Reading Comprehension For 3rd Graders - Flashcards & Quizzes

Save time on planning your 3rd-grade reading comprehension strategies with interactive quizzes, flashcards, and worksheets for electronic devices.

Reading comprehension for 3rd graders is the stepping stone to creating curious and knowledgeable students in reading. In the following 3rd-grade reading comprehension worksheets, students will work on fact vs. opinion to identify whether statements made represent facts or opinion; with a short quiz at the end, they will also work on comparing and contrasting an account of a short nonfiction story about two African animals to identify how the animals are alike and how they differ. Scroll down for reader-level stories N-P suitable for 3rd graders at home or school.

3rd grade reading worksheets

Common Core Standards for Literacy and Informational Texts

Our fact vs. opinion and comparing and contrasting 3rd-grade reading comprehension worksheets work on the following Common Core Standards.

  • CCSS.RL.3.4, CCSS.RL.3.6, and CCSS.RL.3.9.
  • CCSS.RI.3.2, CCSS.RI.3.6, and CCSS.RI.3.9.

Our reader-level N-P 2nd-grade reading comprehension worksheets work on the following Common Core Standards.

  • CCSS.RL.3.1, CCSS.RL.3.3, CCSS.RL.3.4, CCSS.RL.3.5, CCSS.RL.3.6, and RL.3.7.
  • CCSS.RI.3.1, CCSS.RI.3.2, CCSS.RI.3.3, CCSS.RI.3.4, CCSS.RI.3.6, CCSS.RI.3.7, RI.3.8.

Fact vs. Opinion

Students in the 3rd grade need to learn how to distinguish fact from opinion. In this 3rd-grade reading comprehension worksheet, students have to read the short text and answer some comprehension questions to identify whether statements in the text represent a fact or an opinion. Scroll down for a quick reading comprehension checkpoint quiz based on the text.

What is a fact?

What is an opinion?

The Perfect Gift

Read through the story and as you go, identify what might be a fact and what might be an opinion to answer some reading comprehension questions.

Note: a teacher or guardian should read along with the student and give help when needed.

Simply scroll down to read the story and click the right button to move on to the next page.

It was almost the winter holidays, and Louise still hadn't bought any gifts. Her brother, Fred, was visiting, and she needed to find the perfect gift for him. Last year Fred bought her a new watch, and she wore it every day. Mom always took Louise shopping to buy gifts, but she was too busy with work this year.

Louise was looking online for gift ideas when her dad asked her to go with him to the mall. Her dad showed her a sweater in the mall with a Star-Wars picture. Her dad thought Fred would love it, so Louise bought it.

She also saw a Star Wars backpack, and she thought it would be a great gift for Fred. When they got home, she showed her mom, and her mom said Fred would love them.

Reading Comprehension The Perfect Gift Question Quiz

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Are the following statements fact or opinion?

Louise’s mom thinks that Fred will love the gifts.

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Louise wears the watch Fred gave her every day.

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It was almost the winter holidays.

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Louise and her dad went to the mall.

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Louise's mom was too busy with work to take her shopping.

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Louise thinks the backpack would be a great gift for Fred.

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Comparing & Contrasting

Here is a short text followed by a reading comprehension quiz suitable for 3rd graders. Students must read the text and then, using contextual clues, answer questions to identify what the characters have in common and what makes them different.

Note: a teacher or guardian should read along with the student and give help when needed.

What is comparing?

What is contrasting?

African Animals

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Africa is home to many of the world's most famous animals, animals that you often see in zoos and on T.V. programs around the world.

Lions, tigers, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, and leopards are some of them, and they each have similarities and differences in how they live. As you are reading, think about how they are different and what makes them similar.

Lions are mammals, and they live in groups or packs. African lions mostly live in sub-Saharan Africa, in grasslands and savannas, where they find water and prey. To eat, they hunt for zebras, deer, and other animals every few days. Lions also sleep for about 16-20 hours a day. Lions used to live in other parts of Africa, but now they are at risk of extinction in North and West Africa.

