Our 5 favorite fourth grade reading worksheets

Build a deeper understanding (and love) of language that'll last a lifetime.

By GreatSchools Staff

Hard Times: a classic novel

Is your baby ready for Dickens? Yes! For this excerpt, at least.

This reading worksheet features passages from Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times, giving your child a chance to try reading a more difficult text, building comprehension and vocabulary skills.

The Rabbit: understanding poetry

There are five forms of travel mentioned in this poem... What are they?

This reading worksheet helps your child understand the many ways language can be used. Your child will read the poem aloud and then answer questions about meaning and context.

Simile or cliché?

Not just lightweight — it's light as a feather!

In this reading worksheet your child will learn about similes as descriptive tools, and clichés as descriptive language that's overused. Learning the difference will help kids understand the many ways language can convey meaning, and boost writing skills, too.

Making metaphors

Metaphors are... that other language tool oft-mistaken for similes.

There's a reason kids learn about similes and metaphors around the same time — both are wonderful language tools. We present them separately because it's easy to confuse them (metaphors are descriptors that don't use "like" or "as"). In this reading worksheet, your child will practice spotting metaphors, writing them as similes, and evaluating which metaphors are most effective.

Thunder and lightning

What is thunder, anyway?

Your child can give you the answer! Here's a nonfiction text that explains thunder and lightning in scientific terms. This reading worksheet gives your child important practice reading a nonfiction science text and answering questions to build comprehension.