Science Reading Passages

Writings dealing with science are nonfiction works that explore the natural world. These writings explain a principle, theory, or phenomenon.

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Exploring Space

Space is considered the last great frontier. Since the beginning of time, humans have looked up with wonder at the stars, moon,...

Reading Set: 6 Passages

Species in Danger

In 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed over 9,000 plant and animal species as either critica...

Reading Set: 11 Passages


We’ve only one planet to live on, so the preservation of natural resources for our children and grandchildren is up to us. This...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Women's History

Women’s History Month is traditionally held in March, but the study of women’s history is valuable all twelve months of the yea...

Reading Set: 18 Passages

Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones: A World of Difference

by RV staff writer JCH

What's the difference in a hurricane, a typhoon, and...

637 Words, 5th-8th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

Project Mercury: The First Americans in Space

Students will read a passage about Project Mercury and learn about the Space Race and America’s first human spaceflight program...

519 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

The Mercury 13: Paving the Way for Women in Space

Students will read a passage about the Mercury 13 and learn about the women who dreamed of being America’s first female astrona...

453 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary


Students will read a passage about loggerhead sea turtles and learn about the threats they face in the ocean and on land. Stude...

447 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

The Extermination of the American Bison

by William Temple Hornaday

William Temple Hornaday was a zoologist and conserva...

659 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Fact and Opinion, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

Fruit or Vegetable? How to Tell the Difference

Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Scientists have a standard for determining the difference, and it may be different than the...

302 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Context Clues, Fact and Opinion, and Summary