Plains zebras live in grasslands and savannas in Africa's east and south sub-Saharan. Zebras are mammals, and they live in groups or herds. To eat, they find grass, leaves, and herbs; zebras are herbivores. They sleep for about 7 hours a day but are always alert, so they don't get attacked. There are 3 types: the plains zebra, Grevy's zebra, and mountain zebra, all native to Africa, but mountain zebras and Grevy's zebras are at risk of extinction in Kenya, Ethiopia, Namibia, and South Africa.

Reading Comprehension African Animals Question Quiz

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The animals are mammals.

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This animal eats grass, leaves, and herbs.

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This animal eats zebras, deer, and other animals.

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They live in the sub-Saharan grasslands and plains.

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They are at risk of extinction.

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3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets with Quiz & Flashcards

The following reading comprehension for 3rd-grader digital worksheets are designed to be used on an electronic device and include common high-frequency words and topics suitable for 3rd-grade students. We have a nonfiction reading comprehension worksheet for reading levels N-P with standard-based topic-specific flashcards and a quick quiz to check for understanding.

Seasons Around The World Short Reading Comprehension Story, Flashcards & Quiz - N-P

Simply scroll down to read the story and click the right button to move on to the next page. The first slideshow is for reader levels N, the second for O, and the last one is for P.

Level N

The four seasons, winter, summer, spring, and fall, have different types of weather. In winter, it is normally cold, and plants find it hard to grow. In spring, plants and flowers grow, and trees blossom. Summer is the hottest time, and there is the most daylight. It is cooler in fall, and leaves fall from the trees, ready for winter.

What is your favorite season?

Level O

There are four seasons, and the seasons change depending on where you live. The Equator divides the Earth into two halves, the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Seasons in the Northern hemisphere are opposite to those in the Southern hemisphere. So that means that in countries like Argentina and Australia, winter starts in June as they are in the Southern hemisphere. In countries like France, U.S., and England, winter starts in December as they are in the Northern hemisphere.

The four seasons, winter, summer, spring, and fall, have different types of weather. In winter, it is normally cold, and plants find it hard to grow. In spring, plants and flowers grow, and trees blossom. Summer is the hottest time, and there is the most daylight. It is cooler in fall, and leaves fall from the trees, ready for winter.

What is your favorite season?

Level P

There are four seasons, and the seasons change depending on where you live. The Equator divides the Earth into two hemispheres or halves. There are four hemispheres, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western, and seasons in the Northern hemisphere are opposite to those in the Southern hemisphere. So that means that in countries like Argentina and Australia, winter starts in June as they are in the Southern hemisphere. In countries like France, U.S., and England, winter starts in December as they are in the Northern hemisphere.

Dividing the world into Eastern and Western hemispheres has historically been based on what countries own or have, but now, it is used for geography and politics. The Eastern hemisphere was called the "Old World," and the West was called the "New World." However, these names aren't used now.

The four seasons, winter, summer, spring, and fall, have different types of weather. In winter, it is normally cold, and plants find it hard to grow. In spring, plants and flowers grow, and trees blossom. Summer is the hottest time, and there is the most daylight. It is cooler in fall, and leaves fall from the trees, ready for winter.

What is your favorite season?

Seasons Around The World Reading Comprehension Standard-Based Flashcards

These digital flashcards are designed to be used on an electronic device. They have story-specific keywords from each story and are grouped into reading levels N-P. You can use them to go over specific high-frequency words and vocabulary to complete the sentences. Simply flip the flashcard over, and get the answer.

Reading Comprehension Seasons Around The World Question Quiz

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Note: for reader levels N and O, answer questions 1-4. Reader level P can answer all of them after reading through the text.

1. From the text, what does it say happens to leaves in the fall?

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2. From the text, what does it say happens to the weather in winter?

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3. How many seasons are there?

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4. In spring, _________, and flowers _______.

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5. Seasons change depending on where you _________.

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6. The Eastern hemisphere was once called the ____________?

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7. The Western hemisphere was once called the ____________?

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8. Seasons in the Northern hemisphere are  ____________ to those in the Southern hemisphere.

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