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38 Fun 6th Grade Reading Comprehension Activities

June 13, 2022 //  by  Kellie Tanner

Comprehension is a crucial skill that is necessary for all students to be successful readers, writers, and communicators. 6th grade reading lessons should focus on teaching comprehension strategies that will assist your students as they learn to truly understand and comprehend their reading assignments.

Once they can truly comprehend what they are reading, they will be able to successfully navigate through the rest of their academic years. The following activities should aid you as you teach reading comprehension strategies to your 6th grade students.

1. Reading Cootie Catchers

This printable comprehension cootie catcher provides a great deal of fun for 6th grade students and can be used with any fictional book. This cute foldable is available in three different versions and can be used as a great review game with a partner. Find this entertaining cootie catcher foldable activity here.

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2. Comprehension Worksheet

This printable 6th grade reading comprehension worksheet focuses on Rudyard Kipling's classic tale about the mongoose Rikki-tikki-tavi. 6th grade readers can practice many reading comprehension skills through the completion of this reading passage assignment. It includes interpretation of figurative language, identification of the sequence of events, and determination of contextual vocabulary.

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3. Making Meaningful Inferences

This free activity serves as an introduction to understanding inference which is a crucial reading skill. This 6th grade level activity will engage your students as they immediately understand how to infer while reading. Help your students become inference experts by using this inferential skill activity today!

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4. Question Asking  

Asking questions is a crucial reading strategy. It is imperative that students learn to ask questions of various depths while reading. This activity teaches students how to ask questions for comprehension improvement. To learn more about how to incorporate this crucial skill into your 6th grade lessons, you can find these activities here .

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5. Context Clues

This engaging activity allows students to practice with context clues. The purpose of this comprehension game is to allow students the opportunity to examine reading strips and use context clues to determine the meanings of words they do not know. Students must also classify the types of context clues they used to determine the word meanings. Learn more about this activity here.

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6. 15 Vocabulary Instructional Strategies

Check out these 15 instructional strategies to teach meaningful vocabulary skills to your 6th graders. With these strategies, you can empower your students as they learn and use challenging words. To improve academically, students must have increased vocabulary skills. Help your students improve their vocabulary skills by implementing these strategies into your lesson plans.

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7. Comprehension Questions: Break Them Down

One of the best comprehension strategies you can teach your students is how to break down comprehension questions. This strategy allows students to be able to more deeply analyze questions. Through this activity, you will teach your students how to successfully recognize key phrases or words that are linked to reading skills and strategies. Learn how to do this here.

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8. Body Biography Chart

This graphic organizer is a terrific activity for teaching characterization. Your students learn to support the traits and descriptions of characters by providing textual evidence . These activities increase students' emotional connections to the text which increases comprehension skills. This activity focuses on the major character, Brian, from Gary Paulsen's Hatchet and can be located here.

Learn more: studyallknight.com

9. Online Games to Practice Reading Comprehension

Students' reading levels vary within the classroom; therefore, differentiating instruction is a critical element. Online games that allow the opportunity to practice reading comprehension skills assist with differentiating instruction. Try online games combined with reading comprehension passages to keep your students engaged. Find a list of popular online games and suggestions here.

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10. Infer Character Traits Through Dialogue

In this practice activity, students will learn the importance of character development. Language arts skills require students to be able to compare and contrast characters and use textual evidence. They must also be able to answer questions about characters. View this lesson here and also download the free graphic organizer.

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Concluding Thoughts

Reading comprehension is a crucial element needed to provide students with a strong foundation for educational success. Each of the reading comprehension activities provided in this informative article will assist you and provide you with additional opportunities and ideas as you strive to help your 6th grade students improve their reading comprehension skills and strategies.

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These grade 6 reading comprehension worksheets are taken from a series of leveled reading workbooks . The series ranges in difficulty from A to Z and is correlated to grade levels; each successive level provides greater challenge .  The full workbooks are available for download from our bookstore for only $2.99 / book.

These children's stories are leveled based on text complexity (vocabulary, word size, sentence length, amount of repetitiveness, subject matter complexity). Each workbook contains fiction and non-fiction texts, followed by reading comprehension exercises.  Topics vary; we try to make reading interesting and/or fun. Answer sheets are provided.

Grade 6 leveled reading workbooks - part of our A-Z series of leveled readers; levels V-Z are at a grade 6 level.  

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Oh, those loveable 6th graders! What would middle school be like with out them? Here are all of my reading worksheets that were written at the 6th grade level. I used this fantastic site to determine the readability scores of these worksheets, but you should read and approve them yourself before giving them to your students. Readability scores are not perfect and there are many different algorithms to determine readability scores. I use an average of these scores, but they can vary wildly. For these reasons, I encourage you to open up the reading levels two grade levels in each direction. This will give you a good selection of texts that are appropriate for a 6th grade student to read.

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Honey Badgers | Nonfiction Reading Test - Despite their sweet sounding name, honey badgers are known for their relentless fighting spirit. Learn more about these interesting creatures and answer multiple-choice and extended-response questions with this activity. View my readibility scores . Honey Badgers | Nonfiction Reading Test | RTF Honey Badgers | Nonfiction Reading Test | PDF Honey Badgers | Nonfiction Reading Test | Preview Honey Badgers | Nonfiction Reading Test | Answers Honey Badgers | Nonfiction Reading Test | Ereading Worksheet

Koko | Nonfiction Reading Test - Language is often thought of as something that separates people from animals, but what if you could teach language to primates? How would that change the way that we understand language and animals? That was precisely what Dr. Penny Patterson set out to prove when she began teaching sing language to a gorilla named Koko. Learn more about the ups and downs of this experiment in this short reading passage. Then answer multiple-choice and long-response questions. This is more great practice for standardized tests. View my readibility scores . Koko | Nonfiction Reading Test | RTF Koko | Nonfiction Reading Test | PDF Koko | Nonfiction Reading Test | Preview Koko | Nonfiction Reading Test | Answers Koko | Nonfiction Reading Test | Ereading Worksheet

Google | Nonfiction Reading Test - Few companies have such an impact on our lives that they affect our language. Google is one of those companies. Learn more about my favorite company while reinforcing your reading skills with multiple-choice and long-response questions. View my readibility scores . Google | Nonfiction Reading Test | RTF Google | Nonfiction Reading Test | PDF Google | Nonfiction Reading Test | Preview Google | Nonfiction Reading Test | Answers Google | Nonfiction Reading Test | Ereading Worksheet

