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

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.

These worksheets contain reading assignments and sets of questions for your sixth grade students. 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

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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Multiple Choice Questions

What kind of communication is body language?

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 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.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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.

A Little about Shakespeare Reading Passage

Shakespeare did not come from a prominent family; his father was a glovemaker.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

Short Answer Questions

What are the major categories of Shakespearean plays?

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.

Multiple Choice Questions

Which of the following is a good conductor of heat?

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 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.

Multiple Choice Questions

Bluescreen technology uses what color background?

Short Answer Questions

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

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.

Multiple Choice Questions

Which of the following are symptoms of food poisoning?

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.

The Value of Urban Trees Reading Passage

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

Short Answer Questions

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

The Roman Pantheon Reading Passage

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

Multiple Choice Questions

Who destroyed the original Pantheon?

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 Reading Passage

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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.

A Growing Puppy Reading Passage

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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?

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.


Why do some people protest our modern, agricultural system?

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.

Comprehension Questions

Does the author believe that art can be taught?


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

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?


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

More Questions

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

Identifying Waterfowl Reading

What distinguishes one species of waterfowl from another?

The Origin of Baseball Reading

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

Baseball Questions

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

Who Wants to Know? Reading

From Benjamin Franklin, His Autobiography 1706 - 1757.

Reading Questions

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

Dragonflies Reading

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


Why do dragonflies do almost everything while flying?

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


What causes Mr. Enfield to begin telling his story?

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.


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

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.


What is the purpose of insurance?

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.


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

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.


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

A Strange Request Reading

From The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton


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