Animal Stories Reading Comprehension

Free printable reading comprehension stories all about animals. Print the reading passage for offline use or test comprehension with the fun online quiz game. Recommended level: 3rd Grade and up


Why Chipmunks Have Stripes

A Native American Seneca Legend

Long ago, Chipmunks had soft brown fur, but no stripes.

One day, Chipmunk saw Bear coming his way. Bear was very powerful and always showing off.

Chipmunk asked Bear, "Why do you boast so much? You're not so great."

Bear was angry, and answered, "I AM powerful. If I wanted to, I could stop the sun from rising in the morning."

Chipmunk said, "You can't!"

"Just wait and see," replied Bear.

Chipmunk stayed up all night and waited. When the sun came up the next morning, Chipmunk laughed and made fun of Bear. Bear got so angry that she ran after Chipmunk.

Chipmunk ran as fast as he could to his burrow. Just as he got there, Bear caught up to him, stretched out her paw, and grabbed him. Chipmunk wiggled around and slipped into the hole, but not before Bear scratched his back with her long claws. And that is why, to this day, you can see stripes on Chipmunk's back.

This story is a
news story
legend
fairytale
legend What Native American tribe started this legend?
Choctaw
Mohawk
Seneca
Seneca What didn't Chipmunk like about Bear?
Bear was a show-off.
Bear was too big.
Bear took his food.
Bear was a show-off. What did Bear say she could do?
stay up all night
run faster than Chipmunk
stop the sun from rising
stop the sun from rising Why did Chipmunk stay up all night?
to watch for a storm
to wait for the sun to rise
to make sure Bear didn't take his food
to wait for the sun to rise How did Chipmunk get stripes on his back?
Bear scratched his back with her sharp claw.
A wise man painted them.
He slept on logs and the colors stayed on his back.
Bear scratched his back with her sharp claw. What is a clue that this story is a legend?
It's about a chipmunk.
The main character is an animal.
It starts with Long ago.
It starts with Long ago.

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