In Class Reading Assignments For 5th

Grade 5 Reading Comprehension

Use these free, printable worksheets to practice and improve reading comprehension. All worksheets are pdf files.

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Reading Worksheets - Leveled

These grade 5 reading comprehension worksheets are taken from a series of leveled reading workbooks ranging in difficulty from A to Z, according to the Fountas and Pinnell grading system.  The full workbooks are available for download from our bookstore from only $2.49 / book.

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Each 5th grade reading passage is followed by 5-6 questions which the student should answer by writing full sentences in the space provided.  Many of the questions are 'open ended' and as such we do not provide an answer sheet.  The passages vary in difficulty with some passages having more challenging vocabulary.

After the Flood   Fiction, 700 words

Alex and Amanda’s First Concert    Fiction, 800 words

The Astronomy Project    Fiction, 600 words

Best Friend BluesFiction 560 words

"Bring your Pet Day" Disaster  Fiction, 510 words

Curious about Careers: Engineering Non-fiction, 440 words

Curious about Careers: Teacher Non-fiction 540 words

Dinner Disaster Fiction, 860 words

Fairy Followers Fiction 790 words

Fossil Mystery  Fiction, 535 words

The Goose Voyage  Fiction, 650 words

Henry Ford Non-fiction, 390 words

Horses  Non-fiction, 405 words

How to Care for a Pet Fish  Non-fiction, 605 words

How to Make Animations  Non-fiction, 520 words

Jump Around  Fiction, 500 words

Mystery of the Broken Pie  Fiction, 840 words

Space Based Astronomy   Non-fiction, 360 words

The Best Vacation Ever   Fiction, 560 words

Finders Keepers   Fiction,   730 words

What Police and Detectives Do   Non-fiction,   720 words

Historical Reading Worksheets

Each historical passage or fable is followed by four questions.  Questions for grade 5 students focus on prediction, inference and character traits.

I Will Think of It       Non-fiction, 435 words

Bruce and the Spider       Fiction, 380 words

A Ship in a Storm      Non-fiction, 530 words

Susie and Rover         Fiction, 580 words

The Story of Regulus      Fiction, 660 words

Humming Birds          Non-fiction,  300 words

Horatius at the Bridge     Fiction, 720 words

Harry and Annie     Fiction, 330 words

The Fairy Tree    Fiction, 800 words

Sennin the Hermit     Fiction, 560 words

The Bonfire in the Sea   Fiction, 740 words

Queen Hulida and the Flax,   Fiction,  640 words

Little Red Riding Hood,   Fiction, 590 words

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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Absolute Location

Week 12 Reading Comprehension (E-12). A segment about how latitude and longitude is used for navigation. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.5.1, RI.6.1. RI.7.1

Apprentice System

Week 34 Reading Comprehension (E-34). A passage about the apprentice system practiced in early North America. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

Atmospheric Layers

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.5.1, RI.6.1. RI.7.1

Broken Promises

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

Convection Currents

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1, RI.6.1

Converting Fractions to Decimals

Week 26 Reading Comprehension (E-26). A math segment about converting fractions to decimals. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1, RI.6.1

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.5.1, RI.6.1. RI.7.1

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

Escaping Persecution

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.5.1, RI.6.1

Excretory System

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

Exponential Notation

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1, RI.6.1

Extreme Weather

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

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.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.5.1, RI.6.1

Indentured Servants

Week 28 Reading Comprehension (E-28). A passage describing how indentured servants became common on large plantations. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.4.1, RI.5.1

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