3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Stories

Free printable short stories for 3rd grade and up. Print the one-page reading passages for offline use or test comprehension and close reading with the online interactive quiz games.

Two Goats Cross a River Fable
One day a goat was crossing a very narrow bridge over a river. At the middle of the bridge he met another goat. Read more.

Animal Crackers Funny Story
Benjamin and his mother went shopping. They bought a box of Animal Crackers as a special treat. Read more.

The Lizard and the Sun Legend
A long time ago the sun disappeared from the sky. Read more.

Camping Under the Stars Funny Story
It was a very special weekend camping trip for Carlos and his daughter Emma. They packed up all their gear and headed out to the woods. Read more.

How the Zebra Got its Stripes Legend
One day two donkeys got fed up with working so hard. They went to see the wise old man. Read more.

Swimmers Beware Funny Story
Alex, a tourist from Canada, was fishing in an area off the Florida coast. Many "NO SWIMMING" signs were posted near the shore. Read more.

The Parrot with Attitude Funny Story
On her 10th birthday, Vivi got a parrot as a gift. After a few months the parrot became very rude and mean. Read more.

A Fishy Tale Funny Story
George walks into a seafood restaurant and sees a sign that says, "Lobster Tails, $1 each." Read more.

Cat and Mouse and Dog Very Short Funny Story
A mother mouse and a baby mouse are walking along a garden path. Suddenly, a cat jumps out from behind a bush and starts to attack them. Read more.

Screams from the Dental Office Funny Story
It is after school and Oliver is calmly sitting in the dentist's chair having his regular check-up. Read more.

Coyote and the Cheese Mexican Folktale
One night, when a big full moon was shining in the sky, Señor Coyote saw Conejo, the rabbit, sitting by a pond. "I'm going to eat you!" said Señor Coyote. Read more.

Raccoon Dance Party Funny Story
One night Ava heard noises coming from the attic. Thump, thump, tap, tap. It went on and on. Read more.

The Sunflower Greek Legend
Clytie was a sea nymph who wore beautiful green gowns made of seaweed. Read more.

Why Turtles Live in the Water Folktale
Turtles used to live on land until one day when a very clever turtle was caught by hunters. Read more.

Bird Feet Funny Story
Nora walks into the classroom and sees that the new teacher has put four birds on a table. The teacher has a cover on them so that only their feet show. Read more.

chipmunk Why Chipmunks Have Stripes Legend
Long ago, Chipmunks had soft brown fur, but no stripes. Read more.

Grandpa, Can You Come Out and Play? Funny Story
Archie and Ramona are very lucky. Their grandfather David lives with them. He's always ready to play games and read them stories. Read more.
Informational Text
The Giant Panda
The giant panda is the rarest member of the bear family. It is one of the world’s most threatened animals. Read more.

How to Wash Your Hands
1. Use warm water, not cold or hot, when you wash your hands. Read more.

The First Space Dogs
The Russian dogs, Belka and Strelka, were the first dogs to spend time in space and come back safely. Read more.

George Washington's Teeth
All his life George Washington had problems with his teeth. By the time he became the first president when he was 57 years old, he had only one tooth. Why were his teeth so bad? Read more.

No Girls Allowed!
Only men could take part in the ancient Olympic games. Married women were not even allowed to watch the events. Women caught sneaking in were punished. Read more.

Who is Martin Luther King Jr.?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man who worked hard to bring equal rights to African Americans. Read more.

What is an Aye-Aye?
The aye-aye ("eye-eye") looks like a weird little gremlin. Read more.

Christopher Columbus, 1492
Christopher Columbus, born in Italy, always dreamed of being a sailor. Read more.

How to Train Your Dog to Play Basketball
Do you want to teach your dog to play basketball? Try this! Read more.

Penguin Gets His Own Wetsuit News Story
A bald penguin named Ralph is having fun in the sun at a British wildlife park - after being fitted with his own wetsuit. Read more.

Photo of Blind Puppy and his Brother Goes Viral News Story
Jeffrey and Jermaine are not your average stray dogs. Jeffrey is blind, and Jermaine, his brother, is his guide dog. Read more.

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