Free printable reading comprehension worksheets and quizzes for 4th grade and up. Great for distance learning and language assessment test practice. Print the 1-page reading passages for offline use or test comprehension with the online interactive quiz.

4th Grade Reading Comprehension Passages with Questions and Answers

Fiction and Informational Text
Ruby, The Elephant Artist Informational Text
When Ruby, a 7 month old elephant from Thailand, came to the Phoenix Zoo in 1974, she was the only elephant at the zoo. Read more.

Don't Talk to the Parrot! Funny Fiction
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.

A Turtle the Size of a Car! Informational Text
More than 6 million years ago, giant turtles roamed the earth. It wasn't until 2020 that scientists finally found and identified their remains. Read more.

April Fish! Informational Text
Around the world, April 1 is a day when people try to fool their friends. In France, April Fool's Day is called "Poisson d'avril." In English that means "fish of April." Read more.

Secret Code Talkers Informational Text
In 1942, 29 men from the Navajo Nation were hired by the United States Marines. Their job was to develop a military code in their native language. Read more.

The Loch Ness Monster Informational Text
Loch Ness, a deep lake in Scotland, is so dark that it is very hard to see anything underwater. But more than four thousand people have reported seeing a monster. Read more.

Driving Dogs News Story
Dogs Pass Driving Test In New Zealand Read more.

Finn's New House Irish Fairy Tale
Long ago, in the Irish countryside, Finn and Mona bought some land. Read more.

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

Ancient Greek Olympic Idols Informational Text
At the Olympic Games, the first, second and third place athletes win medals. At the Ancient Greek Games, there was only ONE winner. Read more.

Chinese New Year Traditions Informational Text
Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world. In China, it's a time when families take holidays and get together. Read more.

Animal Totems Informational Text
Many Native American cultures have a strong belief in the power of nature. Some believe that everyone has an animal spirit or totem. Read more.

What Is the Iditarod? Informational Text
The Iditarod is a dog sled race that takes place in Alaska every March. 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.

The Devil Frog Giant Informational Text
It was bigger than a beach ball and it lived more than 60 million years ago. It's the giant devil frog, and it may be the largest frog that ever lived. Read more.

The Pueblo People Informational Text
More than twenty five different tribes of Native Americans lived in the southwestern area of the United States. Many of these tribes lived in villages called pueblos. Read more.

Bobsledding Jamaican Style Informational Text
At first everyone thought it was a joke. The Caribbean nation of Jamaica was sending a bobsled team to the Olympics. Read more.

Who Is Rosa Parks?
Rosa Parks, now referred to as "the mother of the freedom movement," was an African American who worked as a seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama. Read more.

Who Is Malala Yousafzai?
Malala Yousafzai has been fighting all her life for girls' rights to an education. Read more.

Who Is Mary Ann Shadd?
She started a newspaper, a school, got a law degree at the age of 60 and fought all her life for black people. Read more.

Who Is Viola Desmond?
Nine years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in a whites-only section of an Alabama bus, Viola Desmond refused to leave her seat in a Canadian movie theater. Read more.

Who Is Sacagawea?
Sacagawea was born in 1788 in an area near the Rocky Mountains that is now part of Idaho. She was part of the Shoshone tribe where her father was the chief. Read more.

International and Indigenous Peoples Legends
Thakane, the African Dragon-Slaying Princess South African Legend
The red dragon was a scary beast that glowed in the dark and breathed red smoke. Getting dragon skins for her brothers was going to be a very difficult job for Thakane.

Why Bear Has a Short Tail Iroquois Legend
Back in the old days, Bear had a long tail like Fox. Since Fox likes to fool others, he decided to play a trick on Bear. Read more.

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

Why Fish Have Scales Folktale from the Philippines
Long ago, a farmer and his wife had a beautiful baby girl who grew into a beautiful maiden. She was very spoiled. Read more.

The Legend of Sedna Inuit Legend from Baffin Island
A long time ago there was a family with a very strong-willed daughter. Sedna, the daughter, refused to marry any of the men her parents brought to her. Read more.

How Corn Came to Be Sioux Legend
A long time ago, two boys went hunting with bows and arrows. They saw a blackbird sitting in a tree. Read more.

The Dream Catcher from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Canada
Long ago, a spider was quietly spinning a web beside the sleeping area of Kookum, the grandmother. Each day, Kookum watched the spider at work, quietly spinning. Read more.

Two Rabbits Outsmart an Owl Canadian Inuit Legend
There once lived an owl who was very powerful and would brag to others about how smart and strong he was. Read more.

The Spirit of the Corn Iroquois Legend
There was a time, says the Iroquois grandmother, when it was not necessary to plant corn. In those days Onatah, the Spirit of the Corn, walked upon the earth. Read more.

How Mosquitoes Came to Be Legend of the Tlinget Tribe of the Pacific Northwest
A long time ago there was a giant monster who liked to kill humans and drink their blood. Read more.

The Fighter from Thasos Greek Legend
Theagenes was a huge sports hero in Ancient Greece. He was famous by the time he was 9 years old when he tore down a large statue. Read more.

The Dagda's Harp Irish Legend
The Dagda is a "good god" in Irish mythology. He had great magic powers and a beautiful harp that could control weather and crops. Read more.

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