Trampolines | Nonfiction Reading Test - People have been having fun, and getting hurt, on trampolines for decades now. Learn more about the hidden threat lurking in millions of backyards around the world and answer some thoughtful and demanding multiple-choice and long-response questions. This is a great activity to get your test scores to jump high. View my readibility scores . Trampolines | Nonfiction Reading Test | RTF Trampolines | Nonfiction Reading Test | PDF Trampolines | Nonfiction Reading Test | Preview Trampolines | Nonfiction Reading Test | Answers Trampolines | Nonfiction Reading Test | Ereading Worksheet

Mongooses | Nonfiction Reading Test - Mongooses were first brought to Hawaii to kill rats that were ruining sugar cane crops. It didn't exactly work out that way. Find out what happened in this reading passage, and answer multiple-choice and long-response questions to bulk up your reading skills. View my readibility scores . Mongooses | Nonfiction Reading Test | RTF Mongooses | Nonfiction Reading Test | PDF Mongooses | Nonfiction Reading Test | Preview Mongooses | Nonfiction Reading Test | Answers Mongooses | Nonfiction Reading Test | Ereading Worksheet

“The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger” | By L. Frank Baum - One can end up in some uncomfortable places when one succumbs to peer pressure, or so this story would teach us. Your students will enjoy this short story by the man who brought us "The Wizard of Oz." View my readibility scores . “The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger” | By L. Frank Baum | RTF “The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger” | By L. Frank Baum | PDF “The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger” | By L. Frank Baum | Preview “The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger” | By L. Frank Baum | Answers “The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger” | By L. Frank Baum | Ereading Worksheet

“The Fir Tree” | By Hans Christian Andersen - One of Andersen’s lesser known works, this short story teaches readers to appreciate their lives while they are living them. This story is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to enjoy. View my readibility scores . “The Fir Tree” | By Hans Christian Andersen | RTF “The Fir Tree” | By Hans Christian Andersen | PDF “The Fir Tree” | By Hans Christian Andersen | Preview “The Fir Tree” | By Hans Christian Andersen | Answers “The Fir Tree” | By Hans Christian Andersen | Ereading Worksheet

“The Tell-Tale Heart” | By Edgar Allan Poe - Poe may be the grandfather of gothic horror writings, but some of his texts can be inaccessible to students. Fortunately, this one is not such a text. Studying this story is a great way to lead into a discussion on the reliability of the narrator, as Poe's narrator is rather unreliable in this text. View my readibility scores . “The Tell-Tale Heart” | By Edgar Allan Poe | RTF “The Tell-Tale Heart” | By Edgar Allan Poe | PDF “The Tell-Tale Heart” | By Edgar Allan Poe | Preview “The Tell-Tale Heart” | By Edgar Allan Poe | Answers “The Tell-Tale Heart” | By Edgar Allan Poe | Ereading Worksheet

“The Gift of the Magi” | By O. Henry - This story is probably O. Henry's best known work. It is the classic tale of a young couple who sacrifice their greatest treasures for one another and in the process prove that love is the greatest gift of all. View my readibility scores . “The Gift of the Magi” | By O. Henry | RTF “The Gift of the Magi” | By O. Henry | PDF “The Gift of the Magi” | By O. Henry | Preview “The Gift of the Magi” | By O. Henry | Answers “The Gift of the Magi” | By O. Henry | Ereading Worksheet

“The Story of Keesh” | By Jack London - This is an uplifting story that teaches readers the value of ingenuity, self-sufficiency, and perseverance. A young man overcomes all odds to become the greatest hunter in his village. View my readibility scores . “The Story of Keesh” | By Jack London | RTF “The Story of Keesh” | By Jack London | PDF “The Story of Keesh” | By Jack London | Preview “The Story of Keesh” | By Jack London | Answers “The Story of Keesh” | By Jack London | Ereading Worksheet

“The Ransom of Red Chief” | By O. Henry - The classic tale of two bumbling kidnappers who find themselves at the mercy of their hostage. This story is a great way to introduce the notion of irony to your class. View my readibility scores . “The Ransom of Red Chief” | By O. Henry | RTF “The Ransom of Red Chief” | By O. Henry | PDF “The Ransom of Red Chief” | By O. Henry | Preview “The Ransom of Red Chief” | By O. Henry | Answers “The Ransom of Red Chief” | By O. Henry | Ereading Worksheet

“2 B R 0 2 B” | By Kurt Vonnegut - This short story gives readers a glimpse into a futuristic world where people live forever and the population has been capped. Warning: This text contains violence and may not be appropriate for younger students. View my readibility scores . “2 B R 0 2 B” | By Kurt Vonnegut | RTF “2 B R 0 2 B” | By Kurt Vonnegut | PDF “2 B R 0 2 B” | By Kurt Vonnegut | Preview “2 B R 0 2 B” | By Kurt Vonnegut | Answers “2 B R 0 2 B” | By Kurt Vonnegut | Ereading Worksheet

“Mr. Brisher’s Treasure” | By H. G. Wells - A man finds buried treasure but has his hands full trying to bring it home. Students will love the narrative tension and ironic twist, if they can manage to forget about the narrator's thick dialect. View my readibility scores . “Mr. Brisher’s Treasure” | By H. G. Wells | RTF “Mr. Brisher’s Treasure” | By H. G. Wells | PDF “Mr. Brisher’s Treasure” | By H. G. Wells | Preview “Mr. Brisher’s Treasure” | By H. G. Wells | Answers “Mr. Brisher’s Treasure” | By H. G. Wells | Ereading Worksheet

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Author's Purpose Worksheet 6 - This is a double-sided worksheet with eleven problems on author's purpose. Student determine the author's main purpose in writing the text based on short descriptions. Then they explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Author's Purpose Worksheet 6 | RTF Author's Purpose Worksheet 6 | PDF Author's Purpose Worksheet 6 | Preview Author's Purpose Worksheet 6 | Answers

Author's Purpose Quiz 2 - This is a 15 question multiple choice quiz on author's purpose. Students read short descriptions of texts and determine the author's main purpose. View my readibility scores . Author's Purpose Quiz 2 | RTF Author's Purpose Quiz 2 | PDF Author's Purpose Quiz 2 | Preview Author's Purpose Quiz 2 | Answers

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Characterization Worksheet 3 - This worksheet has ten very short stories. Students identify an indirect characterization based on the text. Then they explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Characterization Worksheet 3 | RTF Characterization Worksheet 3 | PDF Characterization Worksheet 3 | Preview Characterization Worksheet 3 | Answers

