Reading Comprehension Worksheets for 4th Grade

Students read the passages and answer the questions that follow to check reading comprehension. Passages are a mixture of fiction stories, non-fiction articles, poems, and biographies. Worksheets designed for students at a fourth grade reading level.

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Fiction Stories
Liz can't wait to see how her school picture came out, but when she sees it, all she can think about is getting retakes. That is until she finds a creative way to deal with the embarrassing photograph.
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Erik finds a strange-looking skeleton key in his grandfather's house, but what door does it open... and what will he find?
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When a stranger visits the house with her older brother, Ella becomes jealous.
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Jacob finds out his teacher isn't at school today and he will have a substitute. Will his substitute be nice? Or will he be the meanest teacher in the whole school?
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On her way to soccer camp, Tara worries what the other kids will say when they see the black stitches on her face.
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Maureen thinks fortune telling is spooky, but when her friend Becca pulls her to Madam Ursula's fortune telling booth, Maureen is quite surprised by her reading.
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Jackie is spending the day at her grandparents' farm, and she can't wait to explore the place her grandparents call the dinosaur graveyard.
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Matt and Allie want to win the High Flyer kite competition, but their design isn't nearly as exciting as the other competitors. They try to add some extra flare to the kite but it just might cost them the win.
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While Alicia helps her grandparents move into their new house, she finds an old diary in the attic. Alicia can't put the diary down since it was written by a dancer and Alicia dreams of becoming one. But when she finds out who the diary belongs to, she just might achieve her dream.
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Andy doesn't like going along with his dad on all the weekend errands. But when the final stop turns into an underwater adventure, Andy learns some errands can actually be fun.
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Read the fantasy story about Caroline's adventures in an enchanted forest.
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Justin and Mary are vacationing at their uncle's lake house, and when Uncle Thomas tells them about the Foggy Figure that haunts the lake, they're determined to see it with their own eyes. But the fog is holding a surprise they never would've suspected.
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When Marcus, Lexi, and Adam enter a labyrinth race, they discover there's more to winning a maze than just luck.
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Here's a fiction piece called "Singing Cousin". Nikki is worried that her cousin Bella will embarrass her in front of her friends. After all, Bella sang just about everything she said. Will Nikki make it through the three-day visit or will Bella's singing ruin everything?
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It's Emily's first time in New York City. Everything is bigger and brighter, but Emily can't help missing the peacefulness of home. Will the big city be big fun like her parents promised?
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Meredith can't find any of the things she needs to get ready for school, including her homework. She knows she didn't put them away but where could they have gone?
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When Michelle's best friend Paige suddenly becomes popular, Michelle feels left out. But when Michelle mumbles something mean about Paige and someone overhears, rumors start to run wild through the school. Can Michelle set things straight and get her friend back?
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Amy decides to hold an ethnic dinner night at her school to help earn money for a new computer lab.
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Laura wants to be elected the first class leader and wear a shiny gold badge for all to see, but when her best friend also runs for the position, Laura must decide if winning is more important than taking the position from someone who really deserves it.
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Cindy wants to win the community fishing contest by catching the biggest fish, but she gets a big surprise that may win her a trophy after all.
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When Phoebe has to make a flag of the country that best represents her nationality for the International Luncheon, she doesn't know what to do. She's eight different nationalities all in one. But with some creative thinking, Phoebe finds a way to create a flag that proudly displays who she is.
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Lance can't wait to go to the skate park with his older brother, Nathan. He even breaks his promise to work with Anthony on their science project. But when Nathan decides to go to a baseball game instead of taking Lance to the skate park, Lance will learn the true meaning of the word promise.
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Arianna is excited when her cousin asks her to be the flower girl in her wedding, but when Arianna's finds out flower girls are usually very young, she doesn't want to do it. Can her mother convince her that the job is about more than age in time for the wedding?
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Amara wants to make a tree house for her dolls, and thinks it will be easy since she's following an online tutorial. But she'll learn design flaws can happen even when you follow directions. The question is, will those design flaws ruin her tree house?
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Ethan can't stand the way Kyle is always following him around, but Ethan just might come to realize that he and Kyle have more in common than he thought.
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With basketball tryouts around the corner, Jason is busy working on his free throws. He wants to make every one to impress his coach, but shooting for perfection isn't easy.
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Hadley doesn't want her friends to know she puts on performances at the senior center after school, but when her best friend catches her in the act, she'll have to confess her secret plans to be an actress.
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Emily comes face-to-face with fierce tennis opponent, Big Bertha. Does Emily have what it takes to become a champion? Find out in this exciting reading passage!
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Terrance is terrified of spiders, so when his school trip is to go spider watching, he doesn't want to go. Still, his teacher is convinced Terrance will be amazed by the spiders' webs. Can the spiders' talents outweigh Terrance's fear?
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Ted wishes he could trade his older sister, Kate, for his neighbor Aaron, but when Aaron comes to spend the afternoon, Ted realizes he's glad he has Kate.
