Reading Comprehension Worksheets

These are reading comprehension activities for EFL/ESL learners. Most are designed for beginner/young learner through intermediate learners. I’ve included graphic organizers with some of the readings to help learners break down information from the  through multiple readings. Some of these reading comprehension activities include specific stories for learners to read and work with using a graphic organizers.

Additionally there are lesson plans for four skills reading, and reading dictation activities for improving pronunciation, listening and writing. Check it out and find something useful for you.

 

 

  • About Ants Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet discusses how ants use scent to create maps to bring food back to the working colony. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist to deeper meaning. The worksheet ...
  • Amazon Rain Forest Reading Comrpehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet that deals with information related to the endangered nature of the Amazon Rain Forest. This is a worksheet suitable for intermediate or per-intermediate EFL or ELL students.   This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist to deeper meaning. The worksheet uses a graphic ...
  • Animal Habitat Reading Jigsaw This is a jigsaw reading activity for intermediate or upper-intermediate EFL/ESL students. This is an English for Specific Purposes activity focused on understanding the environment and endangered species. In this activity the teacher begins with at least 4 groups. It is possible to have 8 groups with where four have interaction. Each group receives a ...
  • Animals and Earthquakes Reading The following is a reading comprehension worksheet that deals with the abilities of animals. It reviews a short history of recorded animal behaviors to describe how animals can help to sense earthquakes.   This is a worksheet suitable for beginners or high beginner EFL or ELL students. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students ...
  • Armless Pianist Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet provides the story of Lui Wei, an armless pianist and game show contestant on the Chinese show, China has Talent. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist to deeper meaning. The worksheet ...
  • Beau Lotto, the Students and the Bees Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet talks about Beau Lotto, a science teacher who helped his students publish their research about how bees find nectar. This reading is appropriate for high beginner readers. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist to deeper meaning. The ...
  • Birthday Candles Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet details the history of the birthday candle from ancient Greece to modern times. It provides details about how cakes came to be covered with candles. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist to deeper ...
  • Books and Reading Riddle Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for beginner or  pre-intermediate  EFL/ESL learners. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. Cut the sentences out as strips and place on the wall. Pair up students and have students go ...
  • Can and Can’t This is a collection of worksheets to help students practice with the use of the modals can and can’t. These are excellent for young learners or beginners. Each worksheet presents pictures and sentences where students can fill in the blank or circle the pictures. These can also be used as simple reading comprehension worksheets to ...
  • Chinese New Year Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet talks about how the tradition of using firecrackers became a part of the Chinese New Year. It discusses the folk tale of Nian around which the celebration is based. This reading is appropriate for high beginner readers. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process ...
  • Comic Book Riddle Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for pre-intermediate or upper intermediate EFL/ESL learners. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. Cut the sentences out as strips and place on the wall. Pair up students and have students ...
  • Daily Schedule Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for beginning or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners. In this activity students will work with vocabulary related to daily schedules and daily routines. This lesson focuses on vocabulary related to time. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and ...
  • Descriptive Hints of Animals Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for high beginner, pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. Cut the sentences out as strips and place on the wall. Pair up students and have students go ...
  • Draw the Comic This is a comic book drawing activity for beginning EFL/ESL learners. This activity lets students demonstrate reading comprehension while applying creative thinking and reasoning skills. A text is provided for students, but the pictures are missing. Students work together to create and illustrate the story. This activity can be followed with an activity where students ...
  • English Practice Workbook 2 for Young Learners This is a workbook designed for young or beginning EFL/ESL learners that focuses on building skills related to reading and writing. This book uses a number of frequent sight words from the Dolch Sight Words list. These books are designed to improve phonetic awareness, character recognition and writing skills. This is a 48 page workbook. ...
  • English Practice Workbook for Young Learners This is a workbook designed for young or beginning EFL/ESL learners that focuses on building skills related to reading and writing. This book uses a number of frequent sight words from the Dolch Sight Words list. These books are designed to improve phonetic awareness, character recognition and writing skills. This is a 16 page workbook. ...
  • Fish Tale Parable Reading Information Gap These information gap activities are designed for beginner to pre-intermediate EFL/ESL students to practice scaffolded exchange of information. These information gaps are reading gap style information gaps. To complete this information gap all four paragraphs are cut up. Each students receives one. In a group of four, each student takes turns reading one sentence at ...
  • Flightless Birds Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet talks about three different kinds of flightless birds. It describes details about the birds to help students understand other skills birds have developed. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist to deeper meaning. The ...
