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Reading is a very important part of learning a language. It's considered a receptive skill, otherwise known as a passive skill, which means that students don’t necessarily have to produce language - just receive it. But more often than not, students have difficulty reading because of vocabulary and/or the context involved. BusyTeacher.org offers 1,143 reading worksheets that are sure to help your students stay engaged in their reading, by providing interesting stories and effective exercises.

We as teachers don’t always have the time to make up our own stories, or go through books to pick out excerpts to present in our lessons. The reading worksheets on BusyTeacher.org offer a variety of different stories and texts in different categories and genres to help your students improve their reading ability and learn the language, all the while enjoying the stories they're reading. Depending on what you're aiming to teach, you can use these worksheets in a whole variety of different ways in the classroom. If a worksheet has a story that contains dialogue, you could assign roles to students and have them act out what the characters say. You can also use the stories on the worksheets to create comprehension questions. Some worksheets can even make for classroom discussion topics. After reading a passage, you can present a question to students, and ask them to give their opinions of where the story is going. These are just some of the many things you can do to make use of these worksheets in the classroom.

Whether you're teaching scanning, skimming, critical thinking, or reading for gist, BusyTeacher.org has the worksheet(s) you need for your lessons. There are worksheets on just about any topic you can think of - sports, business, history, and holidays to name a few. Another handy feature on BusyTeacher.org is that each worksheet has the level shown in the description, which makes it easy for you to find an appropriate worksheet for your students. The thumbnail can be opened to full page view, so you can check if the worksheet is right for your lesson. Some worksheets you'll find here are appropriate for several - or even for all levels, which means they're reusable for a future lessons with students at different levels.

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Adding Adjectives

Adding Adjectives

This English resource was made for primary/elementary students. Students are asked to add a descriptive adjective to each underlined noun. This will make the sentences more interesting and is good ...
7 Elementary
Story Book: City Girl, Country Boy

Story Book: City Girl, Country Boy

This power-point presentation is based on a story book called "City Girl, Country Boy" (Dolphin readers, level 4) which is suitable for elementary language learners. It shows some differences betw ...
5 Elementary
English Literature (up to XIX Century) Summary

English Literature (up to XIX Century) Summary

•Reading
This is a worksheet I use for my students after we've covered the history of English literature till the XIX century so that they could recollect the main milestones and have a clear summary in fr ...
1 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Early Reader Booklet - Words That Start with 'A'

Early Reader Booklet - Words That Start with 'A'

•, , Reading
Early Reader Booklet - Words that start with 'a'. This English resource was created for elementary/primary children and makes a great introductory booklet for young readers. It includes eight page ...
2 Elementary
Early Reader Booklet - Weather

Early Reader Booklet - Weather

•, Reading
This English resource was created for elementary/primary children and makes a great introductory booklet for young readers. It includes eight pages with sentences and pictures to colour that are a ...
3 Elementary
First Letter Sounds

First Letter Sounds

•, Reading
This is a fun worksheet for early learners to practice their first letter sounds. Children join each letter to the picture with the same beginning sound. There are five letters to match with each ...
4 Elementary
Steps to Undrestanding

Steps to Undrestanding

•Reading
Steps to Understanding includes short stories for different levels (introductory-advanced). This file contains the name of the stories for introductory and elementary levels. You can give each stu ...
6 Elementary
Reading Comprehension- Native Americans

Reading Comprehension- Native Americans

Rabeea
The following worksheet is a comprehension passage about native Americans. It includes general information as to why native Americans are called nomads and how they crossed the ice bridge and lear ...
4 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Elementary Reading: Kites by Bettina Ling

Elementary Reading: Kites by Bettina Ling

•, Reading
A 7 pages elementary level Scholastic book written by Bettina Ling about kites & colours. Content: A red kite flies. A yellow kite flies. An orange kite flies. A green kite flies. A blue kite ...
1 Elementary
English Lesson - What Is the Question? (1)

English Lesson - What Is the Question? (1)

This resource was created for primary/elementary students. It is a critical thinking worksheet: What's the question? Students are asked to read the answers and think of appropriate questions for e ...
5 Elementary
Interesting Inventions

