Space Reading Passages - Digital & Printable

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • Google Drive™ folder
  • Internet Activities
43 pages
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Are you ready to print and have students reading in a matter of minutes? Or do you need to use reading passages in a digital format for distance learning? This resource is the perfect answer! This set is all about Space Exploration.


This reading set is available in a PRINT-ONLY version:

The reading comprehension sheets with informational text are perfect in so many ways. You can print the pages or students will access the challenges in Google Drive through your Google Classroom!

This set features upper 3rd to fifth-grade skills of finding the main idea, determining word meaning in context, finding evidence, listing examples, inferring, and basic reading comprehension questions. The set also makes use of non-fiction text features. You will find the use of bold print, bullets, captions, fact boxes, a glossary, illustrations, italics, a map, subtitle, titles, tables, and a timeline.

Specific contents of this resource are:

  • Selection 1- The Challenger– in 2 reading levels
  • Selection 2- Sally Ride- in 2 reading levels
  • Selection 3 – Walking in Space-in 2 reading levels
  • Selection 4 – Bonnie Dunbar- in 2 reading levels
  • Newspaper Page- 3 articles (What is a Star?, Light-Years Away, and NASA – The Place for Explorers), an short fact box about falling stars, and a map showing locations of NASA facilities
  • Newspaper Comprehension page and two graphic organizers
  • Answer keys for all
  • Table of Contents listing levels, skills, Common Core standards, and non-fiction text features
  • Teacher's Guide with notes about reading levels, standards, organizations, and ideas for use
  • Terms of Use

The four reading passages are provided in two reading levels- an easier and a more challenging.

All answer keys are provided- in printable and digital formats. Specific skills and Common Core standards are listed on the table of contents page.

THE RESOURCE - You will have 4 files.

Space Printable, Guide and Answer Keys

Space Digital Set A

Space Digital Set B

Digital Versions Answer Keys

DIGITAL: To use this set you will add the file to your Google Drive. The teacher's guide has detailed directions if you are new to using this tool.

  • The digital sheets have text boxes that students will type responses on.
  • They may also need to drag and drop vocabulary words to match meanings or descriptions.

PRINTABLE: This set can be printed and used in several ways.

  • Email the pages to your students/parents to be printed.
  • Print the pages and assemble the set in an at-home packet.
  • Use the set in your classroom!

This reading set is available in a PRINT-ONLY version:

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Total Pages
43 pages
Answer Key
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.


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