  • Follow the Rules Foundation Activity These activities are designed to help EFL/ESL learners in the classroom understand the rules and appropriate behavior in the classroom. This activity is designed for advanced students. I consider this material part of my foundation collection, as understanding appropriate and acceptable behavior is an important foundation stone for any classroom. This activity provides students with ...
  • Following Directions This is a tactile kinesthetic reading activity designed for high beginner or intermediate level EFL/ESL students. This test reading comprehension while providing students with an authentic task based learning task. Successful completion of each activity is a demonstration of comprehension. Teachers will need toothpicks and clay for groups of four students. Pass out the cards ...
  • Glasswing Butterfly Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet talks about the Glasswing butterfly of South America. It details information about the butterfly and why the wings look like glass. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist to deeper meaning. The worksheet uses ...
  • How much is it? Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for beginning or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners. In this activity students will work with vocabulary  related to food and prices with dollars. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. In this activity ...
  • Hurricane Running Dictation The following is a running dictation activity suitable for intermediate or advanced EFL/ESL students. This is different from some of my other running dictation activities, as this includes much more reading for reading comprehension as well. When using this activity in class teachers may choose to have students summarize the key points in the reading strips. ...
  • I Need Shoes Reading Dictation These activities are designed to help EFL/ESL learners in the classroom improve reading and reading comprehension while using all four language skills. This activity provides students with a short story about a student who is shopping. The vocabulary used in this reading dictation is related to shopping and the use of cardinal numbers. This activity ...
  • Ice Hotels in Sweden Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet discusses the history of the Ice Hotel from it’s accidental creation in Sweden to it’s modern day tourism interest. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist to deeper meaning. The worksheet uses ...
  • Interview for Story Reading This is an interview activity designed for less controlled practice for  intermediate or advanced EFL/ESL learners. This is a general interview to discuss reading materials presented in the class. For teachers using extended or extensive reading practices with advanced learners this interview activity can help provide structure for deeper discussion of written texts. For these ...
  • J.K. Rowling Reading Information Gap These information gap activities are designed for beginner to pre-intermediate EFL/ESL students to practice scaffolded exchange of information. These information gaps are reading gap style information gaps. In a partner pair one student is the reader and one student is the listener. The listening students fills in the blanks in the gap with information from ...
  • Jobs Riddles Reading Dictation These activities are designed to help EFL/ESL learners in the classroom improve reading and reading comprehension while using all four language skills. This activity provides students with short riddles. Once students have all the information, the group must work together to use the clues to figure out which job the riddle is describing. This is ...
  • Jobs Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for beginning or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners. In this activity students will work with vocabulary  related to types of jobs. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. In this activity there are ...
  • Jupiter Riddle Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for beginner or  pre-intermediate  EFL/ESL learners. This is an English for Specific Purposes activity (ESP) focused on language related to science and astronomy. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. Cut ...
  • Komodo Dragon Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet talks about the myth of dragons, and the very real Komodo dragon. Students are invited to consider both the myth and the reality and compare and contrast the information. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist ...
  • Lego Master Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet talks about Gary McIntire, Lego Master. Students will learn information about Gary’s job and his advice for getting the perfect dream job. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist to deeper meaning. The worksheet uses a ...
  • Like Dislike Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for beginning or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners. In this activity students will think about activities, places, and things that they like. This activity is constructed around my own personal likes. When using this in the classroom it could be presented to students that they are going to learn about a ...
  • Movies Riddle Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for beginner or  pre-intermediate  EFL/ESL learners. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. Cut the sentences out as strips and place on the wall. Pair up students and have students go ...
  • My Accident Reading Dictation These activities are designed to help EFL/ESL learners in the classroom improve reading and reading comprehension while using all four language skills. This activity provides students with a short story about a student who has an emergency after getting into an accident. This activity is constructed around vocabulary related to emergency situations. This is a ...
  • Phonics Workbook This is a workbook designed for young or beginning EFL/ESL learners that focuses on building recognition of the Dolch Sight words and improve understanding of phonetic sounds in reading. Improvement with these sight words is important for building long term reading comprehension skills. Sight words development also helps to improve vocabulary, comprehension, and long term ...
  • Poverty Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for pre-intermediate or upper intermediate EFL/ESL learners. This activity uses English for Specific Purposes (ESP) specifically in the area of global awareness. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. In this ...
  • Pyramids in Egypt Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for pre-intermediate or upper intermediate EFL/ESL learners. This activity uses English for Specific Purposes (ESP) specifically in social studies content related to the great pyramids in Egypt. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication ...
