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!

Sea Hag

From stormy seas, As waters churned, A gruesome lesson    Once was  learned By a foolish sailor One terrible day. He risked it all, He’d later say, For the love of a lady, A mermaid, it’s true, A beautiful creature From the ocean blue. He sailed his ship From here to…

A Puppy for Poppy

“I’m going to miss you so much, Poppy,” said the tall, gangly teenager. He bent down to hug his old golden retriever farewell. He stood up, hugged his parents, and smiled, trying not to let his emotions get the better of him. His parents were not quite able to keep…

The Rescue of the Tin Woodman

Dorothy, a Kansas girl, is carried by a tornado to the distant land of Oz. Dorothy wants to go back home. She travels to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard of Oz to help her. Along the way, she meets a tin woodman, who tells his story in this…

A Stormy Day

Black Beauty is the story of a black horse in England in the 1800s. It tells the story from the horse’s viewpoint. The book covers Black Beauty’s life from the time he is born until his old age. In this passage, Black Beauty has been harnessed to a cart to…

At the Sign of the “Spy-Glass”

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is about a boy named Jim Hawkins who discovers a pirate’s treasure map. Jim, along with Squire Trelawney and Dr. Livesey, have decided to buy a ship, hire a crew, and look for the treasure. In this passage, Jim has been sent to an inn…

Carly and the Candy Shoppe

“Bye, Mom; bye, Dad; don’t worry. We’ll take care of everything!” Carly waved from the front door of the shop as her parents drove off. They were headed for a well-deserved vacation from their candy store, and Carly had promised them she’d be able to run it by herself. Her…

The Return Home

In Peter Pan, Peter has taken Wendy, Michael, and John Darling to Neverland, his magical home. After many adventures with many interesting people and creatures, the Darling children start the journey home. Peter, however, is not very happy that Wendy is going to leave Neverland. He has a plan. He…

How We Kept Thanksgiving at Oldtown

Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote “Oldtown Folks” in 1869. She tells about life in a New England village called Oldtown. The passage below tells about Thanksgiving preparations in a Massachusetts town.   ———————————————  The making of pies at this period assumed vast proportions that verged upon the sublime. Pies were made…

The Story of Prometheus: How Fire Was Given to Men

Prometheus is the son of a Titan, one of the early gods of Greek mythology. The Titans fought Zeus, called here by his Roman name, Jupiter. The king of the Titans was Cronus, called here by his Roman name, Saturn. ———————————- In those old, old times, there lived two brothers…

Paula’s Pizza Party

Paula and her father strolled down the aisles of the grocery store. Her mother was away for the day, and the two of them were trying to pick out something to make for dinner together. Paula didn’t know how to cook, but her father was pretty good at simple meals…