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Reading Passages Worksheets - Original Stories and Public Texts

Our collection of informational stories and other non-fiction texts combine high-interest reading passages with questions designed to build reading comprehension skills. Passage topics cover a range of subjects including animals, how-to, occupations, science, and sports. Questions cover a range of skills, including identifying main idea, determining the author's purpose, summarizing, making inferences, identifying cause/effect, analyzing text features, using context clues, and finding support in a passage. The high-interest passages will help get kids excited about reading, while the questions accompanying each passage will help kids improve their reading comprehension skills.

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Passage Name Grade Lexile Word Count Skill/Strategy Text Type
Summer Sun Poem 2 390L 77 Drawing Conclusions Fiction
Dolphins Have Feelings, Too! 2 460L 137 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Bigfoot 2 480L 216 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Yawning 2 500L 237 Cause and Effect Original, Informational
The Helpful Leprechaun 2 550L 232 Multi-Skill Fiction
April Fool's Day 2 570L 836 Multi-Skill Fiction
Fortune Cookies 2 570L 244 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Leaning Tower of Pisa 2 590L 396 Cause and Effect Original, Informational
Can You Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk? 2 600L 230 Cause and Effect Original, Informational
Loch Ness Monster 2 640L 182 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Treehouse Living 2 670L 344 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Great Wall of China 2 710L 305 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
French Words in Cooking 2 720L 225 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
How Do Fish Breathe? 2 720L 202 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Great Pyramid of Giza 2 720L 323 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Tiny Houses 2 730L 394 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Dimes 2 740L 322 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Ostriches 2 740L 315 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
What is a Nurse? 2 740L 279 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Avocados 2 750L 178 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
What is a Mechanic? 2 750L 258 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Competitive Swimming 2 760L 269 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
How to Make Pancakes 2 760L 177 Text Structure Original, Informational
What is a Bodyguard? 2 770L 250 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Giraffes 2 780L 266 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
How to Make a Birthday Cake 2 780L 282 Text Structure Original, Informational
Speed Skating 2 780L 312 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Black Holes 2 790L 331 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
What is a Director? 2 790L 175 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Biggest Hotel in the World 2 800L 318 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Sharks 2 810L 325 Main Idea Original, Informational
The Statue of Zeus 2 810L 326 Main Idea Original, Informational
The Fuzzy Caterpillar 2 880L 863 Multi-Skill Fiction
The Kitchen Encyclopedia Index 2 N/A 83 Text Structure Original, Informational
Doppleganger 3 500L 169 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Cayden's Rock Collection 3 530L 278 Multi-Skill Fiction
A Memorial Day Trip 3 570L 330 Multi-Skill Fiction
Number of Stars 3 730L 235 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Strongest Muscle 3 760L 323 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Golf Balls 3 780L 284 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Baseball 3 790L 375 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Saying Merry Christmas 3 790L 742 Main Idea Fiction
Sneezing 3 790L 293 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Alphabet 3 790L 261 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Cutting Onions 3 800L 216 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Chewiest, Berriest Candy Company 3 820L 287 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
What Makes Hair Turn Gray 3 820L 301 Cause and Effect Original, Informational
Nails 3 830L 386 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Roller Coasters 3 830L 369 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Snowflakes 3 830L 309 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Crepes 3 840L 263 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Lemurs 3 840L 272 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Largest and Smallest Flowers 3 860L 302 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Eating Bugs 3 870L 258 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Coriolis Effect 3 870L 354 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Blinking 3 880L 272 Cause and Effect Original, Informational
How Fast Can Humans Run? 3 890L 256 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Pastry, Pies, and Tarts 3 890L 323 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Why Do Fingers Wrinkle? 3 890L 334 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Vampires 3 900L 302 Original, Informational
One Million Dollar Bill 3 1000L 415 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Lick Your Elbow 3 1020L 246 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Kitchen Encyclopedia 3 N/A 290 Text Structure Original, Informational
How to Shoot a Free Throw 4 690L 237 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
How to Turn a Double Play 4 710L 185 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Polar Bears 4 710L 311 Cause and Effect Original, Informational
The Goose and the Golden Egg 4 720L 114 Multi-Skill Fiction
The Town of Coober Pedy 4 720L 234 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Diving Dogs 4 800L 270 Cause and Effect Original, Informational
The Value of Hard Work 4 810L 394 Multi-Skill Fiction
The Ring of Fire 4 880L 337 Main Idea Original, Informational
Archery 4 890L 273 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Farmer and the Snake 4 910L 214 Character Study Fiction
Goldfish 4 940L 669 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Bermuda Triangle 4 940L 286 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Stonehenge 4 980L 331 Main Idea Original, Informational
Sea Cucumbers 4 1000L 623 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Basketball 4 1030L 378 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
La Tomatina Festival 5 690L 192 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Sleep 5 700L 456 Drawing Conclusions Original, Informational
Gardening with Grandpa 5 760L 259 Compare and Contrast Fiction
Teddy the Buckskin Horse 5 790L 319 Character Study Fiction
The North Island 5 820L 212 Main Idea Original, Informational