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With the charity dance just days away, Shauna wants to run and hide. But the dance is for a good cause and all her friends are going. She enrolls in a few dance classes and tries to learn enough not to embarrass herself. But on the night of the dance, she'll feel silly for a completely different reason.
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Shelby thinks she knows everything about Hayword Elementary and its students, but when a new girl shows up, Shelby jumps to the wrong conclusion about the girl's appearance.
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Daisy is ready for winter to be over and to enjoy spring, but snow still covers the ground. Can her older brother David find a way to bring spring to the snowy March they're having?
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Darren forgot all about his science project that's due tomorrow. Now he can't go to the new skate park with his friends. And how will he come up with a project in one day? But his mom saves the day with an idea that's exploding with fun.
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Darla and Erin are blaming each other for breaking their teacher's glass apple, but when they each explain what happened, they'll realize how they were only seeing one side of the story.
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When Valerie has to present a personal item to the class as a way to get to know her, she can't figure out what to bring. Everything in her room is either too personal or doesn't say much about her. But a package from her favorite aunt just might contain the answer.
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William can't wait for the new puppy to arrive, but when everyone is focused on the puppy and William isn't allowed to go to the park, he's not sure being a pet owner was what he thought it would be. Can he learn to put the puppy's needs first?
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When Jameson eavesdrops on his Mom's phone conversation, he thinks his mom is setting up a play date with the younger boy down the street. Jameson pretends to study to get out of it, but after he wastes the entire afternoon bored in his room, he discovers he missed a lot of the conversation he was trying to overhear, and he also missed out on an afternoon of fun.
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Kaylan and Cody try to the find the owner of a lost kitten.
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Reese spends his entire weekend trying to beat his new video game, but when he finally does, he's run out of time to write his English essay. Or has he? Daylight Savings just might save his English grade.
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Jamal has been training for his first 5K race and is determined to come in first in his age group, but he'll learn what it really means to be a winner.
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When Mr. Miller asks the class to name their fears, Clayton is sure he doesn't have any. But he'll learn that being afraid to admit your fears might be the scariest thing of all.
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Corrine loves the gymnastics unit at school, so when she steps into the gym and finds out they are watching DVDs of past Olympic Games, she's disappointed. But seeing the athletes gives her a great idea of how they can bring the Olympic Games to their school.
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When Michelle's best friend gets a horse for her birthday, Michelle wants one too. But it's not in her family's budget. Will this birthday be a flop or is there another way Michelle can learn to ride?
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Seth isn't happy about the project his teacher assigned, especially since he has to stay up late to complete it. But the perigee moon just might be more exciting than he realized.
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Sam is afraid his essay about his summer vacation won't impress his friends at school since he didn't go anywhere exciting, but he'll learn that what you do is more important than where you go.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Charla loves hanging out and going to the beach with Aunt Monica, but now that Aunt Monica is pregnant, Charla worries things are becoming all about the baby.
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Daniel can't wait to go to Disney World, but the long car ride is torture. He can't imagine a worse road trip until his father tells him about a nightmare of a trip he took as a kid. Now Daniel hopes there's enough time to hear all his mother's road trip stories, too.
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Pirates are about to embark on their first adventure.  (7 characters, 3 page script)
2nd through 4th Grades
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Poems
What's a rabbit habit?  It's when you love to eat rabbit food!   This entertaining poem promotes healthy eating.  Read the poem and answer the questions.
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A fun poem about children who play outside in the snow.
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While tossing a baseball back and forth with her sister, this girl makes an amazing catch.  This poem has a fun twist at the end that kids enjoy.
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A cute poem about inheriting traits from your family.
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This is a cute poem about a girl who wishes she had a butter churn in her kitchen.
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A thoughtful poem about what to do when you cannot sleep at night.
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This poem teaches students about writing similes. The worksheet that follows allows students to practice writing their own similes.
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This poem shows students many examples of metaphors. On the following page, students write their own metaphors.
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This fun poem presents students with many examples of onomatopoeia, such as bang, crash, boom, clang, and quack.
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The poet uses a color array or words to describe a sunset in this poem.
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A curious girl looks up into the brilliant sky and sees a dragon soaring her way!
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Some desert plants are adapted to thrive in dry and hot climates.
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A cute Christmas poem about a fashionable gingerbread man who writes a letter to Santa Claus.
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Students will enjoy this cute poem about the unusual names that trees are given.
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Comparing two texts - an article and a poem; Learn about Venus Flytraps and answer the questions.
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This poem shows how hard it was to live on the frontier long ago. Milking cows, darning socks, and hemming a dress were some of the many household chores.
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Non-Fiction Articles
Learn all about roly-poly pill bugs by reading this high-interest article.  Then, answer the comprehension questions.
