile 830]

"Earth Science: Pangaea" – Describes the ancient continent of Pangaea and how continental drift broke it apart [Lexile 900]

"Electricity & Energy: Circuits" – Gives an overview of electrical circuits and describes the two main types of circuits [Lexile 830]

"Famous Scientists & Mathematicians: Louis Pasteur" – Discusses the important discoveries and contributions of Pasteur [Lexile 850]

"Healing Power" – Tells the story of a woman who searched for a smallpox cure and helped doctors find information that led to a vaccine [Lexile 720]

"The Human Body: The Human Brain" – Highlights the three main parts of the brain and describes how the brain controls and interacts with the body [Lexile 760]

"The Middle Ages: Introduction to the Middle Ages" – Provides essential information about civilization and government in Medieval times [Lexile 880]

"The Middle Ages: Feudalism in the Middle Ages" – Describes the function of feudalism in societies of the Middle Ages and includes a chart that helps explain the system [Lexile 810]

"Middle Ages: Medieval Castles" – Explains the purpose and function of medieval castles and how they related to the social structure of the time [Lexile 810]

 

5th Grade Reading Passages & Question Sets [top]

Note: The grade level of these passages is based on Common Core Lexile reading levels. Therefore, certain passages are appropriate for multiple grades.

"Almost Human" – Describes robot technology and robots that are designed to look and perform like humans [Lexile 970]

"Architecture: Monticello" – Describes the architectural design of Thomas Jefferson’s estate and how it reflects his political philosophy [Lexile 840]

"Be a Juice Sleuth" – Explains the differences between bottled juice products and discusses the health consequences of drinking different juice beverages [Lexile 1010]

"Earth Science: Hurricanes" – Provides general information about the nature of hurricanes and their effects [Lexile 830]

"Earth Science: Pangaea" – Describes the ancient continent of Pangaea and how continental drift broke it apart [Lexile 900]

"Electricity & Energy: Circuits" – Gives an overview of electrical circuits and describes the two main types of circuits [Lexile 830]

"Excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from the Birmingham City Jail" – Provides excerpts of Dr. King’s letter arguing in favor of nonviolent direct action [Lexile 980]

"Famous Scientists & Mathematicians: Louis Pasteur" – Discusses the important discoveries and contributions of Pasteur [Lexile 850]

"Menacing Meningitis" – Discusses the causes, symptoms, and treatments for meningitis [Lexile 880]

"The Middle Ages: Introduction to the Middle Ages" – Provides essential information about civilization and government in Medieval times [Lexile 880]

 

6th Grade Reading Passages & Question Sets [top]

Note: The grade level of these passages is based on Common Core Lexile reading levels. Therefore, certain passages are appropriate for multiple grades.

"Be a Juice Sleuth" – Explains the differences between bottled juice products and discusses the health consequences of drinking different juice beverages [Lexile 1010]

"Down with It" – Describes archaeological digs at modern-day sites and how such work helps with history studies [Lexile 1020]

"Excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from the Birmingham City Jail" – Provides excerpts of Dr. King’s letter arguing in favor of nonviolent direct action [Lexile 980]

"Not Scared...Prepared" – Describes how people, governments and organizations work to prepare for and respond to emergencies. [Lexile 1020]