Worksheets set to help out third grade level students with reading comprehension skills.

At the 3rd grade level, we highly suggest that encourage students to read aloud as often as possible. This forces them to slow down and pace how they read passages. This leads to long self-processing time which long term will improve their comprehension of what they read. In order to do this successfully you will need to reassure students that your room is a safe space to read aloud. You will need to work to maintain a positive climate when struggling readers are reading aloud, but after a few behavior corrections, it become the classroom norm. I would also encourage teachers to be included in the reading aloud period. I prefer to start that way the tone is set for the room, but other teachers use this in many different ways. See what works for you. Third grade students should be focused on learning new words, mostly with their decoding skills.

Over most of our 3rd Grade reading comprehension worksheets students will read a short, one-page passage, such as a fun short story or informative piece, and be asked to answer multiple-choice questions about it. There are three sheets for each separate reading passage, so be sure to print them all (we have numbered them to help out). We hope these worksheets help students expand their vocabulary as well as help them start taking an active role in expanding their personal knowledge base. At this level students should begin to look at extended version questions as well as reading longer passages. The worksheet set tries to complement this.

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Where Does Chocolate Come From?

Chocolate that we eat starts with cacao trees, also called cocoa trees. Cacao trees grow in a warm climate like Central and South America, Africa or parts of Asia.

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Chocolate Multiple Choice Questions

Choose the best answer from the four choices.

The Best Garden Helper

Many years ago I moved from the city to the country. One of the first things I did was to make large vegetable garden. It was hard work to change the grassy area to a fine garden.

The Best Garden Helper Multiple Choice Questions

What kind of dogs are Fritz and Heidi?

Grandmothers, Baby Chicks and Other Things

Teachers have moms and dads, brothers and sisters, and grandmothers and grandfathers just like you do too.

Chick Babies Multiple Choice Questions

Where does this story take place?

Labrador Retrievers

Do you know which breed of dog is the most popular in the United States right now?

Labs Multiple Choice Questions Worksheet

What color is not appropriate for a Labrador retriever?

A Bit About Peanut Butter

The first peanut butter was interesting because the liquid peanut oil would float to the top of the peanut butter after a little while.

A Bit About Peanut Butter Multiple Choice Questions

How many recipes did George Washington Carver have in his booklet?

The Family Piano

Any member of the family can learn to play the piano. Many talented and famous musicians discovered a love of music sitting at the piano when they were very young. T

Piano Multiple Choice Questions

If you know how to play the piano, who can you can play music for?

Potholes for Ducks

Many birds in North America migrate every year. During the fall when the weather starts to get cold, migrating birds fly to the south, some as far as South America in order to stay warm and find food in the winter.

Ducky Multiple Choice Questions

Which of the following birds are called waterfowl?

Skiing in the Desert?

Have you heard about the city called Dubai? It is located in the desert on the Arabian Gulf.

Dubai Multiple Choice Questions

Why aren’t there any windows in the indoor ski slopes in Dubai?

Snowshoe Rabbits

Do you think that a snowshoe rabbit wears snowshoes?

Snowshoe Rabbits Multiple Choice Questions

In what kind of area do people wear snowshoes?

Types of Clouds

A cloud is made up of many tiny drops of water or ice crystals that are so small they can float.

Types of Clouds Questions

Which clouds are called fog when close to the ground?

Types of Rocks

In stratified rocks, as time passes, new layers of sediment are deposited on top of the layers of rock that are already there.


TRUE or FALSE: All fossils are bones that have been found in the ground.

Learning To Work

How was the farm at Knob Creek different from other places Lincoln’s family had lived?


A reading passage about our favorite spiked friend.

Hedgehog Questions

Why did the man in the story borrow his friend’s hedgehog? What happened?

Teddy Roosevelt as a Boy

A third grade reading passage for you.

Teddy Roosevelt as a Boy Questions

What animals at his home did Roosevelt consider his pets?

Travel Poem

Describe the personality of the speaker. Explain your answer with text evidence.

Dinosaurs as Pets?

Ellie's parents were having a party. Ellie's mother was a famous scientist, and she introduced Ellie to another scientist she worked with.

Dinosaurs Questions

How does Ellie plan to keep the dinosaurs from being dangerous?

Stan Lee

I never knew his last name was really Lieber.

Wild Ponies Passage

It is believed that the original herd of ponies got on the island by surviving a shipwreck off the coast of Assateague.

Assateague Pony Question Sheet

It is believed that the original herd of ponies got on the island by surviving a shipwreck off the coast of Assateague.

New England Weather Passage

The passage below is an adaptation of the first paragraph of the essay "New England Weather" by Mark Twain.

New England Weather Questions

At the end of the paragraph, Twain uses metaphor to describe how much weather the man had collected. What is he comparing weather too? What can you deposit, invest, or give to the poor?

A Career in Graphic Design

Do you like to draw? Do you insist that a picture can tell as much of a story as words can? Do you love putting colors together to make a statement?

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a video game in which players create their own worlds and experiences in a virtual land.

Minecraft TRUE or FALSE

See what you know about Minecraft after a little reading.

What is Acupuncture?

Most people aren't familiar with acupuncture. Because it uses needles, people often think that acupuncture will hurt.

What is the Public Domain?

When a writer or artist creates an original work, that work is automatically protected by copyright.

Publice Domain Questions

What kinds of works can pass into the public domain?