Let's work with our fifth grade readers here with this collection.

These worksheets contain reading assignments and sets of questions for your 6th grade students. They will test their ability to remember and act on what they read. Question sheets may include such activities as short answer, multiple choice, research topics, art assignments, providing definitions for given terms, and more. There are multiple question sheets for each reading passage, so be sure to print them all. Students are given extended reading passages that they must fully grasp and harness in order to answer the questions that follow. Students are starting to understand the motive behind what authors write as well as figurative language, like metaphors. Our 6th grade students start learning to read at the full "book level" and begin to form reading endurance.

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Body Language Worksheet

Body Language

How do humans and other animals communicate with each other? Of course, humans communicate verbally by talking and making other sounds like laughing.

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Body Language Questions Worksheet

Multiple Choice Questions

These are questions that should accompany the previous reading worksheet. The question this example: What kind of communication is body language?

Body Language Short Answer Worksheet

Short Answer Questions

Watch a movie where a talented actor portrays a major character. Describe three scenes from the movie where the actor's body language contributes greatly to the scene.

Swimmer Worksheet

Swimmer Extraordinaire Reading Passage

Not many champion swimmers achieve Olympic records but in 1912 Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku won Olympic Gold and set a new world’s record in the 100-meter freestyle event.

Swimmer Multiple Choice Worksheet

Multiple Choice Questions

At first Duke Kahanamoku performed poorly at an Olympic qualifying meet in.

Swimmer Short Answer Worksheet

Short Answer Questions

Duke Kahanamoku is also famous for his contributions to surfing. Do some research and write a short report explaining why he was named Surfer of the Century in 1999.

Shakespeare Reading Worksheet

A Little about Shakespeare Reading Passage

This reading worksheet explores the life of Shakespeare. He did not come from a prominent family; his father was a glovemaker.

Shakespeare Multiple Choice Worksheet

Multiple Choice Questions

Besides being a playwright, Shakespeare was also a well-known what?

Shakespeare Short Answer  Worksheet

Short Answer Questions

What are the major categories of Shakespearean plays?

Heat Worksheet

Heat Conduction and Insulation Reading Passage

Have you ever boiled water? Almost as if by magic, applying enough heat from the stove burner causes the water to boil and ultimately change state from a liquid to steam, the gaseous state of water.

Heat Multiple Choice Worksheet

Multiple Choice Questions

Which of the following is a good conductor of heat?

Heat Short Answer Worksheet

Short Answer Questions

Modern as opposed to classical physicists define five states of matter. Do some research and list and define the five states of matter.

Making Movies Worksheet

Making Movies Reading Passage

Car chases, heroes and villains dangling from buildings, or enormous explosions keep movie viewers on the edge of their seats and make for top-selling movies.

Making Movies Multiple Choice Worksheet

Multiple Choice Questions

Bluescreen technology uses what color background?

Making Movies Short Answer Worksheet

Short Answer Questions

Explain what an illusion is. Why are magicians and movie makers illusionists?

Food Poisoning Worksheet

What is Food Poisoning - Reading Passage

Listen to the news these days and, more often than we'd care to hear, some food product is being recalled by the manufacturer due to the possibility of contamination by bacteria.

Food Poisoning Multiple Choice Worksheet

Multiple Choice Questions

Which of the following are symptoms of food poisoning?

Food Poisoning Short Answer Worksheet

Short Answer Questions

Why is food poisoning a dangerous illness for children and the elderly? If you don't know the answer, look it up.

Urban Trees Worksheet

The Value of Urban Trees Reading Passage

Normally when we think of a forest we picture a wooded area somewhere with acres of trees.

Urban Trees Multiple Choice Worksheet

Multiple Choice Questions

What kind of companies would benefit from investing in urban trees?

Urban Trees Short Answer Worksheet

Short Answer Questions

Write an editorial that urges homeowners to plant more trees on their property.