Glowworm Grotto 5 840L 212 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Forest Fires 5 850L 273 Main Idea Original, Informational
Hares, Wild and Tame 5 850L 745 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Cinderella Around the World 5 860L 355 Compare and Contrast Fiction
Fire Safety 5 860L 273 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Alligators and Crocodiles 5 880L 269 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
See You Later, Alligator 5 880L 269 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Stage Fright 5 880L 377 Multi-Skill Fiction
Robot Handshake 5 920L 230 Drawing Conclusions Original, Informational
Golf 5 1000L 494 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Snowbirds 5 1000L 277 Drawing Conclusions Original, Informational
The Trojan Horse 5 1030L 1409 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
History of the Toothbrush 5 1060L 146 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Lynx 5 1090L 835 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Squirrels 5 1100L 981 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Build an Emergency Kit 5 1110L 194 Drawing Conclusions Original, Informational
Haunted House 6 750L 506 Multi-Skill Fiction
One-Way Ticket to Mars 6 790L 204 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Becoming a Runner 6 830L 291 Cause and Effect Fiction
Cooking with Aunt Sheila 6 830L 291 Compare and Contrast Fiction
Stranded in Italy 6 850L 394 Context Clues Fiction
Jackie Robinson 6 870L 349 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Battle of the Oranges 6 870L 342 Main Idea Original, Informational
Earth vs. Mars 6 880L 233 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Margaret 6 880L 461 Multi-Skill Fiction
The First Human-Like Robot 6 910L 230 Drawing Conclusions Original, Informational
Fun at the Beach 6 980L 251 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Sweden's Ice Hotel 6 990L 277 Drawing Conclusions Original, Informational
Checkers 6 1050L 302 Main Idea Original, Informational
The Golden Eagle 6 1150L 1114 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Bed Bugs 6 1180L 419 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Wild Boar 6 1200L 797 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Plastic Cups 7 830L 195 Main Idea Fiction
The Great Debate 7 870L 209 Compare and Contrast Fiction
Think Before You Share 7 880L 391 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Butterfly Garden 7 890L 483 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Mosquito Control 7 920L 180 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Michael Jordan 7 930L 374 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Blackfoot Creation Myth 7 950L 941 Multi-Skill Fiction
Exotic Creatures 7 960L 242 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The World's Quietest Place 7 990L 235 Drawing Conclusions Original, Informational
Mary Lennox - Secret Garden Excerpt 7 1000L 331 Character Study Fiction
Joining the Choir 7 1010L 268 Cause and Effect Fiction
Global Warming 7 1040L 272 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Tornadoes and Hurricanes 7 1040L 285 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Managing Spam 7 1130L 310 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Presentation 7 1170L 229 Main Idea Fiction
The Street Fair 7 1180L 162 Drawing Conclusions Fiction
Worms and Viruses 7 1200L 177 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Puberty 7 1250L 1108 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Irving, Texas 8 800L 252 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Queen of Hearts 8 890L 334 Multi-Skill Fiction
Muhammad Ali 8 960L 392 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Serena Williams 8 970L 259 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Down the Old Street 8 980L 435 Multi-Skill Fiction
Igloos 8 980L 154 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Weeds 8 1000L 535 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Looking at Mao Zedong 8 1010L 224 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Pandora's Box 8 1020L 214 Drawing Conclusions Fiction
Sleeping on the Space Station 8 1020L 470 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
E-Readers 8 1050L 224 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Spring Break 8 1050L 270 Compare and Contrast Fiction
Editing a Newspaper 8 1180L 576 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Washing and Dyeing Wool 8 1180L 560 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Table Etiquette 8 1200L 1079 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Underage Drinking 8 1220L 336 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Huck Finn Excerpt 9 900L 298 Multi-Skill Fiction
Buenos Aires 9 1110L 260 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Beekeeping 9 1160L 168 Drawing Conclusions Fiction
A Beautiful Shawl 9 1180L 290 Compare and Contrast Fiction
Exploring Space 9 1190L 294 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Moths vs. Butterflies 9 1220L 219 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
On the Stage 9 1240L 219 Main Idea Fiction
Rainforest Frogs 9 1290L 269 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Measuring Weather 10 1000L 306 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Stinky Shoes 10 1010L 206 Main Idea Fiction
Debating Books 10 1060L 319 Compare and Contrast Fiction
Pedal or Motor? 10 1210L 272 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
The Sled Race 10 1210L 240 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
A Dose of Energy or Sugar? 10 1230L 308 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Interview 10 1240L 154 Drawing Conclusions Fiction
To the Extreme 10 1240L 313 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Faith Cure Man - Excerpt 11 800L 583 Multi-Skill Fiction
Extreme Temperatures 11 1130L 276 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Facing Facebook 11 1150L 300 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Pros and Cons of Obamacare 11 1180L 273 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Benefits and Risks 11 1270L 271 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Pets -or Threats? 11 1320L 315 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Job Search 11 1330L 299 Compare and Contrast Fiction
Human Trafficking 11 1690L 394 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Dark Forest 12 1110L 569 Multi-Skill Fiction
Watching the Tube 12 1220L 207 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
Trains vs. Planes 12 1290L 325 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Goodbye Pencil, Hello Keyboard 12 1330L 317 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
With and Without Words 12 1330L 207 Multi-Skill Original, Informational
The Tooth Tattoo 12 1360L 216 Drawing Conclusions Original, Informational
Making the Most of the Summer 12 1390L 289 Compare and Contrast Original, Informational
Amusement Park Labor 12 1470L 794 Multi-Skill Original, Informational