Earth Day Reading Comprehension

Printable Story with Interactive Review Questions. Read and test reading comprehension online or print and use offline. For 3rd or 4th Grade and up.


The Farmer and His Sons

An Aesop Fable

There was once an old farmer who was dying. The farmer had worked hard in his vineyard all his life.

Before he died he wanted to teach his two sons how to be good farmers. He called them and said, "My sons, before I die, I want you to know that there is a great treasure buried in the vineyard. Promise me that you will look for it when I'm dead."

The sons promised, and as soon as their father died, they began looking for the treasure. They worked very hard in the hot sun digging with their hoes and spades. As they worked they wondered what their father had left for them.

When they finished digging and tilling all the fields the sons said, "There is no treasure here!" They were very upset and disappointed after finding not even a single penny.

But then the grapes started to appear on the vines. The grapes grew very well and were the biggest and best in the area.

“Our treasure is in our hard work and care of the land," said the sons. From then on they always cared for the farm and were rewarded with good crops.

This story is
a fable
a poem
an information passage
a fable How many sons did the farmer have?
2
3
It doesn't say in the story.
2 How many daughters did the farmer have?
1
2
It doesn't say in the story.
It doesn't say in the story. What crop did the farmer grow?
corn
grapes
wheat
grapes What is a spade?
a glove
a pail
a digging tool
a digging tool What did the sons find after digging all the fields?
a penny
a pot of gold
nothing
nothing What did the farmer want to teach his sons?
how to find gold coins
how to be good farmers
how to crush grapes
how to be good farmers What is the lesson of this story?
Grapes are easy to grow.
There are buried treasures in vineyards.
If you work hard and care for the land, you will be rewarded.
If you work hard and care for the land, you will be rewarded. Why did the grapes grow so well?
The sons did a lot of hard work tilling the fields.
The fields were magic.
The father cast a spell so the grapes would grow.
The sons did a lot of hard work tilling the fields.

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