Attached are two articles. The first is an introductory article on Vikings with text dependent questions for 5th grade students. Questions are based on vocabulary, character traits and a point of view writing prompt.
Second article is one compiled from Historychannel.com about Leif Ericksson the first Viking to settle in North America. There is a video on Historychannel.com that would be great as an introduction before reading the Leif Ericksson article, but after the viking introduction.