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4th grade

Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Tests

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– made especially for the fourth grade

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4th grade worksheets instructions

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We constructed it this way in order to reduce the amount of pages you need to print.
We encourage you to print the version with the answers just once, for your own reference.

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We more strongly encourage you to use these texts online. Other than ecological reasons, practicing reading comprehension online is also much easier to grade, simplifies tracking of progress, adaptive to the level of the specific student, and increases motivation to practice with the students.

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4th grade teaching tips

Readers in the fourth grade should develop more advanced skills as they pertain to reading unfamiliar words. This includes using their understanding of the sounds letters make, syllabic patterns, prefixes, suffixes, and root words to accurately read unknown words. Likewise, fourth graders should be able to explain the general type of informational text they’re reading, such as cause and effect, comparison, or chronology. The tips discussed below enable the development of these and other reading comprehension skills.

Visualize What the Text is Discussing

By encouraging readers to visualize what they’re reading, they will be more likely to understand it. For example, if a student is reading about what happens when water boils, they can visualize the process of adding water to a pan, turning on the range, heating up the water, and watching the steam rise as the water boils. This kind of visualization also facilitates an understanding of the type of reading – that it’s a process of cause and effect. Visualization is best used when students focus on events, people, places, or things.

Expose Readers to Word Meanings in Multiple Settings

Part of enabling students to learn how to read and decode unfamiliar words is to help them explore words in different types of settings. That is, instead of simply presenting students with new words by writing it on the board and having them copy it down, explain the meaning of the word, pick out the root of the word and discuss it, ask children to identify the prefix or suffix, and so on. Then, give students the opportunity to engage with the word in informational texts, literature, or even simpler readings, like magazines. The more opportunities children are given to learn new words, the more capable they will be of deciphering unfamiliar ones.

Use a Word Map

Graphic organizers like word maps are an excellent tool for encouraging improved understanding of words and word structures. A word map helps readers understand how words relate to one another by associating them with synonyms and antonyms. For example, students might learn the meaning of increasing by associating it with synonyms like expanding and antonyms like decreasing. Simply write the primary word, in this case, increasing, with lines connecting it to the associated words expanding and decreasing. Each associated word should be identified as a synonym or antonym.

 

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4th grade worksheets

Below are 10 reading comprehension worksheets and tests that are accurately measured to fit the 4th grade level.

Working With Chocolate

Topic

Working With Chocolate

Lexile level

630

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Answering questions with evidence, Identifying the main topic and key ideas,Sequencing questions.

Vacation Opinions

Topic

Vacation Opinions

Lexile level

610

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Facts vs. opinions inference, Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas.

Selena’s Birthday

Topic

Selena's Birthday

Lexile level

500

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Cause and effect comprehension, Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

My Favorite Color

Topic

My Favorite Color

Lexile level

530

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Understanding figurative language, Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

Managing Her Illness

Topic

Managing Her Illness

Lexile level

530

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view, Cause and effect comprehension

Grocery Store Bags

Topic

Grocery Store Bags

Lexile level

640

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Identifying intent and conclusions, Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

Dorado Alerts

Topic

Dorado Alerts

Lexile level

910

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Understanding figurative language, Identifying a problem and solution described in the text, Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

Cody Likes to Run

Topic

Cody Likes to Run

Lexile level

530

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral ,Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Cause and effect comprehension

Carpet Shopping

Topic

Carpet Shopping

Lexile level

700

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

Identifying a problem and solution described in the text, Cause and effect comprehension, Identifying the main topic and key ideas.

A Mystery

Topic

A Mystery

Lexile level

630

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Cause and effect comprehension, Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view