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Grade Level Estimation: 1st
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This page contains our collection of 5th grade articles, poems, and stories. Each passage includes reading comprehension questions for students to answer.
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Non-Fiction ArticlesHitchhikers in the Bathroom Free
Pseudoscorpions are tiny, harmless scorpion-like creatures that can sometimes be found in bathrooms. Read about these interesting arachnids and answer the questions. (non-fiction)April Fools Member
Find out why people play jokes and pull pranks on each other every April 1st. (non-fiction)Spitting to Survive Free
Find out how llamas, archer fish, cobras, and humans use their spit to help them survive. Then, answer the comprehension questions that go along with the article. (non-fiction)Skydiving: Dive Into Action Member
Find out what it takes to be a skydiver. Learn about the necessary equipment, training, and world skydiving records. (non-fiction)John Muir Member
John Muir was a wilderness conservationist who lived in the 1800s. This fascinating article describes his writings, his political influence, and his role in history. (biography)Great White Sharks Member
Look out! The world's second largest, and most ferocious shark may be swimming in an ocean near you. (non-fiction)Hurricanes: Nature's Wildest Storms Member
Over ten pages of hurricane information and comprehension questions. Use part or all of this amazing resource.Seahorses Member
Did you know that a seahorse can't swim well and it can actually die of exhaustion in rough water? Learn many seahorse facts in this article. (non-fiction)Reading Without Seeing Member
Using the braille alphabet, blind people can read without being able to see. This packet of worksheets contains and article and braille activities.Attack of the Killer Algae Member
Learn about a variety of invasive algae that is taking over sea floors and killing sea life. (non-fiction)Sensitive Plant Member
A sensitive plant is a unique houseplant that can instantly fold up its leaves when it is touched. (non-fiction)Railway Mechanic Jim Member
Jim describes the many fascinating duties of his job as a railway mechanic. (article)The Liberty Bell Member
A quick-read passage about an American symbol for freedom. (short, non-fiction)Seeing Red Member
Learn how ladybugs got their name, and why some farmers love them.Dwarf Planets Member
Why isn't Pluto considered a planet any more? Find out by read this article about dwarf planets.The Helpful Llama (Non-Fiction) Member
Discover how llamas are helpful to people by providing transportation, wool, and meat. They also assist sheep dogs in herding sheep.Master of the Grasses (Non-Fiction) Member
Learn about our planet's largest species of rodent, the capybara.Jaguars Member
Discover how jaguars live and hunt, and learn why these beautiful animals are endangered.Rainforest, Part 1: Layers Free
Learn about the four layers on the rainforest- the emergent layer, the canopy, the understory, and the floor.Rainforest, Part 2: Hoatzin Bird Member
Learn about one of the rainforest's most colorful birds, the Hoatzin.Dads, Greek God Style Member
Read about the strange and unusual fathers in Greek mythology, including Uranus, Cronus, Zeus, and Heracles.Elephant Seals Member
These unusual animals spend most of their lives at sea, but occasionally climb onto Pacific beaches for a period of rest and molting.
What's a clockatoo? It's a unique animal that's never tardy. Read this imaginative poem to find out more. (poem)Hyperbole Cafe (Poem) Free
Eat at the hyperbole Cafe, where the noodles are a mile long, the vegetables are piled as high as a mountain, and the soup dish is as deep as the sea.The Spelling Bee (Poem) Member
When a bumble bee is entered into a spelling contest, we discover she's not such a great speller after all.Flibbertigibbet (Poem) Member
Read the poem and discover the meaning of a flibbertigibbet, and decide whether or not you'd want to be one.My Watch (Poem) Member
This is a charming poem about a person staring at a watch, wondering if it gets bored of telling time.To the Ferry (Poem) Member
A group of people stop for ice cream while waiting for a ferry to come. What happens when they stay at the ice cream shop too long?What Kitten Sees (Poem) Member
A kitten looks up at a Christmas tree and enjoys the shiny glass ornaments and twinkling lights. (poem)Fairy Dance (Poem) Member
A magical fairy is spotted dancing in the garden after a rain shower.Opossums (Poem) Member
Your students will love this fact-filled poem about an opossum mother who takes care of her three joeys.Rafflesia (Article & Poem) Member
Comparing texts: Article and Poem; Read about the World's Stinkiest Flower!
Fiction StoriesHeroes in the Sky Member
When Jason finds a model Huey on Grandpa Bill's desk, he wants to hear all about his grandfather's job in the Vietnam War. But while he learns about helicopters and the war, he also discovers what a hero his grandfather is.Field Day Champion Member
Andy can almost feel the first place medal around his neck, but when the last challenge of the field day is a hula hooping competition, Andy will learn what it means to be a true field day champion.Hidden Treasure Member
A poor peasant finds a treasure, but why does he decide to give it away? Students read the passage and answer the questions that follow. (fiction / fable)Graduation Party Member
It might be Kurt's graduation party but Chris is getting stuck doing all the work, and he doesn't think it's fair.Wailing Well Member
Charlie is the toughest girl in the fifth grade, but when she's dared to look into the "Wailing Well" and find out if a kid-hungry troll really lives there, she's afraid she'll lose her reputation. Charlie must find the courage to prove that some scary stories are just that--stories. (fiction)Leaving Her Mark (True Story) Member
A true story about a pony with an artificial leg. The pony has a unique horseshoe shaped like a smiley face, allowing her to "leave her mark" wherever she walks. (true story)Locked Out Member
Trevor is excited to stay home alone for the first time, but when he takes the dogs outside to play and gets locked out for hours, he'll find out being home alone comes with some responsibility.A Team for Trish (Fiction) Member
Team captains choose Trish last when dividing the class for a basketball game, but her classmates are surprised to discover that Trish is a terrific player.The Twister (Fiction) Member
Michelle is afraid to ride the new roller coaster, The Twister, on her class trip to the amusement park, but she doesn't want to let her friends down either.Holiday Musical Blues (Fiction) Member
Lisa hopes she'll get one of the lead roles in the holiday musical, but she's upset that no one will recognize her in the special part she was chosen for.
BiographyLewis Caroll (Biographical) Member
An article about Lewis Carroll's inspiration for writingClara Barton (Biography) Member
Find out how and why Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross, shortly after the Civil War ended.Louisa May Alcott (Biographical) Member
Read about Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, and answer the comprehension questions.Jane Addams (Short, Biographical) Member
A short, biographical passage about women's rights' activist and founder of Chicago's Hull House, Jane Addams.Founding Fathers (Short, Biographical) Member
A short passage about the importance of our country's Founding FathersJohn James Audubon (Biographical) Member
Learn about the famous naturalist and artist, John James Audubon
See also:Second Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Fiction stories and non-fiction articles for students at a second grade reading levelThird Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Text for students who are reading at a third grade reading levelFourth Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Non-fiction texts and fiction stories for students who are reading at a fourth grade reading levelMiddle School Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Passages for students who are reading above the fifth grade levelLiterature Circle and Book Club Worksheets
Book report forms, literature circles roles, book bingo, and other reading worksheetsAnimal Articles
Short articles about many different animal species, with comprehension questions
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