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5th grade

Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Tests

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– made especially for the fifth grade

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5th grade worksheets instructions

All worksheets have 3 versions:

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Just the text

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The text with the questions

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The text with the questions and the answers

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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5th grade teaching tips

One of the important tasks for fifth-grade readers is to learn how to dissect informational texts. This means having the ability to explain how an author supports his or her main ideas with specific reasons or evidence. Likewise, readers at this level should have sufficient reading comprehension skills that allow them to read multiple sources on the same topic and summarize those sources in their own words. Students can use the following strategies to develop these skills.

Ask For Verbal Summaries of Readings

Being able to articulate in verbal form what was just read will help the retention of information and is an excellent practice for identifying key ideas and supporting details. Summaries needn’t be expansive, either. Begin by having the reader summarize one or two paragraphs to build skills and confidence, then work up to entire sections of text.

Play “Fact or Opinion”

Fact or opinion is a reading comprehension game that gets kids involved in reading multiple sources and comparing them. Provide the reader with a fact-based news article and an op-ed article, and ask them to read both. As they read, children should underline or highlight passages that they think are facts or opinions. Then, discuss the differences in both what was said and how it was said. This facilitates higher-order thinking skills and improves students’ ability to summarize readings in their own words.

Encourage Exploration of Multiple Points of View

Another way you can help fifth graders improve their ability to dissect texts is to ask them to consider the event they’ve read about from another viewpoint. For example, if the child is learning about the first Thanksgiving in the New World, the text likely recalls that event from the point of view of the European settlers. Having the child consider what it might’ve been like from the perspective of the Native Americans enables them to better understand the event they’re studying while also helping them develop the tools needed to remember key details and recall them in their own words.

 

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5th grade worksheets

Below are 10 reading comprehension worksheets and tests that are accurately measured to fit the 5th grade level.

Vet Emergency!

Topic

Vet Emergency!

Lexile level

600

Num of questions

9

Types of questions

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

The Winner

Topic

The Winner

Lexile level

740

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the author’s point of view.

Submarines

Topic

Submarines

Lexile level

750

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Central message, identifying the author’s point of view, identifying the main topic and key ideas.

Something Special

Topic

Something Special

Lexile level

710

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Central message, identifying the author’s point of view, identifying the main topic and key ideas

Softwoods and Hardwoods

Topic

Softwoods and Hardwoods

Lexile level

790

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

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

Clean-up

Topic

Clean-up

Lexile level

890

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Cause and effect comprehension, Identifying a problem and solution described in the text

Not a small problem

Topic

Not a small problem

Lexile level

600

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

Identifying intent and conclusions, Central message, lesson or moral

Juniper City Trains

Topic

Juniper City Trains

Lexile level

700

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Central message, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying chronological order.

Candy Store

Topic

Candy Store

Lexile level

800

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

lesson or moral, Identifying intent and conclusions, Identifying a problem and solution described in the text, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

Camels

Topic

Camels

Lexile level

750

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

lesson or moral, Facts vs. opinions inference, Identifying the main topic and key ideas.