Reading Comprehension For 4th Graders - Worksheets & Quizzes

4th grade reading comprehension worksheets on the author's purpose, inferences, facts and opinions, and personification.

4th grade reading comprehension worksheets for guided reading, close reading, morning work, or for teachers to set as homework. The following 4th-grade reading comprehension digital worksheets are designed for teachers and parents to work on building inference skills, the authors' purpose, and distinguishing fact from opinion with 4th graders. Story-specific flashcards and a checkpoint multiple-choice question quizzes are at the end of each worksheet to check for comprehension and understanding. These play-to-learn worksheets can be used on any electronic device.

4th grade reading worksheets

Common Core Standards for Literacy and Informational Texts

Our author’s purpose, fact vs. opinion, and inferences 4th-grade reading comprehension worksheets work on the following Common Core Standards.

  • CCSS.RL.4.1, CCSS.RL.4.2, CCSS.RL.4.3, CCSS.RL.4.4, CCSS.RL.4.5, CCSS. RL.4.5, and RL.4.6.
  • Reading Comprehension Informational Text Worksheets: RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.6.

The Author's Purpose Reading Comprehension For 4th Graders Practice

To deeply understand and comprehend a text, students must work on the author's purpose and the reasons behind a specific piece of text. In this short reading comprehension for 4th graders e-worksheet, students will read the short comprehension passages and answer multiple-choice questions to check for their understanding.

What is the author's purpose?

The Author's Purpose Practice

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

Life Cycles

Every animal and plant on earth goes through life cycles. Life cycles are a series of stages in that particular thing's life, so for example, a cat is first a kitten, a human is born as a newborn, then becomes a baby, a toddler, and so on. 

Plants, for example, start their lives as tiny seeds, and the seed germinates with the help of soil, sun, and water. The plant then grows roots and stems, which push them toward the sun. Leaves begin to grow, and the plant develops flowers which help the plant produce more seeds through pollination, which starts the life cycle over again.

The Movies

I love going to the movies. The crunch of the popcorn, the soft, comfortable seats, and a movie screen bigger than my TV at home. The experience is wild!

Spring Break

My Spring Break was amazing! I went to see my uncle in Florida, and he took me to the Walt Disney World Resort, and oh boy, was it fun! I got to ride the Big Thunder and see some awesome fireworks. I even got to stay in the park, so we had 2 whole days of fun. I didn't get to go on the new ride, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, because I am only nine, but I want to go back when I'm older!

Reading Comprehension Author's Purpose Question Quiz

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In the Life Cycle passage, what is the author trying to do?

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In the Movies passage, what is the author trying to do?

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In the Spring Break passage, what is the author trying to do?

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Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions Practice

The following 4th-grade reading comprehension worksheets work on making inferences and drawing conclusions from the text. They ask students to think about the text and interpret contextual clues on what they are reading. Scroll down for the checkpoint quiz and interactive flashcards designed for electronic devices.

Making inferences

Drawing conclusions

Why is making inferences and drawing conclusions important?

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

Once there was a woman who would travel the world for the king. She would sail for months at a time, bringing back treasures and treats from wherever she went.

The great explorer would return and show her gifts to the king. She traveled to France and brought back cheese. She traveled to Italy and brought back pasta. And on one trip, she traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, past the Caribbean Sea, and found herself in Mexico.

When she returned, she impressed the king with cactus leaves, exotic herbs, and ancient artifacts. The king was delighted and told the explorer she could have one week to visit anywhere in the world.

Despite the many countries the explorer could choose, she decided to go home and spend time with her family.

Reading Comprehension Inferences and Conclusions Question Quiz

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Why did she decide to go home?

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Why did the king give her a week to visit anywhere in the world?

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Why did the explorer bring back gifts, treasures, and treats?

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Think about which answer makes the most sense to draw a conclusion from the following comprehension passage.

Despite the many countries the explorer could choose, she decided to go home and spend time with her family.

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Fact vs. Opinion Practice

In this reading comprehension for 4th graders' e-worksheet, students must distinguish fact from opinion. Scroll down for a story-specific reading comprehension multiple-choice quiz from context clues in the text.

What is a fact?

What is an opinion?

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Orcas, or killer whales, are one of the largest marine mammals from the dolphin family. Some say they are named "killer whales" after sailors noticed groups of orcas hunting larger whale species, but their Latin name, Orcinus orca, also infers this.

Orcas eat fish, seals, sea lions, dolphins, and other sea animals. Some orcas are very picky and only eat specific animals.

Orcas don't sleep like humans do. They have to remain conscious even when sleeping so they don't drown or suffocate. Orcas only sleep using half of their brain. One half stays alert, and the other goes to sleep. Maybe this is what makes them so intelligent!

Reading Comprehension Inferences and Conclusions Question Quiz

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Are the following statements based on a fact or an opinion?

Some say they are named "Killer Whales" after sailors noticed groups of orcas hunting larger whale species.

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Orcas only sleep using half of their brain.

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Maybe this is what makes them so intelligent!

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Orcas, or killer whales, are one of the largest marine mammals from the dolphin family.

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Personification Practice Flashcards

Read the sentence, identify the object or animal and how it is being personified, and then flip the flashcard to reveal the answers in bold.

Check out our personification page for more examples!