Context Clues 1.3 - This worksheet offers great practice with context clues. Determine the meanings of twelve bolded vocabulary words based on how each is used in a sentence. This worksheet asks students to take the extra and oh-so critical step of explaining their answers. View my readibility scores . Context Clues 1.3 | RTF Context Clues 1.3 | PDF Context Clues 1.3 | Preview Context Clues 1.3 | Answers

Context Clues 1.4 - Studying vocabulary can be tricky. There are so many words to learn. You are better off practicing strategies to decode unfamiliar words. This worksheet will help you improve your ability to use the context of a sentence to determine the meanings of challenging vocabulary words. View my readibility scores . Context Clues 1.4 | RTF Context Clues 1.4 | PDF Context Clues 1.4 | Preview Context Clues 1.4 | Answers

Context Clues 1.6 - This worksheet will help you build your vocabulary skills with twelve more practice problems. Read the sentences and figure out what the bold words mean based on how they are used. Then explain your answers. View my readibility scores . Context Clues 1.6 | RTF Context Clues 1.6 | PDF Context Clues 1.6 | Preview Context Clues 1.6 | Answers

Context Clues 2.1 - This worksheet will give students practice determining the meanings of challenging vocabulary words based on the context in which they are used. It has twelve problems to give students practice developing this crucial reading skill. View my readibility scores . Context Clues 2.1 | RTF Context Clues 2.1 | PDF Context Clues 2.1 | Preview Context Clues 2.1 | Answers

Context Clues 2.2 - This worksheet has twelve more challenging vocabulary words used in context-rich sentences. Determine the meanings of the words and explain your answers. View my readibility scores . Context Clues 2.2 | RTF Context Clues 2.2 | PDF Context Clues 2.2 | Preview Context Clues 2.2 | Answers

Context Clues 2.3 - Students will build vocabulary skills as they decode the meanings of vocabulary words based on how they are used in context-rich sentences. Students consider their responses as the worksheet requires them to explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Context Clues 2.3 | RTF Context Clues 2.3 | PDF Context Clues 2.3 | Preview Context Clues 2.3 | Answers

Context Clues 2.7 - This worksheet has still more practice with context clues. Would you believe that it has 12 more context-rich sentences and that it asks students to explain their answers? View my readibility scores . Context Clues 2.7 | RTF Context Clues 2.7 | PDF Context Clues 2.7 | Preview Context Clues 2.7 | Answers

Fact and Opinion Worksheet 1 - Students read 25 short statements and determine whether each is a fact or an opinion. Students also explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Fact and Opinion Worksheet 1 | RTF Fact and Opinion Worksheet 1 | PDF Fact and Opinion Worksheet 1 | Preview Fact and Opinion Worksheet 1 | Answers Fact and Opinion Worksheet 1 | Ereading Worksheet

Figurative Language Poem | "The Dawn’s Awakening!" - Otto Leland Bohanan writes a beautiful poem with multiple layers. This poem uses personification, metaphor, hyperbole, and some great imagery. Students read the poem and answer questions about figurative language techniques and poetic devices used in the poem. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Poem | "The Dawn’s Awakening!" | RTF Figurative Language Poem | "The Dawn’s Awakening!" | PDF Figurative Language Poem | "The Dawn’s Awakening!" | Preview Figurative Language Poem | "The Dawn’s Awakening!" | Answers

Figurative Language Worksheet 6 - This worksheet has 23 more examples of figurative language taken from classic poems. Students read each example, identify the technique, and explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Worksheet 6 | RTF Figurative Language Worksheet 6 | PDF Figurative Language Worksheet 6 | Preview Figurative Language Worksheet 6 | Answers Figurative Language Worksheet 6 | Ereading Worksheet

Figurative Language Worksheet | "Lord of the Flies" - This worksheet has 26 figurative language techniques plucked from one of my favorite books, "Lord of the Flies." Students read each example, identify the technique being used, and explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Worksheet | "Lord of the Flies" | RTF Figurative Language Worksheet | "Lord of the Flies" | PDF Figurative Language Worksheet | "Lord of the Flies" | Preview Figurative Language Worksheet | "Lord of the Flies" | Answers Figurative Language Worksheet | "Lord of the Flies" | Ereading Worksheet

Figurative Language Worksheet | Edgar Allen Poe - This worksheet has ten figurative language techniques taken from the original master of horror's texts. Students identify each figurative language technique and explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Worksheet | Edgar Allen Poe | RTF Figurative Language Worksheet | Edgar Allen Poe | PDF Figurative Language Worksheet | Edgar Allen Poe | Preview Figurative Language Worksheet | Edgar Allen Poe | Answers Figurative Language Worksheet | Edgar Allen Poe | Ereading Worksheet

Figurative Language Worksheet | O. Henry - This worksheet has 23 examples of figurative language techniques taken from one of my favorite author's texts. This worksheet covers each of the following techniques: alliteration, onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, or understatement. View my readibility scores . Figurative Language Worksheet | O. Henry | RTF Figurative Language Worksheet | O. Henry | PDF Figurative Language Worksheet | O. Henry | Preview Figurative Language Worksheet | O. Henry | Answers Figurative Language Worksheet | O. Henry | Ereading Worksheet

Idioms Test 1 - This idiom test has fifteen multiple-choice questions to test students' understanding of idioms (which are commonly used figurative expressions). Each idiom is used in a contextually rich sentence. Students determine the meaning and choose the appropriate answer. View my readibility scores . Idioms Test 1 | RTF Idioms Test 1 | PDF Idioms Test 1 | Preview Idioms Test 1 | Answers Idioms Test 1 | Ereading Worksheet

Idioms Worksheet 2 - This worksheet has another fifteen commonly used expressions with which students are surprisingly unfamiliar. Students must determine the meaning of each idiom based on how it is used. View my readibility scores . Idioms Worksheet 2 | RTF Idioms Worksheet 2 | PDF Idioms Worksheet 2 | Preview Idioms Worksheet 2 | Answers

Onomatopoeia Worksheet 1 - This worksheet has 25 examples of onomatopoeia used in sentences. Students read the sentence, circle the onomatopoeic word, and identify what made the noise. View my readibility scores . Onomatopoeia Worksheet 1 | RTF Onomatopoeia Worksheet 1 | PDF Onomatopoeia Worksheet 1 | Preview Onomatopoeia Worksheet 1 | Answers

