Pirate Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions | ELA Room Transformation

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Arggggh! Ahoy, mates! Get ready to become a pirate in this engaging reading classroom transformation! Students complete nonfiction ELA test prep in a FUN way! When they complete all reading comprehension worksheets, they win! This EDITABLE pirate room transformation has lots of reading activities including main idea, text evidence, point of view, compare and contrast, and more. These informational reading passages are meant for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Print and digital versions are included.

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You want the Pirate Reading Classroom Transformation for Nonfiction Test Prep, but you may also want to review fiction text. Buy the Reading Add-on Pack so you can review fiction ELA skills too!

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When many people think of classroom transformations, they think:

“This would take me hours to set up.”

“This is going to cost so much money.”

“This looks so overwhelming.”

“I could never do this!”

What if I told you classroom transformations could be EASY to set up, FUN to implement, and STRESS-FREE?

Let's Start with the Basics...What is a Classroom Transformation?

A room transformation changes your room into a certain setting or theme to engage students in their own learning with rigorous content.

Classroom transformations are possible in EVERY classroom. You don’t have to spend hours of your time setting up a room transformation or spend lots of money to make it SO MUCH FUN!


  • Use context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words
  • Use text evidence to prove answers
  • Find the main idea and supporting details
  • identify the point of view
  • identify the setting
  • Answer questions about characters
  • Compare and contrast characters
  • Identify text structures
  • Identify causes and effects
  • Use inferencing
  • Use text features to answer questions about the text


Step 1: Tell your ELA class that they are pirates today and will practice a variety of ELA skills (with informational text). Students solve reading challenges set up around the room. They can be completed in any order and you can choose how many challenges students complete or what time frame they have to meet YOUR needs.

Set-up is quick and easy. Simply print the 10 posters, the reading worksheets, and a recording sheet for each student to mark. Place them around your room and you’re ready to begin! Additional door décor, printable hats, name tags, admission tickets, a banner, and more are included if you want to use them!

Step 2: Let grade 3, 4, or 5 students move around the room and solve each challenge. Each time students solve a reading challenge, they go to the teacher to get it checked. Students can work independently, in partners, or in groups. Your choice.

Step 3: When students finish all ten challenges (or however many you assign), they win! You can give them the certificate of completion included and the coloring page. I also reward my students with a cool eraser at the end.

Step 4 (OPTIONAL Fast Finisher Activity): Most of the time, there are early finishers. These kiddos get to go around the room and learn fun facts about the theme of the day! No one is ever bored. Choose from 3 different fun fact versions.

  • Digital Scavenger Hunt: Let students "find" the facts on Google Slides
  • Printable Fact Posters: Hang fact posters around the room for students to find
  • QR Codes: Students scan facts on an iPad or similar device to read fun facts


The PRINT version of the challenges is fully customizable! There are 3 versions included.

  1. Premade Version: The challenges are pre-made for you and are ready to print and go!
  2. 100% Editable Version: The challenges are pre-made for you but you can edit any text on the page! Change the title, the instructions, or the questions so they work best for your classroom. The passages are not editable, but EVERY question is!
  3. Blank / Create Your Own Content Version: Each challenge is blank and fully customizable. You can type anything you'd like on each page.

Please note: The digital version and clipart is not editable due to copyright laws.


  • Aligns with Common Core Reading Standards
  • Checklist to Keep You Organized
  • 10 Challenges Pre-Made for You
  • Black & White and Color Posters
  • Recording Sheet
  • Editable Reading Challenges
  • Editable Instructions for Kids
  • Answer Keys Included
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Door Decorations and Banner
  • Learning Targets and Folder Inserts
  • Extra Decor Posters
  • Editable Admission Tickets and Name Tags
  • Coloring Page
  • Printable Hats
  • Digital Version Included for Use with Google Slides™
  • Fast Finisher Activity with Fun Facts (3 Versions Included)
  • Pictures of Set-Up & Shopping Guide for “Extras”
  • Tips to Make the Room Transformation Even More Fun!

This is a perfect review activity before giving a reading assessment or as an extra practice activity. Step by step lesson plans are included so you know exactly what to do. It can be used as a spiral review and is easy to set up and implement. Classroom transformation ideas are a new trend in education and can set the stage to engage! Make sure to say "argh!" like a pirate while playing and practice that /ar/ sound!

You no longer need to spend hours prepping your classroom for your next room transformation! These hands-on, low prep activities will keep your students engaged while practicing rigorous material at the same time.

I also call these my Monday Funday reading games if you've seen them on Instagram! These are easy to implement classroom transformations!


You may also like this FREE Classroom Transformation Guide! It tells you exactly which Common Core Standards each reading classroom transformation aligns with.


With remote learning taking center stage in our communities, a digital version is now included! It's compatible with Google Slides™ and can be completed 100% digitally. That means no making copies and less prep for you!

How Does a Digital Classroom Transformation Work?

