5th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

The 5th grade reading comprehension activities below are coordinated with the 5th grade spelling words curriculum on a week-to-week basis, so both can be used together as part of a comprehensive program, or each can be used separately. The worksheets include fifth 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, or life sciences. This allows students to build their reading comprehension skills and reinforce knowledge in other subject areas. There are 36 weeks of fifth grade worksheets, following most standard school year calendars.

Absolute Location

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Week 12 Reading Comprehension (E-12). A segment about how latitude and longitude is used for navigation. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Apprentice System

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Week 34 Reading Comprehension (E-34). A passage about the apprentice system practiced in early North America. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Atmospheric Layers

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Week 32 Reading Comprehension (E-32). A segment about how Earth’s atmosphere is made up of several layers of gases in different mixtures. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.

Broken Promises

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Week 24 Reading Comprehension (E-24). A passage about how history’s story is a never-ending struggle for control over land. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Conflict Over North American Lands

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Week 18 Reading Comprehension (E-18). A passage about the time between the early 15th century and the mid 17th century. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Convection Currents

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Week 27 Reading Comprehension (E-27). A passage about convection currents, loops of moving air or water that transfer energy. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.

Converting Fractions to Decimals

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Week 26 Reading Comprehension (E-26). A math segment about converting fractions to decimals. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Dear King George

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Week 35 Reading Comprehension (E-35). A reading segment about the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Down the Hatch

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Week 14 Reading Comprehension (E-14). This reading segment outlines how the digestive system is made up of a group of organs that work together. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Escaping Persecution

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Week 31 Reading Comprehension (E-31). How some settlers who came to the English colonies in rth America tried to escape religious persecution Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Excretory System

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Week 17 Reading Comprehension (E-17). How the excretory system regulates the amount of water that you have in your body and helps remove waste. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Extreme Weather

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Week 33 Reading Comprehension (E-33). A passage and questions about how severe storms happen in low-pressure weather systems. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.

Fungi are Alive

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Week 15 Reading Comprehension (E-15). A reading passage that explains fungi and how different types of fungi can be used. Cross-Curricular Focus: Science.

Indentured Servants

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Week 28 Reading Comprehension (E-28). A passage describing how indentured servants became common on large plantations. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

It Circulates

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Week 11 Reading Comprehension (E-11). Passage and questions about the circulatory system, a transport system of the human body. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

It’s Elemental

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Week 36 Reading Comprehension (E-36). A comprehension passage and questions about matter and elements. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Meteorologists

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Week 30 Reading Comprehension (E-30). An outline of meteorology, the scientific study of the weather. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.

Oxygen Exchange

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Week 10 Reading Comprehension (E-10). A comprehension passage and questions about how respiratory systems work. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Rocky Relationships

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Week 21 Reading Comprehension (E-21). A passage and questions about the relationship between European colonists and the native American people. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Simplifying Fractions

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Week 19 Reading Comprehension (E-19). A math reading passage about simplifying fractions. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.