Onomatopoeia Worksheet 2 - This worksheet has 25 sentences using onomatopoeia. Students identify each use and explain what made the noise. View my readibility scores . Onomatopoeia Worksheet 2 | RTF Onomatopoeia Worksheet 2 | PDF Onomatopoeia Worksheet 2 | Preview Onomatopoeia Worksheet 2 | Answers

Poetic Devices Worksheet 2 - This worksheet takes two double-sided pages to print. It has a whopping 27 examples of language rich with poetic devices. Students determine which poetic devices are used in each question and then explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Poetic Devices Worksheet 2 | RTF Poetic Devices Worksheet 2 | PDF Poetic Devices Worksheet 2 | Preview Poetic Devices Worksheet 2 | Answers

Simile Worksheet 1 - This worksheet has 10 similes. Students identify which two things are being compared and then put the simile into literal language using their own words. View my readibility scores . Simile Worksheet 1 | RTF Simile Worksheet 1 | PDF Simile Worksheet 1 | Preview Simile Worksheet 1 | Answers

Simile Worksheet 2 - This worksheet features 10 similes taken from classic poems. Students determine the two things being compared in each simile, and then they express the simile in literal language using their own words. View my readibility scores . Simile Worksheet 2 | RTF Simile Worksheet 2 | PDF Simile Worksheet 2 | Preview Simile Worksheet 2 | Answers

Personification Worksheet 2 - This worksheet contains 10 examples of personification. Students explain what is being personified and what human trait or quality it is given. View my readibility scores . Personification Worksheet 2 | RTF Personification Worksheet 2 | PDF Personification Worksheet 2 | Preview Personification Worksheet 2 | Answers

Inferences Worksheet 1 - It is tough to find good activities that give students practice with making inferences, but you just found one! Students read four scenarios and answer inferential questions. Then they find text to support their inferences. View my readibility scores . Inferences Worksheet 1 | RTF Inferences Worksheet 1 | PDF Inferences Worksheet 1 | Preview Inferences Worksheet 1 | Answers

Irony Worksheet 2 - This worksheet has five short stories. Each short story contains something ironic. Students identify the example of irony and figure out whether it is dramatic, verbal, or situational. Then they explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Irony Worksheet 2 | RTF Irony Worksheet 2 | PDF Irony Worksheet 2 | Preview Irony Worksheet 2 | Answers Irony Worksheet 2 | Ereading Worksheet

Irony Detectives Activity - Students read about seven different criminal acts. There is an ironic twist to each crime. Students identify the type of irony used in each example and then make their cases (explain their answers). View my readibility scores . Irony Detectives Activity | RTF Irony Detectives Activity | PDF Irony Detectives Activity | Preview Irony Detectives Activity | Answers

Making Predictions 1 - Making predictions is an inferential skill. This worksheet will help students practice this skill. Students read five passages, each containing textual evidence suggesting a future event. Students predict what will happen next and then support their predictions with text. View my readibility scores . Making Predictions 1 | RTF Making Predictions 1 | PDF Making Predictions 1 | Preview Making Predictions 1 | Answers

Point of View Worksheet 2 - Students read 15 paragraphs pulled from interesting texts. Students must determine the narrator's perspective in each text and then explain their answers. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 2 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 2 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 2 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 2 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 2 | Ereading Worksheet

Point of View Worksheet 12 - Check out this awesome point of view worksheet. It features nine interesting passages. Students determine the narrator's viewpoint and explain their answers. The online version works in any modern browser. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 12 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 12 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 12 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 12 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 12 | Ereading Worksheet

Point of View Worksheet 20 - Here's another 4 page point of view worksheet with 19 questions. Students read each passage, identify the narrator's viewpoint, explain their answers, and circle characters' thoughts. This is a great practice activity for students working on mastering narrative perspective. View my readibility scores . Point of View Worksheet 20 | RTF Point of View Worksheet 20 | PDF Point of View Worksheet 20 | Preview Point of View Worksheet 20 | Answers Point of View Worksheet 20 | Ereading Worksheet

Story Structure Worksheet | "The Breakaway" - Students read about a young man whose fortunes suddenly shift when he sustains an injury while playing sports. Students then analyze the structure of the story and answer questions related to the plot. View my readibility scores . Story Structure Worksheet | "The Breakaway" | RTF Story Structure Worksheet | "The Breakaway" | PDF Story Structure Worksheet | "The Breakaway" | Preview Story Structure Worksheet | "The Breakaway" | Answers Story Structure Worksheet | "The Breakaway" | Ereading Worksheet

Story Structure Worksheets | "When Gertrude Grew Great" - Students read a short story about a girl who learns to realize her full potential. Then they analyze the story and answer questions based on its structure. View my readibility scores . Story Structure Worksheets | "When Gertrude Grew Great" | RTF Story Structure Worksheets | "When Gertrude Grew Great" | PDF Story Structure Worksheets | "When Gertrude Grew Great" | Preview Story Structure Worksheets | "When Gertrude Grew Great" | Answers

Story Structure Worksheet | "An Unexpected Chat" - Students read a story about a young boy who learns a lesson about bullying others. Then they analyze the story and identify its structure. View my readibility scores . Story Structure Worksheet | "An Unexpected Chat" | RTF Story Structure Worksheet | "An Unexpected Chat" | PDF Story Structure Worksheet | "An Unexpected Chat" | Preview Story Structure Worksheet | "An Unexpected Chat" | Answers

Story Structure Worksheet | "The Wallet" - Students read a short story about a young girl who is faced with a difficult decision after finding a wallet. Then they analyze the story and identify its structure. View my readibility scores . Story Structure Worksheet | "The Wallet" | RTF Story Structure Worksheet | "The Wallet" | PDF Story Structure Worksheet | "The Wallet" | Preview Story Structure Worksheet | "The Wallet" | Answers

Text Structure Worksheet | Shoes - Students read 5 paragraphs about shoes and determine the structure of each (compare and contrast, cause and effect, etc.) Then they create an appropriate graphic organizer to visually represent the structure of the passage and add information from the passage into their graphic organizers. View my readibility scores . Text Structure Worksheet | Shoes | RTF Text Structure Worksheet | Shoes | PDF Text Structure Worksheet | Shoes | Preview Text Structure Worksheet | Shoes | Answers

Text Structure Worksheet | Dogs - This worksheet has 5 paragraphs about dogs. Students read each paragraph and identify the structure of the text. Then they create graphic organizers to visually represent the structure of the text and put information from the passage into their graphic organizers. View my readibility scores . Text Structure Worksheet | Dogs | RTF Text Structure Worksheet | Dogs | PDF Text Structure Worksheet | Dogs | Preview Text Structure Worksheet | Dogs | Answers