First, invite your students into a video call on whatever learning platform your school district uses. Set the scene and tell your class online what themed day they will be completing.

Then, assign your students the Google Slides™ activities that come with this digital classroom transformation. Each digital room transformation is interactive and has movable pieces for students to enjoy playing with. Every activity can be modified for what works best in your virtual classroom. A digital cover page, digital recording sheet, 10 digital challenges, and a digital certificate are included in the Google Slides file.

Finally, as a digital reward, students are invited to play the self-checking game that shows them fun facts about pirates. It's engaging, interactive, and a great way to motivate students throughout the digital room transformation while completing distance learning.

Let's Break Down What Comes in the Digital Version:

Instructions for the Teacher

Instructions How to Assign in Google Classroom Individually or in Teams

10 Google Slides Challenges

Digital Answer Key for Teacher or Self-Checking

Digital Self-Checking Reward Game

Videos Explaining Best Practice /How To Set It Up

Digital Tips and Tricks

What Do You Need to Do to Access Digitally?

-The digital version was created with Google Slides™.

-This means you will need a Google email to make a copy for your Google Drive.

-You can assign these games by assigning them in Google Classroom or send them via email to students.

Choose which version works best for your classroom -- print, digital, or a combination of both!

Looking for more Upper Elementary Reading Classroom Transformations that relate to real-world reading skills? Check out the whole series here!



Kindergarten Room Transformations

1st Grade Room Transformations

2nd Grade Room Transformations

3rd Grade Room Transformations

4th Grade Room Transformations

5th Grade Room Transformations

Reading Room Transformations

Reading Room Transformation Add-On Packs


Reading Task Cards

Build It Games for Reading Comprehension Skills

Short Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension Passages


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): 

Can I edit this?

YES! This comes with 3 versions: 1 set of pre-made challenges that are no-prep for you, 1 set of my challenges that are editable in case you want to change a few pages/questions, and 1 set of blank editable challenges if you want to add your own content. This means you could use this room transformation to teach any skill you’d like using the blank editable version!

Will a classroom transformation cost me a lot of money?

NO! Classroom transformations, or themed-days, do not have to cost you a fortune to complete. In fact, you can use ONLY what’s included in this purchase and have a great day with your students! Decor, posters, the academic challenges, and more extras are included so you have more than enough to set the scene. You do not need to spend extra money! There is more than enough for you to transform your classroom without spending any additional money. There is a shopping guide included for teachers who’d like to add additional supplies but that is completely optional.

How long will this take to set up?

It depends! Are you going to use all of the decorations provided or just a few? Are you going to buy additional decorations or just what’s included? You could set this room transformation up in as little as 10 minutes with just a few included posters printed out and put on the walls. There are also teachers who like to spend a few hours decorating their rooms. There’s no wrong answer and I’ve done both! Students LOVE a change from the normal environment and that's what makes a room transformation special--not how many hours you spend setting it up.

Personally, I like to set aside about 30 minutes before the school day starts to set up my room. Whatever I get done in that time period is what my students get to enjoy. This works perfectly for me–do whatever works best for your classroom! The important thing to remember is anything different from a “normal” day is going to be SO much fun for your students and they will love it no matter how much effort you put into decorating.

How long will it take my students to complete the room transformation?

  • If you are completing a math room transformation, I would estimate 1-2 hours.
  • If you are completing a reading room transformation, I would estimate about 2-3 hours.
  • If you are combining a math and reading room transformation together, I would allow several hours for students to complete the room transformation.

***Please note that these time frames will vary depending on: how many students you have, how quickly they work, what grade level you teach, ability levels, working in partners/groups/individually, etc.***

Can I do a room transformation in a shorter amount of time?

These room transformations are made to be flexible! If you only have 30 minutes to an hour to complete the room transformation, you’re able to use this resource! I include 10 challenges in each room transformation for students to complete. You could easily have students complete 5 (or any number you’d like) of the challenges to make it work for your time period. You can also have students work independently or in groups to make things go quicker or slower.

Can students complete less than 10 challenges?

Absolutely! Have students complete however many you think are appropriate for your classroom.

When do you recommend doing a room transformation?

The best time to complete a room transformation is at the end of a unit! When you’ve finished a skill and want to provide a fun, informal assessment of what students have learned, this is the perfect activity to pull out! I also love to do room transformations before holidays and on Friday afternoons as a reward for working hard all week.

How do you check student papers during a room transformation?

Students need to come see you to be checked after each academic challenge they complete. To help ease the number of papers you need to check, I suggest trying one of the following ideas:

  • having a few answer keys available for students to check themselves
  • have early finishers help you check other students’ papers
  • have students work in small groups or partners (fewer papers to check and students can assist one another)
  • check students after every 2 challenges instead of after every challenge
  • invite volunteers in on your room transformation day to help
  • put challenges together in a packet for easy checking

Have more questions?

I’m happy to answer at lindsaythelifetimelearner@gmail.com.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.


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