3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Stories

Teachers and Parents:
Free printable stories for 3rd grade and up. Print the reading passages for offline use or test comprehension and close reading with the online interactive quiz games. Great for distance learning.

Fables, Folktales and Legends
Two Goats Cross a River Fable
One day a goat was crossing a very narrow bridge over a river. Read more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Read more.

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

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

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

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

Funny Stories
The Turtle That Tries to Fly Funny Story
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.

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.

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

Kangaroo Play Date Funny Story
It is a nice sunny day. The kangaroos gather in the grass field with their joeys. Read more.

The Turtle Burger Funny Story
Leo had a pet turtle named Pokey. When Leo went to visit his friends and relatives, he often took Pokey along. 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.

Rocket to the Sun Funny Story
"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 Funny Story
Dora's living room was looking a little shabby. It needed some fresh paint. 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.
Chapter Books
If Penguins Could Talk: Pingo's Story
Read this 6-chapter story about Pingo's interesting life at the South Pole. Includes questions for comprehension and fun riddles too! 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.

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

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.

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.

More Funny Stories
Camping Under the Stars Funny Story
It was a very special weekend camping trip for Carlos and his daughter Emma. Read more.

The Parrot with Attitude Funny Story
On her 10th birthday, Vivi got a parrot as a gift. Read more.

Cat and Mouse and Dog Very Short Funny Story
A mother mouse and a baby mouse are walking along a garden path. 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.

Bird Feet Funny Story
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? Funny Story
Archie and Ramona are very lucky. Their grandfather David lives with them. Read more.



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