Science & STEM Reading Comprehension Passages

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  • A Bright Idea
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    Most of us don’t have to worry very much about the safety of our water. We turn on the faucet and, like magic, out flows clean pure water. But what if you find yourself far from the comforts of home? For example, you might be camping in the woods. Or you may be traveling in a country that lacks clean ...
  • A High-Tech Scavenger Hunt
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    As the entertainment technology in our homes becomes more advanced, there are fewer reasons than ever to leave the house and enjoy nature. In general, the games on our phones, computers, and televisions keep us glued to the couch. However, there is an exception to this rule. It is called geocaching, and it is a fun activity that mixes technology ...
  • A Historical Myth
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    Some historical myths are hard to get rid of. For example, Vikings didn’t wear helmets with horns on them. Thomas Edison didn’t invent the light bulb; he just borrowed the idea. George Washington never cut down a cherry tree. One particularly false story has to do with Christopher Columbus, the explorer who sailed to the Americas in 1492. The story ...
  • A Solution for Better Sleep
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    What is the last thing you see before falling asleep at night? A page of a book? The fuzzy nose of a teddy bear? Or is it the screen on an electronic device? New research suggests that viewing a screen just before falling asleep can be harmful. That is because electronic device screens emit blue light. This blue light interrupts ...
  • A Sweet Miracle
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    For those of us with a sweet tooth, healthy eating can be a challenge. Faced with the choice between a sugary slice of cake and a bitter plate of vegetables, it takes a lot of willpower to make the responsible choice. But dessert lovers, don’t despair! There is a solution…if you’re willing to travel, that is. In the tropical climate ...
  • A Virtual Field Trip
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be someone else for a day? These days, images and videos from the around the globe are just a click away. But actually imagining what it is like to see the world through someone else’s eyes? That is another matter. For Cayne Letizia, that was where virtual reality entered the ...
  • Counting Calories
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    On the back of every packaged food item sold at your local grocery store is a label containing nutritional information. The very first number on this label tells customers the number of calories that the food contains. An important component of healthy eating is paying attention to this “calorie count.” Most people know that calories tell us how much of ...
  • Daily Bread
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    Gregg Segal is a photographer who is interested in the cultures of the world. Some photographers simply aim to capture a lovely scene or a unique face. But Segal wants to use his photos to tell a story. Segal’s most successful project to date is called Daily Bread. Daily Bread is a series of forty-three photos that show children from ...
  • Drone Builders
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    Remote control flying vehicles, commonly called “drones,” are not a new invention. However, their popularity has exploded in recent years. This is mostly due to improvements in battery technology. Drones run on battery power. Today’s batteries are smaller, cheaper, and store more power than batteries of the past. This means that today’s drones are cheaper to buy and can fly ...
  • Jadav’s Forest
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    In a small forest hut outside a tiny village in eastern India lives a man named Jadav Payeng. Jadav has lived in this rural region of India for his entire life. He raises cattle, and his only source of income is the milk they produce. But despite his humble life, Jadav is admired across the world. When Jadav was 16, ...
  • Manhattanhenge
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    If you happen to be walking the streets of New York City on the evening of July 12th, 2018, get ready to see something special. The locals call it “Manhattanhenge.” The first thing you’ll notice will be the unusual number of people standing on the sidewalks gazing westward. In a city as bustling and busy as New York, it’s not ...
  • Measuring the Earth
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    Circumference is the distance around a curved object like a tennis ball or an orange. Measuring the circumference of everyday objects is not difficult. To measure the circumference of a grapefruit, for example, you might wrap a measuring tape or piece of string around it. But what if you wanted to measure the circumference of the Earth? Would you have ...
  • Mister Trash Wheel
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    The city of Baltimore, Maryland has been working hard to clean up its harbor. In 2014, they found some much-needed help in the form of a unique vessel that the locals call Mr. Trash Wheel. Mr. Trash Wheel is a self-navigating boat that steers around the harbor and picks up trash. It runs on solar power and uses a conveyor ...
  • Mobile Money
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    In the United States, 93% of adults have to a bank account. But in poorer countries, many people do not have access to banks. In fact, over two billion people across the globe do not have a bank account. Life without banks can be difficult. Instead of being paid with a check or a transfer of money directly to their ...
  • Origami Inspiration
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    Origami is the ancient art of paper-folding. It begins with a single sheet of thin paper. By folding the paper, the origami artist turns the flat sheet into a three-dimensional sculpture. Popular origami figures include cranes, swans, butterflies, flowers, and stars. Recently, however, origami has become more than just a fun pastime. Scientists are now using this ancient art to ...
  • Ransomware
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    The Internet is a powerful tool, but like any powerful tool, it can be dangerous if used carelessly. The latest threat to sweep across the online world is called ransomware. Ransomware is a combination of two words: ransom, which refers to money given to a kidnapper, and software, which refers to a computer program. Ransomware is a computer virus that ...
  • The Science of 3D Movies
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    The lights in the movie theater go down. A message appears on the screen that reminds you to put on your special glasses. Suddenly, the picture comes to life in three dimensions! Like magic, shapes and colors burst into the space between you and the screen. It is a wondrous experience. 3D movies may seem like cutting-edge technology, but you ...
  • Trash Patrol
    A Reading Comprehension Passage by Common Core Texts
    In the summer months, my younger sister and I used to spend our mornings scavenging for electronics equipment. We would patrol the neighborhood on our bicycles, looking for items left by the side of the road for the trash man to pick up. Lamps, alarm clocks, radios, stereos, televisions: all went into the basket on the back of my bike. ...