5th Grade Informational Reading Comprehension Passages

5th Grade Informational Reading Comprehension Passages


Engage your students with high-interest reading comprehension passages with text-dependent analysis questions designed for every 5th Grade CCSS INFORMATIONAL STANDARD. The Step-by-Step Questions are standard-based and focus on one standard at a time. It is available in PDF, GOOGLE, AND POWERPOINT and can easily be used because each mini-unit is in its own separate file.


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What is included?

There is a Read First file that includes directions and a chart with all standards, skills, passage titles, and a place for you to check them off.


These reading comprehension passages are perfect for CLOSE READING. The passages provide students with a complete narrative, drama or poem to answer the standard-based questions effectively.

  • Common Core Standards- 2 lengthly passages for each standard (there are 2 passages used for comparison in one of the standards)- 28 original passages.
  • 3 differentiated reading levels– a total of 84 Passages (some have paired passages)
  • Lexile level 600-1100- the range of levels for differentiation (Grades 4-7)
  • Dyslexic Font- Each passage is written with or without a dyslexic font to meet the needs of all your students. (There is a separate PDF with all the passages in a dyslexic font.)


The questions were formulated in a STEP-BY-STEP process and specifically designed for that particular standard.

Step 1: There are 10 multiple choice questions developed for basic comprehension of the text with some deeper-level questions mixed in. They were designed for students to get familiar with the text and are in the form of:

  • Task Cards (Printable)
  • Worksheet (Printable or Digital)
  • GOOGLE Quiz (Digital)

Step 2: There are 10 rigorous open-ended questions developed for text-dependent analysis so students can think critically and question their assumptions. The last question is a text-dependent analysis writing prompt.

  • Without lines to put in a center, on a smart board, or in groups to write answers in a notebook
  • With lines to write on the printable
  • Digital with text boxes

What is in the Zipfile?

Each mini-unit is labeled according to the standard and title of the passage. There are two files for each title.

  1. PDF has all the teacher notes, Google Links, and printable pages.
  2. PowerPoint is for student use to write directly in the PowerPoint. (It is the same as the Google version.)

The PowerPoint and Google Versions are perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING! These versions have larger fonts and spaces for easy digital reading.

★ Answer Keys: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN THE TEACHER PDF! ANSWER KEYS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE STUDENT POWERPOINT OR GOOGLE SLIDES. For each open-ended answer key, teachers will know which questions are directly related to the standard. The answers that are bold-faced are related to the standard.


What focus skills are covered?

CCSS 1: Inference

CCSS 2: Main Idea-Supporting Details-Summarize

CCSS 3: Explain Informational Text

CCSS 4: Academic or Domain-Specific Words and Phrases

CCSS 5: Text Structures and Features

CCSS 6: Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

CCSS 7: Interpret Information- Charts and Graphs

CCSS 8: Author’s Reasons and Text Evidence

CCSS 9: Integrate Information from Two Texts

CCSS 10: Comprehending Information


What other skills are found in the questions?

✓ Compare and Contrast

✓ Cause and Effect

✓ Chronology


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About the Dyslexia Version: All of the passages have a dyslexia-friendly font. This is ideal for differentiating for your Dyslexic learners. The font is called Open Dyslexic. Although there is no research behind it as far as fluency or comprehension, I include it for a preference. Some kids will automatically choose it and say they can read it better. My thought is this, if it can help one child, then it is a win! There are actual books written in the font, like the Hank series by Henry Winkler. Interesting!