  • Reading for Details A This is a reading comprehension worksheet for beginner or young learner EFL/ESL students. This worksheet includes a short reading passage followed by five detail questions. Students can practice writing in full sentences when answering the questions. These worksheets are excellent for homework or as an in class activity for students how need more reading comprehension ...
  • Reading for Details B This is a reading comprehension worksheet for beginner or young learner EFL/ESL students. This worksheet includes a short reading passage followed by five detail questions. Students can practice writing in full sentences when answering the questions. These worksheets are excellent for homework or as an in class activity for students how need more reading comprehension practice.
  • Reading for Details C This is a reading comprehension worksheet for beginner or young learner EFL/ESL students. This worksheet includes a short reading passage followed by five detail questions. Students can practice writing in full sentences when answering the questions. These worksheets are excellent for homework or as an in class activity for students how need more reading comprehension ...
  • Reading for Details D This is a reading comprehension worksheet for beginner or young learner EFL/ESL students. This worksheet includes a short reading passage followed by five detail questions. Students can practice writing in full sentences when answering the questions. These worksheets are excellent for homework or as an in class activity for students how need more reading comprehension ...
  • Reading for Details E This is a reading comprehension worksheet for beginner or young learner EFL/ESL students. This worksheet includes a short reading passage followed by five detail questions. Students can practice writing in full sentences when answering the questions. These worksheets are excellent for homework or as an in class activity for students how need more reading comprehension ...
  • Roman Trick Rooms Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet talks about the use of Roman Trick rooms. It explains how they work and gives tips to students on how they can use the trick room to remember long lists. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process ...
  • Running Dictation Follow Directions This is a running dictation activity for high beginner, pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. Cut the sentences out as strips and place on the wall. Pair up students and have students go to ...
  • Science Reading Information Gap These information gap activities are designed for beginner to pre-intermediate EFL/ESL students to practice scaffolded exchange of information. These information gaps are reading gap style information gaps. In a partner pair one student is the reader and one student is the listener. The listening students fills in the blanks in the gap with information from ...
  • Smoke Signals Reading Comprehension The following is a reading comprehension worksheet that deals with information related to the development of communication using message. It incorporates a short history of how signals changed from smoke signals to the modern day computer.  This is a worksheet suitable for high beginner or  per-intermediate EFL or ELL students. This worksheet utilizes ...
  • Sugar Cookies Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for pre-intermediate or upper intermediate EFL/ESL learners. This activity using English for Specific Purposes (ESP) specifically related to the use of numbers in fractions. In this activity students focus on the lexical sets for cooking and recipes, following directions, and ordinal numbers, and fractions. This is a great four ...
  • The Atoms Riddle Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for pre-intermediate or upper intermediate EFL/ESL learners. This activity uses English for Specific Purposes (ESP) specifically in the area of science. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. Cut the sentences ...
  • The Hamburger is from Germany Reading Dictation These activities are designed to help EFL/ESL learners in the classroom improve reading and reading comprehension while using all four language skills. This activity provides students with a short paragraphs about the origins of different popular foods. This is a reading dictation activity. In this activity, with a group of four students, one student takes ...
  • Trees Riddle Running Dictation This is a running dictation activity for beginner or  pre-intermediate  EFL/ESL learners. This is an English for Specific Purposes activity (ESP) focused on language related to biology or science. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. Cut ...
  • Unsual Animals Reading Comprehension: The Babirusa These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals Reading Comprehension: The Dhole The following is the first in a series of reading comprehension worksheets about unusual animals. These worksheets would be appropriate for high beginners and intermediate EFL/ESL learners, or young learners interested in science or animals. This worksheet utilizes reading skills and guides students through the comprehension process from gist to deeper meaning. The worksheet uses a ...
  • Unusual Animals: Giant Coconut Crab These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: Girded Lizard Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: Maned Wolf Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: Spiney Orbweaver Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: The Fossa Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: The Gerenuk Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: The Irrawaddy Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: The Markhor Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: The Mata Mata Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: The Pink Fairy Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: The Sunda Lemur Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: The Tree Hopper Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Unusual Animals: The Yeti Crab Reading Comprehension These worksheets are designed for reading comprehension for EFL/ESL classrooms. While generally written for high to intermediate level learners, these worksheets would also make good reading comprehension activities for any teacher interested in non-fiction reading. Each non-fiction reading contains information about an unusual animal, designed to engage interest in world wild life. Due to the ...
  • Where are you from? Countries Logic Puzzle Creative Thinking This is a series of classroom activities designed to improve communication while developing creative thinking. Creative thinking techniques encourage students to think in new and interesting ways to solve problems and address a variety of situations. These creative thinking techniques can help your learners find new ways in which to use or review language. This activity is ...