Interesting Inventions

Elham Babaee
This PowerPoint is useful for Backpack 5 students. Some interesting inventions have been introduced which can be helpful for practicing language in the real world on pages 76-77 of this book. It c ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Victory Day in Modern Russia

Victory Day in Modern Russia

•Reading
There is a short text about modern traditions of celebrating Victory Day in Russia. Some words are translated and others are explained in pictures. The text wil be easy for people who live in Russ ...
5 All levels
Cloze Exercise - The Iron Age

Cloze Exercise - The Iron Age

•Reading
This resource was created for primary/elementary children and asks students to fill in the missing words from the word bank. This worksheet includes information about the Iron Age. There are 16 wo ...
4 Elementary
Cloze Exercise - The Bronze Age

Cloze Exercise - The Bronze Age

•Reading
This resource was created for primary/elementary children and asks students to fill in the missing words from the word bank. This worksheet includes information about the Bronze Age. There are 16 ...
5 Elementary
Cloze Exercise - The Stone Age

Cloze Exercise - The Stone Age

•Reading
This resource was created for primary/elementary children and asks students to fill in the missing words from the word bank. This worksheet includes information about the Stone Age. There are 16 w ...
5 Elementary
The Snow Queen Crossword Puzzle

The Snow Queen Crossword Puzzle

Joanna
Another easy worksheet based on a children tale The Snow Queen. This crossword puzzle will help you to check your students' knowledge of new vocab after reading the book. Crosswords are always fun ...
2 Complete BeginnerElementary
Winnie the Pooh - Guess the Characters

Winnie the Pooh - Guess the Characters

Joanna
•Reading
Three nice and easy worksheets connected to beloved Winnie the Pooh book. It is intended for young beginners. You can choose the task: matching the picture with the name or finding out the charact ...
1 Complete BeginnerElementary
Victory Day Worksheet [for Russian Speakers]

Victory Day Worksheet [for Russian Speakers]

I have prepared it for a clever boy of the 4th class (11 years old). There is a text divided in some fragments about the history of the Victory Day and Arctic Convoys. The vocabulary is translated ...
5 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Reading for Business English: The City of London

Reading for Business English: The City of London

maki
•, , Reading
I work in the secondary school of economics so these are great texts for reading and vocabulary, you can use it for reading or introduction activity for further vocabulary work: accounting, econom ...
2 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
The Tough Task/ Dolphin Readers, Level 4

The Tough Task/ Dolphin Readers, Level 4

•Reading
This PowerPoint is based on the story book, The Tough Task, Dolphin Readers, Level 4. It includes some questions to create interest in the language learners and some CCQs to check their understand ...
5 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Sherlock Holmes and the Duke's Son/ Oxford Bookworms, Chapter 1

Sherlock Holmes and the Duke's Son/ Oxford Bookworms, Chapter 1

•Reading
This worksheet contains some questions based on the first chapter of Sherlock Holmes and the Duke's Son/ Oxford Bookworms. Put the students into pairs or small groups and encourage them to answer ...
6 Elementary
George Brown Class Clown Super Burp Word Search

George Brown Class Clown Super Burp Word Search

Amy Townsend
•Reading
George Brown has a knack for getting into trouble. This word search is a fun worksheet to keep ss interested in reading. All of the words within the word search can be found in the book. This w ...
1 Elementary
London's Big Ben and Globe Theatre

London's Big Ben and Globe Theatre

Read about the Big Ben and Globe Theatre in London and then answer the questions. This is a worksheet of cultural interest and can be used either as a speaking task or as as a writing task. The so ...
5 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
April Fool's Day/ Reading

April Fool's Day/ Reading

•, Reading
This worksheet contains a reading comprehension about April Fool's Day (All Fool's Day). It includes a true/ false activity to check the learners' understanding. Hope it works well!
6 Elementary
Gypsies

Gypsies

This is part of the first unit with my students of 4th grade (15 to 17 years old). The unit is Lifestyles and they have chosen several sub-cultures to study during this unit. The worksheet include ...
8 Pre-Intermediate

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