Roman Pantheon Worksheet

The Roman Pantheon Reading Passage

Located in Rome, Italy, the Pantheon is one of the most famous buildings remaining from ancient civilizations.

Roman Pantheon Multiple Choice Worksheet

Multiple Choice Questions

Who destroyed the original Pantheon?

Roman Pantheon Short Answer Worksheet

Short Answer Questions

Another major project constructed by Emperor Hadrian is known as Hadrian’s Wall. Do some research and explain what Hadrian's Wall was.

On Their Toes Worksheet

On Their Toes Reading Passage

he former Soviet Union produced two of the world's most famous ballet performers, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

On Their Toes Multiple Choice Worksheet

Multiple Choice Questions

Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union while he was performing where?

On Their Toes Short Answer Worksheet

Short Answer Questions

Edgar Degas is well-known for his paintings of ballet dancers. Do some research and locate a copy of one his paintings. Write a detailed descriptive essay on the painting.

Growing Puppy Worksheet

A Growing Puppy Reading Passage

Dogs come in many different sizes, shapes and colors depending upon the breed.

Growing Puppy Multiple Choice Worksheet

Multiple Choice Questions

How many stages are there in the development of a puppy into a young adult?

Growing Puppy Short Answer Worksheet

Short Answer Questions

People get frustrated with a large breed of dog at about one year of age. Based upon what you've learned from this reading, explain why this happens. What advice would you give to the dog owner?

Warning Worksheet

The Warning Reading Passage

When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase, every one told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no doubt at all that the place was haunted.

Warning Questions Worksheet

Warning Questions

Why do some people protest our modern, agricultural system? This one has an answer key attached.

Teaching Art Worksheet

On Teaching Art Reading Passage

The best things in an artist's work are so much a matter of intuition, that there is much to be said for the point of view that would altogether discourage intellectual inquiry into artistic phenomena on the part of the artist.

Teaching Art Comprehension Worksheet

Teaching Art Comprehension

Does the author believe that art can be taught?

Teaching Art Questions Worksheet

Teaching Art Questions

Why did Lord Canterville tell Mr. Otis that the house he was buying was haunted?

Video Game Industry Worksheet

A Career in the Video Game Industry Reading Passage

Do you love to play video games? Are you creative, dedicated, and determined to remain young at heart?

Video Games Question Worksheet


The most common path to finding a place in the video game field is to take courses related to game design at college.

Video Games Questions Worksheet

More Questions

What does the narrator remember doing in Sleepy Hollow when he was a child?

Waterfowl Reading Worksheet

Identifying Waterfowl Reading

What distinguishes one species of waterfowl from another?

Baseball Reading Worksheet

The Origin of Baseball Reading

Games resembling baseball in the United States have been referenced as far back as the 18th century.

Baseball Questions Worksheet

Baseball Questions

When did baseball begin to resemble the sport we know today?

Wants to Know Worksheet

Who Wants to Know? Reading

From Benjamin Franklin, His Autobiography 1706 - 1757. Explore a bit about his life.

Benjamin Franklin Questions Worksheet

Reading Questions

Which of the following is NOT a reason why Franklin decided to write his autobiography?

Dragonflies Reading Worksheet

Dragonflies Reading

Have you ever been outside in the middle of July and seen swarms of dragonflies? Dragonflies are large and strong.

Dragonflies Reading Questions Worksheet


Why do dragonflies do almost everything while flying?

Door Reading Worksheet

The Story of the Door Reading

Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable

Door Questions Worksheet


What causes Mr. Enfield to begin telling his story?

Second Brain Reading Worksheet

The Second Brain Reading Passage

Most of these neurons are occupied on a daily basis in breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and expelling waste, jobs that require chemical processing, mechanical mixing, and rhythmic muscle contractions - all things that take place independently of the brain in our heads.

Second Brain Questions Worksheet


What are most of the neurons in our second brain occupied by doing?

Insurance Worksheet

Insurance Explained Reading

A serious problem like a car accident or a house fire can be very expensive to recover from, and many people do not have access to the kind of money that fixing these problems requires.