Theme Worksheet 1 - Students read five short stories and attempt to identify the theme or author's message in each story. Then they explain their answers by using text. View my readibility scores . Theme Worksheet 1 | RTF Theme Worksheet 1 | PDF Theme Worksheet 1 | Preview Theme Worksheet 1 | Answers

Theme Worksheet 3 - Students read five short stories and attempt to determine the theme or author's message. Then they support their answers with evidence from the text. View my readibility scores . Theme Worksheet 3 | RTF Theme Worksheet 3 | PDF Theme Worksheet 3 | Preview Theme Worksheet 3 | Answers

Theme Worksheet 5 - This worksheet has five more short stories that teach big lessons. Students read each, determine the theme or author's message, and then support their answer with text. View my readibility scores . Theme Worksheet 5 | RTF Theme Worksheet 5 | PDF Theme Worksheet 5 | Preview Theme Worksheet 5 | Answers

Theme Worksheet 7 - This worksheet has five more passages to give your students practice thinking about themes. Students also support their answers with text, which is always good. View my readibility scores . Theme Worksheet 7 | RTF Theme Worksheet 7 | PDF Theme Worksheet 7 | Preview Theme Worksheet 7 | Answers

Tone Worksheet 1 - Students read four emotive poems, identify the subject, and attempt to determine the speaker's tone in each. They also use the text to support their answers. View my readibility scores . Tone Worksheet 1 | RTF Tone Worksheet 1 | PDF Tone Worksheet 1 | Preview Tone Worksheet 1 | Answers

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Types of Conflict Worksheet 1 - Students read ten story summaries. From each summary they must determine the protagonist, antagonist, and type of conflict. View my readibility scores . Types of Conflict Worksheet 1 | RTF Types of Conflict Worksheet 1 | PDF Types of Conflict Worksheet 1 | Preview Types of Conflict Worksheet 1 | Answers

Types of Conflict Worksheet 4 - This worksheet has ten more story descriptions. Students read each passage and identify the protagonist, antagonist, and type of conflict. View my readibility scores . Types of Conflict Worksheet 4 | RTF Types of Conflict Worksheet 4 | PDF Types of Conflict Worksheet 4 | Preview Types of Conflict Worksheet 4 | Answers

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The reading comprehension passages below include sixth grade appropriate reading passages and related questions. Each worksheet also includes a cross-curricular focus on earth science, physical science, history, social sciences, or life sciences. This allows students to build their reading comprehension skills and reinforce knowledge in other subject areas. Each of the passages measure between Lexile level ranges 925 - 1070.

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Your student will answer some word meaning questions in this reading comprehension worksheet on waves and currents.

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Scholastic Teachables (formerly Scholastic Printables) offers more than 1,000 sixth grade reading comprehension worksheets that that span a variety of topics and themes targeted for 6th grade skills. Reading comprehension worksheets feature reading response and close reading activities, text and question sets, graphic organizers, writing prompts, and more that build a variety of skills and strategies for understanding fiction and nonfiction texts.

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11 Free 6th Grade Reading Fluency Passages For Your Class

It’s no secret that the 6th grade is a life-changing year for kids. They get to bid their childhood farewell and march a few steps toward adulthood. It’s also a perfect chance for kids to improve some skills, like fluent reading.

In middle school, kids should be able to read fluently and quickly. And while achieving that isn’t particularly easy, practice makes perfect. So whether you’re a teacher or a parent, you’ll need reliable reading fluency passages for your kids.

To help you, we’ve made a list of 11 free 6th-grade reading fluency passages for your class. So, without further ado, let’s jump in!

1. Bowling Basics Fluency Passages

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The Bowling Basics 6th-Grade Reading Fluency Passages will make for excellent reading practice for your kids. The package includes three comprehension activities to help sixth graders improve their skills. Also, it comes with a teacher copy and a black and white copy that you can use for various students at once.

You can find the package on Teachers Pay Teachers .

2. Mrs. Warner’s Learning Community Fluency Passages

While fourth graders should read 100 words per minute, fifth and sixth graders should reach 150 words. Although the number looks scary, your kid can quickly get there if they practice with Mrs. Warner’s Learning Community Passages.

The passage introduces many enjoyable topics for kids, and each one comes with two comprehension questions at the end for more practice.

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You can check the passages on Mrs. Warner Arlington .

3. Mr. Anker Reading Fluency Selections

Do you want to organize a reading intervention for your class? If so, you’ll love the Mr. Anker Reading Fluency Selections. They introduce many exciting topics to prevent the kids from getting bored.

Also, they’ll get your students all ready for middle school and its reading challenges. That said, they don’t include questions.

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Note that you should calculate the words read by your students in one minute to know whether their reading rate is improving.

You can take a look at the comprehension passages on Henry Anker .

4. Joy Fluency Passage and Comprehension Activities

What’s a better way to improve your students’ reading fluency than with an enjoyable passage and some activities?

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This way, you’ll challenge your sixth graders’ skills and make them feel a bit competitive.

You can check the passage on Teachers Pay Teachers .

5. Gentleness Fluency Passage and Comprehension Questions

The Gentleness Fluency Passage is suitable for kids at the 6th-8th grade level. It works wonders with students and has an easy flow so that the kids don’t find it challenging to have every word read in a short time.

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Accordingly, if they don’t know the answers, they’ll have to do repeated readings, which will improve their skills even more.

You can download the fluency passage on Teachers Pay Teachers .

6. Reading A-Z Fluency Practice Passages

Our favorite part about the Reading A-Z Fluency Practice is that it provides many suitable passages for many reading levels. So even if your kid is in the sixth grade but still doesn’t read 150 words per minute, you can start with easy passages till they become better.

You can take a look at the practice passages on Reading A-Z .

7. Reading Sage Fluency Drills

Reading Sage Fluency Drills provide a myriad of enjoyable topics for kids to read about. You can organize a reading competition for your students to get them more excited.

For instance, you can set a reading time of 30 seconds. Then, circle the first and last word read by your students. After they finish reading, count the words in between the circles to see how many terms they were able to read.

You can check the fluency drills on Reading Sage .

8. K12 Reader Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Trying to improve kids’ word recognition and fluent reading abilities is challenging, but the K12 Reader Comprehension Worksheets will make the process easier. They present many topics that kids are often curious about, like extreme weather conditions and Galileo’s inventions.

You can get the comprehension worksheets on K12 Reader .