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This article teaches students how and why we sneeze. 
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A persuasive article about the sport of running.
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Learn how the recycling process works, and what items can be recycled.
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In 1953, two climbers, Edmund P. Hillary and Tenzig Norgay, became the first men to climb to the summit of Mount Everest.
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From ancient cave discoveries to Aztec ceremonies to playing a part in the invention of the microwave, popcorn has a fascinating history.
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Read the compare and contrast passage about porpoises and dolphins. This article has a question page, a cut-and-paste Venn Diagram activity, and a vocabulary worksheet.
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The article explains how constellations got their names (comparing it to finding pictures in the clouds) and how the same constellation can be known by different names across the globe.
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Discover the stink bug - an animal that uses a noxious odor to scare enemies away.
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Non-fiction passage about desert cottontails, an interesting animal that lives in the American southwest.
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Learn about several birds that run and walk and swim instead of fly.
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Discover how polar bears have adapted to live in the Arctic.
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Students will enjoy reading about bats, skunks, owls, and other nocturnal animals.
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Learn about the big-eared, bushy-tailed fennec fox.
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A porcupine rattles its quills and sends off an unpleasant odor to protect itself.  Finding yourself on the wrong end of a porcupine's quills may be more thrills than you're looking for.
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Learn the similarities and differences between boas and pythons with this compare/contrast article.
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Learn how chewing gum and bubble gum was invented with this article.
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Learn the differences between crocodiles and alligators.
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A non-fiction article that describes the many unknown virtues of dandelions.
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A poem about a colony of ants jubilantly collecting crumbs for their queen.
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Learn about the anatomy and behaviors of one of the most feared spiders in the world.
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Ancient sailors may have seen manatees and thought they were mermaids.
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Read about the three different types of wetlands:  swamps, bogs, and marshes.
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Learn all about blimps, what they are used for, and how they work.
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This is an nonfiction reading comprehension worksheet about ostriches. This animal worksheet is geared toward fourth grade students. Students learn facts about the ostrich in a nonfiction article and answer reading comprehension questions to follow. Vocabulary exercises and a writing prompt are included.
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Are grasshoppers a farmer's friend or foe?  Actually, both.  Find out how grasshoppers can help and harm humans.
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When President Theodore Roosevelt wouldn't shoot a bear on a hunting trip, he became known as a kind and humane person.  The toy that was named after him reminds us of his legacy.
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Discover the similarities and differences between frogs and toads.
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Learn how walnuts grow, and why they're important to people.
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Discover many fascinating facts about chameleons.
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Read about the differences between carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores.
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This article describes the anatomy and habitat of major shark species. It also describes why many types of sharks are endangered.
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Learn about the events that cause winter, how animals prepare for winter, and wintertime activities people enjoy.
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Discover everything you wanted to know about spiny hedgehogs.
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Learn tons of fascinating facts about iguanas in this article.
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Biography
This short biography of Walt Disney is filled with interesting facts.  Students read the biography and test their comprehension with the questions that follow.
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This biographical article highlights the major events of Abraham Lincoln's life.
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This passage features an overview of George Washington's life.
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Students read the biography of Dr. Seuss, then answer the set of questions that follow.
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Read the passage about Rosa Parks and answer the comprehension questions.
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Short Passages
Learn the causes and effects of a toothache.
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A short poem about a young girl who can't walk in her mother's high heels.
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Quick-read passage teaches students about a cave that is so long, it hasn't been entirely mapped.
2nd through 4th Grades
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Another quick read paragraph with facts and questions about the Amazon River.
2nd through 4th Grades
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A short passage about haiku and three haiku poems.
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A short biographical overview of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
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See Also:
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A collection of reading passages and questions for 1st graders.

2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

A collection of reading passages and questions for 2nd graders.

3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

A collection of reading passages and questions for 3rd graders.

5th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

A collection of reading passages and questions for 5th graders.

Literature Circle and Book Club Worksheets

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Animal Articles

This collection of 3rd through 5th grade reading comprehension passages features articles about many different species of animals.

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Reading Comprehension Questions


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