Reading Comprehension Test For Grade 3 Printable Homework

Grade 3 Reading Comprehension

Use these free, printable worksheets to practice and improve reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing.  Included are fiction and non-fiction passages at a grade 3 level.  All worksheets are pdf files.

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Reading Worksheets - Leveled

These grade 3 reading comprehension worksheets are taken from a series of leveled reading workbooks ranging in difficulty from A to Z, according to the Fountas and Pinnell grading system.  The full workbooks are available for download from our bookstore from only $2.49 / book.

More Reading Worksheets

Each passage is followed by 6 questions which the child may answer by writing in the space provided or by verbalizing the answer to his tutor or parent. Texts can be fiction or non-fiction and are typically 350-450 words long. The text is approximately at a 3rd grade reading level.

Max's Good Habit    Fiction,  386 words

Amusement Park Problem   Fiction, 407 words

Anna and Her Basketball Adventure    Fiction, 350 words

Force   Non-fiction, 372 words

What are Clouds?    Non-fiction, 377 words

Hats in Harvard   Fiction, 450 words

Helping Hally   Fiction, 260 words

How to Make Ice Cream   Non-fiction, 290 words

Landforms   Non-fiction, 293 words

Life cycles   Non-fiction, 288 words

My New Scooter   Fiction, 422 words

The Solver    Fiction, 376 words

Tag Rules!   Fiction, 370 words

Amanda's News    Fiction, 391 words

Healthy Muscles Matter   Non-fiction, 450 words

Will the Wolf   Fiction, 459 words

Historical Reading Worksheets

Each historical passage or fable is followed by four questions.  Exercises for grade 3 students involve recalling information directly from the text as well as understanding concepts such as prediction, inference and character traits.

The Story of a Wise Woman     Non-fiction, 420 words

The Bee,    Fiction, 200 words

The Shoemaker and the Elves,   Fiction, 300 words

The Swift Runner,   Fiction, 410 words

Anne and Frank,   Fiction, 180 words

Fortune and the Beggar.   Fiction, 450 words

The Blind Men and the Elephant,   Fiction,  420 words

The Eagle and the Fox,  Fiction, 440 words

Ned and Rover and Jack,   Fiction, 425 words

The Whistle    Fiction, 550 words

Saving the Birds    Fiction, 600 words

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.

Be sure to check out all of our reading comprehension worksheets.

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.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

An Independent Nation

Week 35 Reading Comprehension (C-35). Reading segment about the time leading up to U.S. Independence. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.4.1

Classifying Triangles

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

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4

Community Connections

Week 26 Reading Comprehension (C-26). A passage about our communities and the interactions we have with other people. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.2.1, RI.2.4, RI.3.1, RI.3.4

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.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4

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.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

Displaying Data

Week 23 Reading Comprehension (C-23). A reading segment describing the use of data to make graphs. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

Elements and Atoms

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

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

Estimation

Week 25 Reading Comprehension (C-25). A passage and comprehension questions about using estimation on math problems Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

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.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4

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.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

Galileo and His Telescope

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

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.3, RI.2.4, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

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.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4

Habitat Destruction

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

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4

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.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4

Kinds of Angles

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

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4

Location, Location, Location

Week 29 Reading Comprehension (C-29). A brief passage about a location’s resources, climate and terrain affect livability. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.4.1

Making Predictions

Week 22 Reading Comprehension (C-22). A comprehension passage about using predictions before reading. Cross-Curricular Focus: Study Skills.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.2.1, RI.2.4, RI.3.1, RI.3.4

National Symbols

Week 27 Reading Comprehension (C-27). Reading passage about our national symbols like the flag and bald eagle. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

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.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4

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