9. Rowdy Reindeer Christmas Fluency Passages

Everybody loves Christmas, and you can incorporate the merry season into your kids’ reading activities by downloading the Rowdy Reindeer Christmas Fluency Passages. After your kids read, they’ll find a writing prompt that they can use to complete the story.

You can also use them to improve your kids’ reading rate, but don’t forget to count the words read in a minute.

You can check the passages on Teachers Pay Teachers .

10. Achieve the Core Fluency Packet

With Achieve the Core Fluency Packet, your kids will ace their reading activities. And if you’re inexperienced in teaching, don’t worry! The packet comes with instructions on how to use it. Luckily, it includes enough reading passages to use throughout the entire 6th-grade year.

It’s also suitable for seventh and eighth graders, so it’ll come in handy if your kid has older siblings.

You can take a look at the packet on Achieve the Core .

11. Long Vowel Digraphs Fluency Passage

Last but not least, the Long Vowel Digraphs Fluency Passage is ideal for 6th-grade students with learning disabilities . You can also use it for a lower grade level.

Overall, it’s a favorite for teachers and parents because of how easy and fun it is. Its only downfall is that the package includes only one passage.

You can check the fluency passage on Teachers Pay Teachers .

Jump In : Providing reading passages to your 6th-grade students not only challenges them to think logically but also motivates them to write their own passages, as well. Make this creative activity more productive by giving them essay writing exercises. Check out my list here — 50 Engaging 6th Grade Writing Prompts for Thoughtful Essays .

Frequently Asked Questions

Are fluency passages important for writing skills.

Yes, they are. Fluency passages don’t only affect reading skills, but they also improve writing because they help students with their comprehension and word recognition. As a result, they’ll be able to express themselves better on paper and know what words to use.

Does fluency affect comprehension?

Yes, it does. Studies show that fluency is essential for improving kids’ comprehension of texts. If students constantly stop reading because of bad fluency, they won’t be able to make connections between sentences.

The 6th grade is merely a preparatory year for middle school, and it’s ideal for improving reading fluency skills. Luckily, there are many free 6th-grade passages for fluency on the internet that can help your kids. More so, some of them are suitable for students with learning disabilities and work for more than one grade level.

All you’ll have to do is download the leveled passages, read the instructions, and schedule the reading activities throughout the school year!

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Guided reading is small-group instruction that supports each reader’s progress with mini-lessons, practice, and feedback. Students read books at their level and engage in activities before and after that help them build core reading skills. Read on to learn how to teach a guided reading lesson, plus see our favorite guided reading activity ideas.

What is included in a guided reading lesson?

You’ll use the same text across multiple guided reading lessons. Depending on the skills you’re teaching and the text, you may plan guided reading lessons that span a few days or a week. The point is to really get into the text and practice reading skills with your feedback and guidance.

Each guided reading lesson is broken into parts:

Mini lesson

A mini lesson that focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, word reading, fluency, or vocabulary. You can’t hit all of those in one mini lesson, so choose a skill that students will be using in the text they’re reading right after the mini lesson.

Read the book

Students read the decodable book independently. They may whisper-read while you listen, or they may read on their own and read aloud when you ask them to. During this time, you check in with students to make sure they are able to read and understand the text.

Comprehension activities

After students have finished reading, it’s time to talk about what they read. They’ll retell, answer questions, and engage in other comprehension-based activities.

The last part of a guided reading lesson is applying the skills they learned in writing. This could mean practicing writing words from the story, or writing sentences or responses to the story.

Preparing for Guided Reading

Guided reading takes planning—lots of planning. Doing this work on the front end will make guided reading an effective, fun time in your reading block. Here are the three steps you can take to make guided reading work:

Get students into groups

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Ashleigh’s Education Journey/guided reading groups via Ashleigh-educationjourney.com

Use data from your school’s universal screening and other assessments to identify which students are working on the same thing for guided reading groups. Maybe you have a group of students who are working on long vowel patterns, while another group is working on reading multi-syllabic words. The text they read will give them a chance to practice what they’re learning, so it’s important to have the right groups.

Choose an appropriate text

Text selection is key during guided reading. Students should be working in text that they can just reach with support since they’re spending their reading time being closely monitored. Look for decodable texts, or texts that have words that students have learned. So, a short-“a” decodable reader would have words that only have the short “a” sound—it won’t include long “a” words or other vowels.

As students get older, finding books that they’re interested in reading continues to be important, but you’ll look for books that have features you want to teach, like text features or text structure.

Set the schedule

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Ashleigh’s Education Journey/guided reading schedule

Set a schedule that ensures that each student gets what they need—students who are able to read and work more independently may need a different schedule than students who struggle to work on their own and need additional help with reading. A weekly schedule lets you make sure you’re hitting all the right skills and practice.

A guided reading schedule may also include intervention or Tier 2 groups. Read more about reading intervention .

Mini-Lesson Activities

Each guided reading lesson will start with a mini-lesson. You don’t have a lot of time, so focus on one aspect of reading that students are going to apply in the book that day.

Build and Write Words

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Ashleigh’s Education Journey/guided reading activity via Ashleigh-educationjourney.com

Give students practice forming words with letter tiles or cut-out letter squares. Students choose the letters they need to sound out words that they’ll read in the book. Then, with the model they’ve created, they can write the word in the next column.

Pop and Write

Example of a word making activity using markers and a pop it for guided reading

Mrs. Winter’s Bliss/word mapping activity via mrswintersbliss.com

In this guided reading activity, have students use a Pop-It to break a word into sounds. Then, students use a whiteboard marker to write the word. (Could you include more fun things in one activity?!) Combining the Pop-It for phonemic awareness and writing to practice encoding letter sounds is a great way to reinforce two skills at once.

CVC Word Reading

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Miss Kindergarten/CVC word reading via misskindergarten.com

Use cards like these from Miss Kindergarten to practice pointing to and blending each sound in a word. Choose words that will be in the book students are reading and point out when they use the same strategy they use during the practice in their actual book reading.

Pre-Teach Vocabulary

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The Science Penguin/vocabulary concept building via thesciencepenguin.com

Help students start to organize and remember new vocabulary by having them work with words. In this example from The Science Penguin , students sort new words according to parts of speech to help commit them to memory.

Sight Word Sticker Book

a sight word sticker book for students to use in guided reading

First Grader … at Last/sight word sticker book via Firstgraderatlast.blogspot.com

As students master sight words, have them put stickers by each word. Then, as a warm-up in guided reading, they can review the words they know and practice words they don’t. Set a day as sticker day, when they can prove that they’ve mastered a new word and add more stickers to their book.

