3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

The 3rd grade reading comprehension activities below are coordinated with the 3rd grade spelling words curriculum on a week-to-week basis, so both can be used together as part of a comprehensive program, or each part can be used separately. The worksheets include third grade appropriate reading passages and related questions. Each worksheet (as well as the spelling words) also includes a cross-curricular focus on earth science, physical science, history, social sciences, mathematics and life sciences. This allows students to build their reading comprehension skills and reinforce knowledge in other subject areas. There are 36 weeks of third grade worksheets, following most standard school year calendars.

Gr3_Wk1_Forms_of_Matter

Forms of Matter

Week 1 Reading Comprehension (C-1). A reading passage and comprehension questions about the different forms of matter. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

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Converting Energy to Motion

Week 2 Reading Comprehension (C-2). A passage and questions about how energy can be stored and converted. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Gr3_Wk3_Evaluating_in_Math

Evaluating in Math

Week 3 Reading Comprehension (C-3). A reading passage and questions about the meaning of “Evaluate” when it is used in mathematics. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Gr3_Wk4_Waves_and_Currents

Waves and Currents

Week 4 Reading Comprehension (C-4). Brief outline describing waves and currents, and how they are related. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Gr3_Wk5_Sum_Difference

Sum Difference

Week 5 Reading Comprehension (C-5). Reading passage and questions about how addition and subtraction are related to each other. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Gr3_Wk6_Product_Quotient_Connection

The Product-Quotient Connection

Week 6 Reading Comprehension (C-6). Reading segment describing how multiplication and division are related to each other. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Gr3_Wk7_Atoms_and_Elements

Elements and Atoms

Week 7 Reading Comprehension (C-7). Reading passage describing the relationship between elements and atoms. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Gr3_Wk8_Traveling_to_the-Distant_West

Traveling to the Distant West

Week 8 Reading Comprehension (C-8). A segment and related questions about how people traveled to the west. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

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What Causes Reflections

Week 9 Reading Comprehension (C-9). passage describing how light waves hit an object to cause reflections. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Gr3_Wk10_Adapting_To_Survive

Adapting to Survive

Week 10 Reading Comprehension (C-10). A passage about how living things have certain adaptations that allow them to survive. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Gr3_Wk11_The_Tundra_Biome

The Tundra Biome

Week 11 Reading Comprehension (C-11). A description of the cold Tundra biome and animals that live there. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Gr3_Wk12_Habitat_Destruction

Habitat Destruction

Week 12 Reading Comprehension (C-12). A short passage about human impact on plants and animals. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Gr3_Wk13_Competing_for_Resources

Competing for Resources

Week 13 Reading Comprehension (C-13). A reading passage that describes how plant and animals compete for limited resources. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Gr3_Wk14_In_Danger_of_Extinction

In danger of Extinction

Week 14 Reading Comprehension (C-14). A passage about the Koala and how it faces possible extinction. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Gr3_Wk15_Geometric_Shape_Names

Geometric Shape Names

Week 15 Reading Comprehension (C-15). A reading passage and questions about how geometric shape names use number prefixes. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Gr3_Wk16_Phases_of_the_Moon

Phases of the Moon

Week 16 Reading Comprehension (C-16). Reading comprehension passage about the different phases of the moon. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.

Gr3_Wk17_Classifying_Triangles

Classifying Triangles

Week 17 Reading Comprehension (C-17). Passage and questions about equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangles. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Gr3_Wk18_Kinds_of_angles

Kinds of Angles

Week 18 Reading Comprehension (C-18). A description and comprehension questions about the different types of angles. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Gr3_Wk19_Galileo_and_his_Telescope

Galileo and His Telescope

Week 19 Reading Comprehension (C-19). A story about the origins of Galileo’s telescope Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Gr3_Wk20_Why_Does_the_Moon_Orbit_Earth

Why Does the Moon Orbit Earth?

Week 20 Reading Comprehension (C-20). A brief passage explaining why the moon orbit Earth. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.