5th Grade Reading Comprehension Passages

Reading Passages, Questions & Answers - Fifth Grade

Below you’ll find 5th grade reading comprehension passages along with questions and answers and vocabulary activities. These printable 5th grade practice activities are helpful for struggling readers or students who just need extra comprehension practice!

Marilla Makes Up Her Mind

Anne Shirley is a young orphan who has been sent to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert who are growing old. They are brother and sister and had wanted a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew on the farm. Anne arrived instead. Marilla is determined Anne should be sent…

When Wendy Grew Up

In the final chapter of Peter Pan, all the Darling children have returned home from their adventures with Peter in Neverland. Mr. and Mrs. Darling have agreed to adopt all the Lost Boys. Peter, however, is still hoping to convince Wendy to return to Neverland with him. ——————————-  Mrs. Darling…

The Gold Rush: Rise of the Golden State

California was forever changed the day James Marshall saw flakes of gold sparkling in the American River. Between the years of 1848 and 1855, the discovery of gold would inspire more than 300,000 people to move to California. This “gold rush” helped California to officially become a state. James Marshall…

Paul Finds A Lot Of Money

Steve grabbed his bat and glove. “See ya later, Mom. I’m going to Paul’s.” He raced out the door and slammed it behind him. Summer vacation just began. The boys planned to play baseball every day, so they could make the freshman team. Paul was waiting outside for Steve. “What…

The Deadly Desert Crossed

This passage is from The Road to Oz, a sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In this book, Dorothy meets new friends on her way to visit Oz again. The shaggy man is a wandering man that she and her dog, Toto, met in Kansas. Button-Bright is a little…

Stop That Noodle!

Mario and his brothers were cooking dinner as a surprise for their parents. Vincent was stirring the spaghetti as it cooked in a pot of hot water. Joseph was opening the jar of fresh tomato sauce his mother had made from scratch. And Mario was trying to keep little Johnny…

Delos

This story from Greek mythology uses many of the Roman names for the gods. Zeus is called Jupiter, Hera is called Juno, and Neptune is the Roman name for Poseidon. —————————– Long before you or I or anybody else can remember, there lived with the Mighty Folk on the mountain…

Robert Louis Stevenson: Pirate Tales, Treasure Maps, and Monsters

Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was very sick as a child. He suffered from fevers and coughs which confined him to bed. His imagination kept him company. He loved listening to stories and dreaming up stories. Robert’s father wanted him to study…

Helen Learns Words

Helen Keller was a remarkable woman. She was born in Alabama in 1880. When she was just a small child, she became very ill. She recovered, but lost her sense of sight and hearing. She was so very young that she had not learned to talk much. She could communicate…

Here’s the Spin on Tornadoes

Over the years, movies and books have used tornadoes to sweep their characters off to magical lands, to destroy entire cities, or to defeat a superhero’s dangerous super villain. All of these tornadoes have one thing in common: they are incredibly powerful. Tornadoes are large, destructive columns of spinning air…