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The Industrial Revolution - Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 4 - 6

Integrate reading, writing, and American history with an Industrial Revolution passage, questions, and additional activities.

Read and Write About the Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution in America was a time of significant change and invention. This reading comprehension activity will allow your students to explore the Industrial Era,  including the invention of new machines, the growth of factories, and the creation of new jobs.

This reading passage is perfect for elementary social studies teachers looking for a quick activity that will help develop their students’ reading comprehension skills. It includes 10 Industrial Revolution questions that focus on essential facts about the era and an answer key to check your students’ answers.

Industrial Revolution Reading Worksheets

This U.S. History worksheet resource is a nonfiction reading passage based on general information about the Industrial Revolution in the United States. It is written for students in grades 3-5. We have included multiple additional activities to help you better align your content to your students’ reading levels. 

Tips for Differentiating Reading Instruction

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

Easily Download & Print Industrial Revolution Lesson Plans

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.  Included in your download is:

  • Grade Level Reading Passage
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Industrial Revolution Vocabulary Worksheet
  • Industrial Revolution Writing Prompt

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks. 

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This resource was created by Ali Endlich, a teacher in South Carolina and a Teach Starter Collaborator.


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