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Free Printable Fiction Stories and Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Third Graders

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

If you're looking to help your third-grader improve their reading skills, you can use these fiction stories and reading comprehension free printable worksheets. The stories are written at a third-grade level and are also recommended for ESL students. It's important for a teacher, parent, or tutor to assist the child in reading and understanding the text and to help answer any questions they may have.

Fiction Stories

Click on the fiction story that you would like to download from the list below:

A young student describes their experience joining a basketball team, initially feeling intimidated but gaining confidence with the help of their coach and ultimately succeeding with their team.

A preview image of a reading comprehension worksheet titled "Sophie, the Bookworm".

A child initially felt nervous about riding the biggest and fastest roller coaster in the amusement park but decided to give it a try, finding it scary but exhilarating and learning that being scared is just a part of the adventure.

Sophie is a curious and book-loving girl who spends her free time reading and exploring the library, despite her friends calling her a "bookworm," and dreams of becoming an author.


Using these resources can help your child develop their reading skills, such as decoding words, understanding vocabulary, and identifying main ideas and details. The stories are engaging and entertaining, which will certainly help your child develop a love for reading.

As a parent or teacher, it's important to create a supportive and encouraging environment for your child. Praise their efforts and progress, and make reading a fun and enjoyable experience. You can also help them develop good reading habits, such as setting aside a specific time for reading each day and providing them with a variety of reading materials.

By using these fiction stories and reading comprehension worksheets, you can help your child build their confidence and skills in reading. With practice and support, your child can become a confident and proficient reader, which will benefit them not just academically, but in all areas of their life.


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