A nice set of printable reading comprehension worksheets for fourth graders.

In the 4th grade we look for students to start to become a little more independent with their reading and attach a value of importance on reading. This is also the first grade level where reading level become self-evident to students. The strong readers seem to breeze through most of school while the struggling readers seem to be stuck in mud with their learning. This is why we encourage all 4th grade teachers to model a consistent self-reading program with students. What we mean by this is to share with your class what you are reading as an adult. At this level students as quietly searching for a role model and what better role model than their teacher. What I do is every Monday I set aside five minutes to explain to students what I read over the weekend. I ask students to make predictions on where the stories I am reading are going and we review their predictions the following Monday. Which ever student guesses correctly, I give them a sugar-free lollipop. This is pretty effective for getting students engaged.

These worksheets contain reading assignments and sets of questions for your fourth grade students. In this section we have a huge series of reading comprehension worksheets specifically designed for fourth grade students. We refer to the goal for this grade level as the CONFIDENCE Stage. We want young readers to start believing in themselves, to the point, where the start don't feel any fear of going off on their own reading away. This is usually the reading testing grade level for most students. Students are ready to read and comprehend a little more. They are just about ready for completely independent reading. You should really try to work with these sheets as much as possible.

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Printable 4th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

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A Visit with Sue Reading Passage

The bus made its way through the crowded streets of Chicago and soon the class could see the water of Lake Michigan. The teacher reminded everyone that Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes.

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A Visit with Sue Multiple Choice Questions

Sue was discovered in what state?

A Visit with Sue Activities

Use the Internet to find a picture of Sue the dinosaur skeleton at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Juggler in Training Reading Passage

One night at supper Jennifer announced, "I want to learn how to juggle. I brought home a book from the library that shows me how to start juggling."

Juggler in Training Multiple Choice Questions

In the first juggling lesson how many balls did Jennifer put on her head at one time?

Juggler in Training Activities

Have you ever quit an activity because you thought you weren’t good at it? Did you try again later and succeed?

Tuttle the Turtle Reading Passage

Tuttle was snug inside his leathery egg. It was completely dark but he didn't care because he was warm and safe in a nest in the sand. His mother had left Tuttle and his brothers and sisters hidden inside the nest.

Tuttle the Turtle Multiple Choice Questions

When the safest time for baby turtles to hatch?

Tuttle the Turtle Activities

A green sea turtle can stay submerged under the water for up to five hours. If a green sea turtle gets air at 11 a.m. at what is the latest time will it need to get air again?

Seconds Count Reading Passage

Friday night Christy started to get her outfit ready for the next day's event. She pressed her long-sleeve Western shirt and jeans. She checked the snaps on the sleeves of her shirt.

Seconds Count Multiple Choice Questions

What kind of competition were Christy and Trixie in?

Seconds Count Activities

Last year's champion enters the arena at a gallop. What are the different gaits of a horse?

The Aquarium Reading Passage

The bell rang and science class was over for the day. A couple of the kids stopped and asked Mr. Ramone if the class could take a field trip to the aquarium at the end of the school year.

The Aquarium Multiple Choice Questions

What was special about the shark tank? Who else in the classroom had visited the aquarium?

The Aquarium Matching Sheet

Identify Each Type of Ocean Creature

Fraidy Cat Grandma Reading Passage

Cousins Eddie and Emily couldn't believe their ears. Grandma Jordan was never afraid of anything. Why, they had heard her stories of driving her old hot rod Dodge Charger, bright metallic blue with a white top, way back when.

Fraidy Cat Grandma Multiple Choice Questions

Where will Grandma Jordan take Eddie and Emily after they have their shots?

Fraidy Cat Grandma Activities

Why do kids need to have immunization shots in order to attend school?

Teaching in 1776 Reading Passage

Seventeen year-old Becky Robinson was nervous about her job interview. She had never been more than five miles from her home and here she was in the small village of Brookline, Massachusetts, twenty-four miles from her home.

Teaching in 1776 Multiple Choice Questions

What skill was important to the committee that hired the new teacher?

Teaching in 1776 Activities

Locate pictures of old documents like the Declaration of Independence. Compare the handwriting on these documents with the handwriting of today.

Norman Rockwell - American Illustrator Reading Passage

Norman let his imagination flow with the stories. He could see the characters of the novels in his mind as he was engrossed in the stories.

Norman Rockwell Multiple Choice Questions

At school the kids used what name did the kids call Norman Rockwell?

Norman Rockwell Activities

Have a class discussion about why you shouldn't call other kids names or tease them. Talk about how Norman Rockwell felt when other kids did not treat him well because of how he looked or what he wore.

Ruby Bridges – A Girl Who Changed America

In 1960 segregation was practiced, especially in the southern states. One part of segregation was that white children attended school together and black children attended their own schools.

Ruby Bridges Multiple Choice Questions

Who helped Ruby every day in and out of school?

Ruby Bridges Activities

Why did the angry mob protest that Ruby was going to the school she was attending?

Fiddling Forever Reading Passage

There was no question about it, Sven was the best fiddler in the county and everyone loved to hear him play. He lived alone in the deep Minnesota woods and occasionally came to town.

Fiddling Forever Multiple Choice Questions

Where does this story take place?

Fiddling Forever Activities

This story is a version of an American folk tale. Explain what a folk tale is. If you don't know, look up the answer.

Cupid and Psyche Reading Practice

What can make love depart if it possesses the soul?

The Land of Counterpane Reading

What do you think the word counterpane means?

The Story of Narcissus

Why did the gods turn Narcissus into a flower?

Minerva and Arachne Reading

From Round the World in Myth and Song by Florence Holbrooke

Minerva and Arachne Questions

Where do Leda and the Swan appear in this story?

A Considerable Speck

Reading passage from Frost.

Frost Questions Sheet

Consider the final lines of the poem. There are two "displays of mind" in this poem. What are they? What does message does the poet convey ― explicitly and implicitly ― in the final lines of the poem?

Reading Comprehension Questions: Shiloh

Did Marty do the right thing when he made the deal with Judd? Why or why not?

Fiction Comprehension Journal

A template for journaling fiction.

The Magnetic Compass Reading

What did the Vikings invent, and how did it give them an advantage over other civilizations?

Day and Night

Why are day and night not equally divided into 12 hours each?

How The Rise of Cities Changed the World

Before the growth of what we call "civilization," people lived in small villages, and fed themselves by hunting and gathering.

Rise of Cities Changed the World Questions

What are two ways that the rise of civilization changed human societies?

Saved By A Dolphin Reading

From Fifty Famous People.

Saved By A Dolphin Part 2

The continued reading passage.

Saved By A Dolphin Questions

What does Arion ask the captain and the sailors to do?

A Clever Slave Reading

A story of the rich man Xanthus.

A Clever Slave Questions Worksheet

Why does Aesop choose the largest bundle? Why does this turn out to be the wise choice?

Seat Belts Save Lives Reading

What is the leading cause of death for people aged 11 to 27?

Baby Humpback Whales "Talk" to Mom Reading

Researchers in Denmark recently tracked two humpback whale mothers and eight baby calves to figure out how the babies signal hunger.

Baby Humpback Whales "Talk" to Mom Comprehension Questions

Why is the journey back with their mothers dangerous for the calves?

Five Fables

A fable is a short story that teaches a lesson. Read each fable. What lesson is it teaching? Write your answer on the line.

Five Fables Part 2

Includes: The Mouse and the Bull, The Fox and the Grapes.