A series of reading passages that can be used to help students understand the topics viewed by science.

Science is always helping us better understand the universe. There are many cool things that many of us just do not know. Did you know that fleas have super powers (not really, but it seems like that). If we had the jumping power of fleas, they would need to raise the basketball hoop about 750 feet. A six foot person could easily jump about 760 feet. Did you know that only 1 percent of the water on Earth is drinkable? 97 percent of the water on earth is salt water. The remaining 2 percent is frozen. Another strange one, male seahorses actually give birth to their young.

All of these science reading worksheets focus on content. They are open reading passages that can be used for a wide range of purposes and that is up to you the teacher. We built this section of worksheets based on the request by the Riverdale Teachers Association. They wanted free range reading passages to be able to use with the Reading in the Content Area classes. One great skill that many teachers apply to this is to have students write questions of their own based on the passage in order to assess comprehension. This is not only a great critical thinking activity, but a solid writing activity. Let us know how you are using these with your classes. The passages range in target reader levels from grade three to grade eight. A great idea is to have students create question sheets to go along with each passage. An answer key for bonus points too.

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The Owl Monkey

Owl monkeys are unusual because they are the only monkey in the world that sleeps during the day and forages by night. This causes them to have very large, round brown eyes.

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Arbor Day

All the students in Mrs. Wilson's class were excited. Today was Arbor Day and they were having a field trip to plant trees at the park.


Dinosaurs lived over 200 million years ago during the Jurassic period until they went extinct during the Cretaceous period. T

Earth Day

Mr. Conway told all his student's that Earth Day was coming up soon and they should all come up with an idea for a project. Whichever idea was the best would be the activity that the whole class would participate in on Earth Day.

What's Shaking

Tyler was listening to Mrs. Wilson talk to the class about history when suddenly the room began to shake. Books fell off of shelves and the lights went out.

Elements and Compounds

Elements are the most basic substances that all matter is composed of. A substance that is an element cannot be broken down by chemical reactions into anything simpler.

Ethan and the Environment

Ethan loved the weekends. He got to play his video games on the computer and watch T.V.

Day at the Farm

All the children in Mrs. Wilson's class climbed onto the big yellow bus, talking excitedly. They were taking a field trip to see a farm. The bus drove a long way past fields of yellow and green, until finally they got to the Patterson Farm and Orchard.

Fun with Food

Mike's class had been learning about food and nutrition. His teacher, Mrs. Fisher decided that every Friday they would have a food party.

Forces of Nature

Mother Nature is powerful and amazing in ways that are hard to fathom. So much of nature we take for granted without even seeing it; the blue sky above us full of light fluffy clouds or the green grass growing under our feet that we hate to have to mow.


Kevin turned on the TV, excited to watch his favorite show, but the weather was on instead. Kevin sighed, feeling bored. The weatherman kept going on about the ocean having a warm surface temperature, over 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the winds being 38 miles per hour.

MayBee a Better Bee

Once there was little bee, who lived in a nest in the ground. She helped dig tunnels under the loose soil with chambers at the end where they stored food for their offspring.

The Life of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, CA on February 24, 1955 and adopted by his parents Paul and Clara Jobs. He grew up in Silicon Valley where he developed a love of electronics at an early age.

The Sticky, Smelly Human Body

The human body is amazing, with bones, muscles, and organs all working together along with a circulatory system and a nervous system.

The Drink Stand

Jake and Anna were having a fundraiser for their team. They got permission to set up a booth in front of the grocery store where they could sell drinks. They had packets of Tropical Punch mix.

The Science of Surfing

Have you ever watched surfers riding the waves, or even gone surfing yourself? If you have, you've seen physics in action.

Birth of the World Wide Web

We use the internet and the World Wide Web every day, in countless ways. Your parents use it for their jobs, to pay bills, and to find and share information.


Robert and Emma were lost, and the sky had filled with dark clouds. They both realized that soon it would start raining, and they both wanted to get back to camp before they got soaked.

The Baobab Tree

Have you seen the movie The Lion King? The wise baboon Rafiki lived inside a big hallow tree. It is called a baobab tree and they can be found in Africa and Australia.

My Home in the Rainforest

Welcome to my home here in the rainforest. It’s called that because we get over 80 inches of rain per year.

Simple Machines are Simply Physics

Building machines may seem very technologically advanced, but in truth people have understood and used machines for centuries. A machine is something that makes work easier by changing the direction or amount of force on an object.

How Fruit Gets Sorted

The next time you go to the grocery store, take a good look at the produce department.

The Hubble Telescope

Imagine what it would be like to see through space, without the Earth’s atmosphere to hinder your view. What if you could see vast distances, hundreds of light years away? J


A tsunami (pronounced soo-NAH-mee) is a series of gigantic waves caused by large displacements of water. The word comes from the Japanese words for harbor and wave.

Battle of the Volcanoes

Nalukea and her brother Alika live in the state of Hawaii. It is actually a group of islands made of five overlapping volcanoes. Two of the volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea, are both still active and encompass the Hawai i Volcanoes National Park.

Crater Lake

Johnny walked up the steep path of Cleetwood trail through the forest with his dad. No roads had been built leading up to the water’s edge and this was the only way there.


Have you ever looked at the clouds in the sky and noticed how beautiful they are, or tried to find funny shapes in them?