Reading Comprehension For 5th Graders - Flashcards & Quizzes

Interactive, paperless worksheets for teaching reading comprehension for 5th graders.

Improve your reading comprehension activity strategies with these 5th-grade reading comprehension worksheets for guided reading, close reading, morning work, homeschooling, or to set for homework. These paperless reading comprehension for 5th graders worksheets are easy to access with any electronic device. They work on 5th-grade reading comprehension skills, such as cause and effect, building vocabulary through context clues, summarizing texts, and figurative language practice. Multiple-choice interactive quizzes are at the end of each section to check for understanding and for teachers and guardians to assess and evaluate using the Common Core Standards.

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Common Core Standards for Literacy and Informational Texts

Our cause-and-effect e-worksheets, context clues practice, and summarizing text questions work on the following Common Core Standards.

  • CCSS.RL.5.1, CCSS.RL.5.2, CCSS.RL.5.3, CCSS.RL.5.4, CCSS.RL.5.5, and RL.5.6.
  • Reading Comprehension Informational Text Worksheets: CCSS.RI.5.1, CCSS.RI.5.1, CCSS.RI.5.2, CCSS.RI.5.3, CCSS.RI.5.4, CCSS.RI.5.5, and CCSS.RI.5.6.

Cause and Effect Practice Worksheet

This cause-and-effect 5th-grade reading comprehension e-worksheet works on students identifying the cause and effect of the relationship between the Sun, Moon, and Earth. Students will read the short comprehension passages and answer multiple-choice questions to check for understanding.

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Cause and Effect Keyword Flashcards

Here are some interactive keyword flashcards that can help you identify where you might find information about the cause and effect in a text. Flip the flashcard and get an example sentence using each signal word.

Read the following nonfiction passage a few times by clicking the right arrow and then scroll down to take the checkpoint quiz. As you're reading, think about the cause and effect of the relationship between the Sun, Earth, and Moon.

The Earth, Sun, and Moon are the three space objects that impact our lives the most. The Earth is the planet we live on, the planet under your feet right now. Therefore, without the Earth, we wouldn't have anywhere to live. The Sun is a star that warms our planet and gives us heat and light. So, it is very powerful. Earth's Moon creates tides and makes Earth more livable.

The Moon orbits the Earth, and the Earth orbits the Sun. If the Earth was thrown off its orbit, the Sun's gravity could cause the Earth to fly straight toward the burning Sun; luckily, the Moon’s gravity pulls on the Earth and keeps us safe and in orbit.

The Earth is around 383,400 km from the Moon, and the Sun is around 147 million km from Earth. Though they are different distances, they look the same size in the sky. This is because the Sun is around 109 times bigger than the Earth.

Because they appear to be the same size, the Sun, Earth, and Moon work together to create eclipses. So, we get a solar eclipse whenever the Moon is directly between Earth and the Sun, causing all of the sun’s light to be blocked by the Moon. When the Earth moves between the Moon and Sun, the Earth's shadow darkens the surface of the Moon, so much so that we get a lunar eclipse. The Moon will often turn a dark shade of red due to the change in sunlight.

Reading Comprehension Cause and Effect Question Quiz

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Select the appropriate cause from the following effects.

The planet is warm, and humans are able to see. What is the cause?

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The earth remains safely in orbit. What is the cause?

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A lunar eclipse is in progress. What is the cause?

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The Moon is directly between Earth and the Sun, causing all of the Sun’s light to be blocked. What is the effect?

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Context Clues - Building Vocabulary Practice Worksheet

The text around unknown words can hint at their meaning, even when the word is unfamiliar. In this 5th-grade reading comprehension worksheet, students will practice identifying the meaning of new words to build their vocabularies using context clues in the text. Scroll down for the interactive reading comprehension multiple-choice quiz questions based on the texts.

What are context clues?

As you’re reading the following passages, pay attention to the words in bold and the context clues that help you understand the meaning.

Read the following passages a few times by clicking the right arrow and then scroll down to take the checkpoint quiz.

Beckoned

Sophie's dad moved his head and beckoned her to come and talk with him.

Debate

The student council decided to organize a debate over whether they should have to wear school uniforms or not.

Hesitated

She hesitated over her decision because, on the one hand, she wanted to go to the birthday party, but on the other, she wanted to get her homework done before the weekend.

Scanned

After looking, Rachel scanned the menu options and decided to get a burger and fries.

Shaken

The recent bad weather had shaken the neighborhood. The streets were flooded, the trees were blown over, and the electricity was off.

Reading Comprehension Context Clues Question Quiz

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Based on the information in the passage, what do you think beckoned means?

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Based on the information in the passage, what do you think debate means?

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Based on the information in the passage, what do you think hesitated means?

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Based on the information in the passage, what do you think scanned means?

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Based on the information in the passage, what do you think shaken means?

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Figurative Language Practice

Figurative language makes stories, texts, and sentences way more interesting. When working on reading comprehension for 5th graders- students need to understand how devices like metaphors and similes give context and depth to what they read.

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Here are some short passages. As you’re reading, think about what type of figurative language the author uses.

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Passage One

Sandra isn't coming to school today. She feels a little under the weather, so we'll keep her home. Let us know if she has any schoolwork to do.

Passage Two

"Why don't you try and get some homework done," said Mom.

"I'm banging my head against the wall trying to do my homework, Mom; it's so hard"! Danny said.

Passage Three

Masie was as cool as a cucumber going into her math test. She studied hard and knew she would get a good grade.

Reading Comprehension Figurative Language Question Quiz

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What type of figurative language is used in passage two?

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What type of figurative language is used in passage one?

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What type of figurative language is used in passage three?

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Based on the information in passage two, which of the following statements about Danny’s homework is true?

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Based on the information in passage three, which of the following statements about Masie is true?

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Based on the information in passage one, what can we summarize about Sandra?

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