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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elements and Atoms


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Habitat Destruction


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Classifying Triangles


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

Kinds of Angles


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

Galileo and His Telescope


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

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.