Free printable reading passages for 3rd grade and up. Print for offline use as a worksheet or test comprehension with the online interactive quiz. Great for homeschooling, distance learning or language assessment test practice.

3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Passages with Questions and Answers

Funny Stories
The Magic Pool
One day, Evan and his friends, Zoya and Jamal, walk in the woods and find a magic pool. Read more.

Animal Crackers
Benjamin and his mother go shopping. They buy a box of Animal Crackers as a special treat. Read more.

A Ticket to China
"I want a ticket to China, please", Luca says to the woman at the airport counter." Read more.

The Boy Who Swallowed a Monster
Henry, a seven-year-old boy, thinks that he swallowed a monster. Read more.

Camping Under the Stars
It is a very special weekend camping trip for Carlos and his daughter Emma. Read more.

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

Swimmers Beware
Alex was fishing in an area off the Florida coast. Many "NO SWIMMING" signs were posted near the shore. Read more.

Rocket to the Sun
"I want to be an astronaut so I can be the first person to fly a rocket and land on the sun." Read more.

The Hot Painter
Dora's living room is looking a little shabby. It needs some fresh paint. Read more.

Dax and Ada's First Football Game
Dax and Ada were not into football and had never been to a live football game. Read more.

The Moth Man
One day, Moti goes to see his doctor. The doctor asks him what is wrong, and Moti says, "Doctor, I think I'm a moth." Read more.

The Shopping Dog
Every Monday a dog goes into a small supermarket with a basket in his mouth. Read more.

It's Raining Cats!
One day Stella's kitten runs out of the house and climbs up a tree. Read more.

Don't Talk to the Parrot!
Jada’s oven didn't work, so she called someone to fix it. Since she had to go to work in the morning, she left a note for the repairman. Read more.

Cat and Mouse and Dog
A mother mouse and a baby mouse are walking along a garden path. Read more.

Screams from the Dental Office
Oliver is not afraid of going to the dentist. He brushes his teeth every day and has never had a toothache. Read more.

Bird Feet
Nora walks into the classroom and sees that the new teacher has put four birds on a table. Read more.

Grandpa, Can You Come Out and Play?
Archie and Ramona are very lucky. Their grandfather David lives with them. Read more.

The Turtle That Tries to Fly
A young turtle lives by a big tree in the forest. Every day, the turtle climbs up the tree and crawls along the branches. Read more.

Fables, Folktales and Legends
The Crocodile and the Monkey
Once there was a monkey who lived in a fruit tree beside a river. Read more.

Two Goats Cross a River
One day a goat was crossing a very narrow bridge over a river. Read more.

How the Fly Saved the River
There once was a beautiful river that had water so delicious and pure that all the animals drank from it. Read more.

The Flying Bat Plays Ball
A long time ago the birds challenged the animals to a game of ball. Read more.

The Lion and the Rabbit
There was once an evil lion who thought he was king of the jungle. Read more.

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

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

Coyote and the Cheese
One night, when a big full moon was shining in the sky, Senor Coyote saw Conejo, the rabbit, sitting by a pond. Read more.

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

Coyote and the Milky Way
Coyote wanted to help put stars in the night sky. "No problem", thought Coyote. "This is easy." Read more.

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

Why Lizards Can't Sit
Back in the old days, Lizard was like Frog and could sit. Read more.
Longer Stories
If Penguins Could Talk: Pingo's Story
Read this 6-part story about Pingo's interesting life at the South Pole. Includes fun riddles and comprehension questions after each part. Read more.

If Dolphins Could Talk: Finn's Story
Read this 5-part story about the life of a 4-year-old Bottlenose dolphin. Fun riddles included! Read more.

Informational Text
Alligator or Crocodile?
Do you know the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? They are both reptiles and look a bit like each other, but they are quite different. Read more.

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.

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

Spotted! A Spotted Zebra
A tour guide in Kenya spotted a baby zebra with white polka dots instead of white stripes. Read more.

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

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

How the Turkey Got Its Name
No one knows for sure how the turkey got its name. Read more.

Milk Can Stuck on Bear's Head
A Vermont black bear was looking for food in the woods. It looked into an old milk can and got its head stuck! 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.


Turtle Legends
How Turtle Flew South for the Winter
Turtle was walking around through the fallen leaves when he saw many birds gather together. Read more.

How Turtle Became King
A long time ago, two animals wanted to be king of their village. Read more.

Turtle and the Magic Drum
Long ago there was a king who had a magic drum. Read more.

The Turtle and the Spider
One day, after a very long walk, the turtle smelled some delicious food coming from the spider's house. Read more.

The Turtle and the Birds
Long, long ago, the Cloud People held a feast. "Come up, all of you who have wings, and let us feed you." Read more.

The Magic Sea Turtle
A long time ago, a big beautiful green sea turtle laid an egg on the shores of the black sand beach. Read more.

How the Turtle Got Its Shell
A long, long time ago, a turtle and a snail lived together in the deep ocean. Read more.

The Turtle and the Monkey
A turtle and a monkey found a banana tree floating in a river. "Let's divide it," said the turtle. Read more.



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