Learn more: First Grader … at Last

Fluency Strips

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Mrs. Richardson’s Class/fluency Strips via mrsrichardsonsclass.com

In this guided reading activity, have students practice reading fluency with short, manageable strips of a phrase or a sentence or two. You can also print out sentences or short paragraphs from books they’re reading so you can build repeated reading practice into guided reading.

Learn more: Mrs. Richardson’s Class

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Word Family Fluency

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Miss Kindergarten/word family fluency via misskindergarten.com

Another way to work in some quick fluency practice is with word family sentence strips. Give students the strips for the word family they are working on and have them practice reading through the strips. If you organize them by color like Miss Kindergarten , you can also have a rainbow-sentence option with sentences from all the different word families.

example of phonics practice for guided reading

Mrs. Richardson’s Class/phonics practice example via mrsrichardsonsclass.com

Practice making words that have the same spelling pattern—for example, writing all the words that end in -igh. Choose spelling patterns students will see in the book you’re going to read so students can get maximum practice with the spelling patterns.

Read more: Phonics Activities

Preview the Text

Previewing the text, or looking at the main features, is a habit that you’ll want students to have as they read on their own. Use time during guided reading to preview each text before you read it.

Here’s how to preview a text with students:

During reading activities

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Teaching With Jennifer Findley/guided reading data tracker via jenniferfindley.com

During guided reading, the most important activity is reading. The teacher’s role is to listen as students read and then give them feedback on their reading. Correct a word here. Prompt them to use a strategy there.

Take notes on how students are reading each session so you have the data to track their progress.

Get it: Free printable guided reading note taker from Jennifer Findley

After reading activities

After students have read the text, it’s time to talk comprehension. They can practice retelling, answering questions, and discussing text with their small group. Their responses will show you how they’re doing in terms of understanding questions and pulling information out of the text.

Retelling Gloves

example of retelling gloves for guided reading

Buzzing With Ms. B/retelling gloves via buzzingwithmsb.com

Create a retelling glove and have students refer to each of the five fingers for each part of the story they should include in a retelling. This helps students who get lost in telling you all the details. You can have them put each finger down as they tell you that part of the story.

Learn more: Buzzing With Ms. B

Comprehension Fans

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Runde’s Room/Comprehension Fans via rundesroom.com

Organize questions onto strips or cards, and put a collection of these questions on a ring to create a “fan” for this guided reading activity. Then have students select a question from the fan to ask a group, or write a response.

Learn more: Runde’s Room

Check out this list of printable questions for book discussions .

Fill In the Graphic Organizer

graphic organizer for guided reading

Courtney Schermerhorn/graphic organizer via teacherspayteachers.com

A graphic organizer is a great way to help students organize information they pull from a text. As students learn how to complete graphic organizers and use text structure to understand text, provide graphic organizers with some parts filled in to model a correct response (read: full sentences) and give students a scaffold to complete the entire organizer.

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Reading Dice

dice with questions on them for guided reading

A Love 4 Teaching/reading dice via alove4teaching.blogspot.com

Write open-ended literature response questions on dice. Then, students roll the dice and answer the question that lands on top.

Learn more: A Love 4 Teaching

Comprehension Jenga

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Counselor Clique/Questions on a Jenga game via counselorclique.com

Counselor Clique wrote questions for post-career goals in this example, but for guided reading, write questions on Jenga blocks that apply to your students’ age and reading goals. Then, play a game of Jenga—students pull a block from the stacked tower and answer the question they get.

Summarize Together

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This Reading Mama/Summarizing Activity via thisreadingmama.com

Students practice summarizing using signal words by using sticky notes and papers that have the key features of a summary: who, what, when, where, why. After students write their signal words, they create a group summary by sticking them onto the paper. Over time, students can do this activity on their own or in a small group without direct supervision.

Read more: This Reading Mama

Bloom Balls

example of a bloom ball for guided reading

Coffee Cups & Lesson Plans/Bloom Ball activity via coffeecupslessonplans.com

Have older students create a Bloom Ball, a 12-sided ball with space to write on each side. Students write questions they can ask about any text, or projects they can do with any text, on each side. Then, they roll the ball to see which question they answer or which project they do.

Learn more at Coffee Cups & Lesson Plans .

Buy it: Bloom Ball template at Teachers Pay Teachers

Prediction Practice

example of activity for making predictions during guided reading

Raise the Bar Reading/making predictions activity via teacherspayteachers.com

Making predictions using information from the text is an important skill students use to maintain comprehension. Use a template, like this one from Raise the Bar Reading , to help students identify the information from the text, then use that information to make predictions.

Buy it: Making Predictions printable at Teachers Pay Teachers

Student-Led Groups

student led group roles for guided reading

The Mountain Teacher/student-led reading groups via themountainteacher.com

As students get older and learn how to discuss text on their own, put them into groups to discuss. Having roles in the group can help some students stay on task, and ensures that everyone has something to be accountable for.

Learn more: The Mountain Teacher

Guided Writing

The last part of guided reading is writing! This is when students are able to consolidate everything they learned, put it into their own words, and maybe add some more ideas.

Letter Writing

example of letter writing for guided reading

Whimsy Workshop Teaching/letter-writing examples via whimsyworkshopteaching.com

Letter writing is a great way to have students retell and engage with text. You can have students write a letter to a character (like the example from Whimsy Workshop Teaching ). Or have students put themselves in the mind of one character and write a letter to another character in the book from that point of view. This activity is good for after students read an especially dramatic part in the story and one character has a secret or new information they can’t wait to share.

Newspaper Article

example of newspaper template for guided reading writing practice

Kirsten’s Kaboodle/newspaper template via kirstenskaboodle.com

Newspaper writing is retelling for older students. This activity has students retell what happened in the day’s or week’s reading in a newspaper article format. Use a graphic organizer to make sure that students include all the relevant sections.

Buy it: Kirsten’s Kaboodle newspaper template

Pitch a Sequel

In this guided reading activity, have students write an idea for a sequel to the book or story they just read. Where would they take the characters next? What conflict would these characters get into next?

Comic Strip Retell

example of a comic strip retelling for guided reading

Mrs. RM/comic strip retelling via Pinterest

Another way to retell for older students: Use a comic strip format to show the beginning, middle, and end of a story or scene. For longer texts, you could have students build out a comic strip across multiple guided reading lessons, or have students work collaboratively to turn the entire story into a comic.

