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SPED

Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Tests

Free, printable and accessible online
– a perfect fit for SPED students

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SPED 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.

Use these texts online

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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SPED teaching tips

Take a Book Walk

A “book walk” is a pre-reading strategy for looking at a passage prior to reading it. Students will look at the title, illustrations, headings, bold or italicized print. This can be modeled by the teacher in a Think Aloud by describing what they see and how they use it to make predictions about the main idea of the story or what the key words might mean in the passage. 

Have a Word Wall

Post high-frequency words, sight words, theme-based or context-driven vocabulary words on the wall. Use the list for pre-reading discussions and as a reference for the SPED students to use while reading. It could also be used to introduce more advanced vocabulary words or color-coded for different parts of speech.

Semantic Web

Use a Semantic Web or a Word Web to determine the meaning of unknown words using context clues. A fun way to demonstrate this strategy to SPED students is to take a passage and replace a word with a nonsense word and write it in the center circle. As the teacher reads the passage, the students add what they know by drawing lines out from the circle and connecting it to the center. This provides a visual representation of how to use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words.

SPED worksheets

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

A Beetle in a Box

Topic

A Beetle in a Box

Lexile level

1310

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the main topic and key ideas, Identifying the author’s point of view

Before Band-Aids

Topic

Before Band-Aids

Lexile level

1190

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

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

Gluten Free Baking

Topic

Gluten Free Baking

Lexile level

1050

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

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

Latin as a second language

Topic

Latin as a second language

Lexile level

1070

Num of questions

8

Types of questions

Central message, lesson or moral, Identifying the author’s point of view, Identifying the main topic and key ideas

Dog Tricks

Topic

Dog Tricks

Lexile level

1090

Num of questions

6

Types of questions

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

Compost

Topic

Compost

Lexile level

930

Num of questions

5

Types of questions

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

The Truth About Coupons

Topic

The Truth About Coupons

Lexile level

850

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

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

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

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

Where We Live

Topic

Where We Live

Lexile level

470

Num of questions

7

Types of questions

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