5th Grade = Level 5

This page contains our collection of 5th grade articles, poems, and stories. Each passage includes reading comprehension questions for students to answer.

To display Common Core Standards for each reading passage, click the common core symbol Common Core located below each worksheet description.

Non-Fiction Articles
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)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Find out why people play jokes and pull pranks on each other every April 1st. (non-fiction)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Find out what it takes to be a skydiver.  Learn about the necessary equipment, training, and world skydiving records. (non-fiction)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Look out!  The world's second largest, and most ferocious shark may be swimming in an ocean near you.  (non-fiction)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Over ten pages of hurricane information and comprehension questions.  Use part or all of this amazing resource.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Using the braille alphabet, blind people can read without being able to see. This packet of worksheets contains and article and braille activities.
Kindergarten and 1st Grades
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Learn about a variety of invasive algae that is taking over sea floors and killing sea life.  (non-fiction)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
A sensitive plant is a unique houseplant that can instantly fold up its leaves when it is touched.  (non-fiction)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Jim describes the many fascinating duties of his job as a railway mechanic. (article)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
A quick-read passage about an American symbol for freedom.  (short, non-fiction)
3rd and 4th Grades
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Learn how ladybugs got their name, and why some farmers love them.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Why isn't Pluto considered a planet any more?  Find out by read this article about dwarf planets.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Discover how llamas are helpful to people by providing transportation, wool, and meat.  They also assist sheep dogs in herding sheep.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Learn about our planet's largest species of rodent, the capybara.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Discover how jaguars live and hunt, and learn why these beautiful animals are endangered.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Learn about the four layers on the rainforest- the emergent layer, the canopy, the understory, and the floor.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Learn about one of the rainforest's most colorful birds, the Hoatzin.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Read about the strange and unusual fathers in Greek mythology, including Uranus, Cronus, Zeus, and Heracles.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
The Visayan warty pig is one of the world's most critically endangered animals. It's a small species of wild pig that lives in the Philippines.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
These unusual animals spend most of their lives at sea, but occasionally climb onto Pacific beaches for a period of rest and molting.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Poems
What's a clockatoo?  It's a unique animal that's never tardy.  Read this imaginative poem to find out more.   (poem)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
When a bumble bee is entered into a spelling contest, we discover she's not such a great speller after all.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Read the poem and discover the meaning of a flibbertigibbet, and decide whether or not you'd want to be one.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
This is a charming poem about a person staring at a watch, wondering if it gets bored of telling time.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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?
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
A kitten looks up at a Christmas tree and enjoys the shiny glass ornaments and twinkling lights. (poem)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
A magical fairy is spotted dancing in the garden after a rain shower.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Your students will love this fact-filled poem about an opossum mother who takes care of her three joeys.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Comparing texts: Article and Poem; Read about the World's Stinkiest Flower!
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Fiction Stories
Strolling through a garden in a late summer evening can bring pleasure to all five senses. In this story, the narrator describes the wonderful sounds, colorful sights, rich aromas, and delicious-tasting food around her.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
It might be Kurt's graduation party but Chris is getting stuck doing all the work, and he doesn't think it's fair.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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)
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
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.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Biography
An article about Lewis Carroll's inspiration for writing
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Find out how and why Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross, shortly after the Civil War ended.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Read about Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, and answer the comprehension questions.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
A short, biographical passage about women's rights' activist and founder of Chicago's Hull House, Jane Addams.
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
A short passage about the importance of our country's Founding Fathers
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
Learn about the famous naturalist and artist, John James Audubon
5th Grade
View PDF worksheet
Common Core
Preview File
Save to filing cabinet
See also:
Second Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Fiction stories and non-fiction articles for students at a second grade reading level

Third Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Text for students who are reading at a third grade reading level

Fourth Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Non-fiction texts and fiction stories for students who are reading at a fourth grade reading level

Middle School Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Passages for students who are reading above the fifth grade level

Literature Circle and Book Club Worksheets

Book report forms, literature circles roles, book bingo, and other reading worksheets

Animal Articles

Short articles about many different animal species, with comprehension questions

Pictures of Our
Reading Worksheets

Reading Comprehension Article


Reading Comprehension Poem


Reading Comprehension Printables