Insurance Questions Worksheet

Insurance Questions

What is the purpose of insurance?

Study of Furniture Worksheet

The Study of Furniture Reading

To try to write a history of furniture in a fairly short space is almost as hard as the square peg and round hole problem. No matter how one tries, it will not fit.

Study of Furniture Questions Worksheet

Furniture Questions

Why does the author believe that the average person should study the history of furniture?

Humans and Cats Worksheet

What Do Humans Have in Common with Cats?

After studying the results of 3,000 cat personality tests, researchers in Australia have identified five human-like personality traits in cats.

Humans and Cats Questions Worksheet

Humans and Cats Questions

How many human-like personality traits have been identified in cats?

Strange Request Worksheet

A Strange Request Reading

From The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton

Strange Request Questions Worksheet


What is one of the interests of Justine Brent's crowded yet lonely life?

What Reading Skills Should 6th Graders Have?

As students approach language arts skills in the 6th grade it is all about increasing their level of comfort with more intricate texts and expressing themselves at a higher level with written expression. When it comes to reading 6th grade students are asked to think more while they read and analyze what they are reading. This is also where students start to explore more genres of literature as they learn there is more to it than just fiction vs. nonfiction. Students are tasked with finding evidence in what they read to validate their argument whether it be an opinion or fact that they are trying to back up. In addition to supporting what their points students are often tasked with comparing texts at this level.

6th grade is an integral stage of development for students; it’s a crucial time for learning as the age students are at is the prime time to teach them skills and help them retain those skills for life. Anyone can pick up reading as a habit at any stage in life. However, like most productive past times, reading comes naturally to readers who started off earlier. If you want to help your 6th grader improve reading and develop greater reading skills, there is a criterion you can use to enable them to polish their reading skills. Continue reading this blog to discover what reading skills 6th graders should have to become better readers and retain reading as a habit.

Developing Vocabulary

In 6th grade, students learn to use their language skills and polish their reading and writing by expanding their vocabulary. The easiest way to develop vocabulary in 6th graders is through speech. Talk to them like adults. 6th graders are on the verge of adulthood and appreciate it when they aren’t treated like kids, so use bigger, better words when conversing with them. However, just because they don’t want to be treated like kids doesn’t mean they aren’t kids anymore, so remember to explain and elaborate on the meanings of words that you feel may confuse them. 6th graders should be able to define, use and link words correctly.

The relationship between words is also important; 6th graders should have the knowledge and practice to connect words in a sensible manner. You can help 6th graders develop their vocabulary by providing them with prominent literary works where rich language is used that they can learn from and understand. Moreover, 6th graders should be able to create a logical relationship between words to understand their meanings. For instance, if a 6th-grade reader doesn’t know the meaning of a particular word, they should be able to look at the other words used in the sentence to deduct the meaning of the word they haven’t learned before.

Reading Comprehension

It is essential for 6th graders to develop reading comprehension as a skill because it enables them to understand and connect the main ideas of a text. 6th graders can review different texts from media outlets such as newspapers or magazine clips, or articles available online to practice reading comprehension. Through reading comprehension, 6th graders should be able to compare and contrast different ideas when reading. 6th graders need to learn how to differentiate between the main ideas provided in a passage and identify what theme each paragraph represents by understanding the meaning and concept behind the passage. An analysis of a passage can enable 6th graders to polish their reading skills by comprehending the meaning and clarifying each idea.

Responding Accurately to Literary Works

If you want to polish your 6th grader’s reading skills, you can ensure retention of their learning by asking them to respond to literary works. If the student truly understands the meaning and main ideas of a literary work, they will be able to piece together an appropriate response. After reading, students can be asked to connect significant literary works to similar pieces of literature and define the characteristics of each piece. 6th graders can establish their reading skills by identifying the sentence structure, figurative language, punctuation, etc., and then comparing two different literary works by looking at each of these elements.