Graph Character Arc

This one will really engage students’ creativity. Students choose a type of graph (pie graph, chart, etc.) and track the character’s emotions or level of conflict in a scene or book. Label the graph with information from the story.

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Unfortunately many people assume that literacy centers are only for elementary students. However, middle schoolers benefit greatly from independent, small group instruction. Especially for reading and writing. So this post takes a deep dive into effective 6th grade literacy centers ideas. These stations will help your students grow stronger with their ELA skills in no time!

Plus, you can grab some free reading and writing activities to use in your classroom.

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What is Literacy in 6th Grade?

According to a study on struggling readers conducted by Renaissance , 82% of sixth graders who fail ELA do not graduate high school.

Reading and writing increase in complexity once kids hit middle school.

And the stakes are high for these students.

Literacy in 6th grade includes inferencing of much longer texts and writing longer passages with more details.

In addition to this, Grade 6 students must also master:

  • identifying Greek and Latin roots
  • citing text evidence
  • analyzing more complex plots, settings, characters, etc.
  • grammar skills that include reflexive and intensive pronouns with their antecedents

So, making sure every student gets targeted practice on what they need becomes critical for middle school ELA teachers.

Which is why I highly recommend literacy centers in 6th grade!

Breaking students into small groups allows them to have hands-on practice with various reading concepts.

Let’s take a closer look at some centers ideas for sixth graders.

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But Wait…Aren’t They Called “Literacy Stations?”

For anyone who is hesitant to try literacy centers in 6th grade, some of that relates to the word “centers.”

Since most early elementary teachers use centers, the assumption is that older students are too big for that.

As an upper elementary teacher, I still call them literacy centers.

However, if that seems too babyish for your big kids, feel free to call them literacy stations.

That doesn’t change how you will set them up or organize them in your classroom.

The Plot Flip Book–6th Grade Reading Centers

Since literacy in 6th grade includes a lot of analyzing, this activity will build up that skill.

The Plot Flip Book can be used with any book and it requires students to identify plot summary and supporting details.

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6th Graders need to fill out sections in their flip book with the following:

  • a brief summary
  • supporting details for setting
  • OR supporting details for characters

They also must write a few sentences telling how the settings or characters impact the plot of the story.

This reading comprehension skill shows up in my state academic standards, including Common Core.

The fact that you can use these plot flip books with any story makes them great 6th grade reading centers.

You don’t have to switch it out for a different activity every time you have a new story to read!

Greek and Latin Land Maze Game–Word Work for Big Kids

Socializing is a big deal for middle schoolers!

So, when you gameify your 6th grade literacy centers, students will stay engaged longer.

That’s what Greek and Latin Land offers: a fun, small group game where sixth graders get to practice their root words.

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Here’s how the game works:

  • Players spin (using a spinner that you provide) on a game card that has Latin or Greek prefixes and suffixes.
  • Then they move their “game piece” on the board with Latin or Greek root words.
  • Students must combine the affixes with the root word to form a new word, then use it in a sentence.

The student who forms the most words using affixes and roots wins.

An interactive game like this provides word work practice for big kids that they enjoy. Which is a win-win for you and your students!

Sentence Flippers–A Writing Center for Middle Schoolers

Since a lot of 6th grade writing involves longer paragraphs and essays, it’s helpful to work on building good sentences.

Not only that, but students need to know the difference between simple, compound, and complex sentences for grammar standards.

That’s where Sentence Flippers comes to the rescue.

It’s another partner game, but can still be used for independent practice when needed.

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6th graders have a piece of paper that’s the card deck holder. The three “card decks” are:

  • Conjunctions
  • Sentence Types

Students flip over one card each and must form a sentence based on what the cards show.

For example, let’s pretend the noun card says “dog,” the conjunction says “but,” and the sentence type says “compound.”

Then your students would need to write a compound using using the words “dog” and “but” in the sentence.

Students have a recording sheet where they write all their sentences, making it easier for you to take this center up as a grade.

You can even encourage students to make it competition with their partner by turning the cards over quickly, then “racing” to see who can write their sentence first.

It’s Time For an Argument–6th Grade Writing Activity

Several states have ELA standards for 6th graders to use persuasive skills in writing:

  • Common Core–Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • TEKS–Analyze characteristics and structures of arguments by identifying the claim.
  • VA Core–Present a convincing argument.

So this writing activity can be used with whole group lessons or with your other 6th grade literacy centers.

Students are given two topics. They must choose one and present the case for why one is better than the other.

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This writing assignment comes with graphic organizers that help 6th graders form their arguments.

Some of the topics included are:

  • Xbox vs. Nintendo Switch
  • Minecraft vs. Fortnite
  • Emojis vs. GIFS
  • Instagram vs. Snapchat
  • Floss Dance vs. Infinite
  • E-readers vs. Printed Books
  • Netflix vs. YouTube
  • iPhone vs. Android
  • School Uniforms vs Regular Clothes at School

There are also blank copies that let students come up with their own two topics to debate.

In addition to this, pages with sentence stems are also included for students who struggle with writing.

This allows them to still work independently while getting the extra support they need to be successful during center rotations.

How Long Should 6th Grade Literacy Centers Last?

Now that you have ideas for the types of literacy activities to do with 6th graders, let’s talk about planning your centers.

The frequency and amount of time for your centers will depend on several factors:

  • the total periods or classes you teach each day
  • how many students are in each class
  • what types of centers you’ll be using (some take longer to complete than others)

On top of this, you will also need to determine how many days of week you will have centers and whether you will do rotations or not.

If you want more nitty-gritty details and tips on how to set up your literacy block, I have this free guide.

It breaks down different time frames and what you could do during each block of time:

The best part about this guide is that I put the information on bookmarks that you can laminate to keep as a handy reference when planning your 6th grade centers.

Free 6th Grade ELA Activities

The ideas shared above are just some of the centers or stations you can try with your 6th graders.

If you want to test the waters with some free inferencing, writing centers, and reading activities, grab these free ones from my TpT store HERE .

Please be sure to let me know your thoughts on the freebie by leaving a rating on them.

Speaking of thoughts, comment below on the center idea above that you’re most interested in trying with your 6th graders? 🤔

Happy Teaching

The Butterfly Teacher

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Thank you. I am a full time long term sub, I feel if students can’t read and comprehend in Middle School or when done, it’s gonna be a hard life. I try everyday to be present and pour my heart in their learning. Reading and writing are so important. Thank you.

This is awesome i will use it as a resource teacher to support the gen.ed classroom

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