5 Free Online Games to Teach 5th Grade Reading Skills

A screenshot of one of eSpark's 5th grade reading games featuring a text exchange between a child and his father.

It takes time to spark a love of learning—and a great activity or two to kickstart the process! If you’ve been searching for 5th grade reading games and activities that are truly engaging for kids, you’re in luck. We have plenty to share!

Our team of former educators has created these effective and engaging resources you can use to help your students master key standards. All of the games listed below are tailored to your state standards, and can be found within eSpark’s playfully personalized math and reading curriculum. Try out these games with your students for free!


1. Making Inferences

Learn about differing reading experiences and making inferences from a text with Mari and Lillian. Help them infer what actually happened in The Case of the Missing Candy.

Two girls discussing plot points from a story they just read.


2. Summer Vacation

Julio is trying to figure out what he’ll be doing over summer vacation. After talking with his dad, help Julio decide where he would like to spend his vacation using a Venn diagram.

Summer Vacation game


3. Swallowed by Carmen Rubin

Oh no! Marty has found himself in a scary swamp! He’s sinking in the mud and creepy creatures are lurking around him. Read this story to discover how Marty got here and how he’s feeling.

A boy looking scared and overwhelmed in the middle of a swamp.


4. Parker’s Journal: Middle School

Parker just had his first day of middle school, but it was a little weird. His classes are online, his computer is having troubles, and there’s no basketball team this year. Read through Parker’s journal to find out what else is happening in this very different first day of school!

  • Standard Alignment: Identify Theme through Characters

A diary entry from a middle school student featuring a full page of text and accompanying doodles.


5. Dr. Chavez’s Science Lab

Dr. Smevil has released a toxic chemical in the zoo! The animals are mutating and Dr. Smevil is running experiments on them! Help Dr. Chavez make a chemical solution to heal the animals by collecting test tubes and answering questions.

An animated doctor in a side-scrolling game.


A better destination for online practice

If these 5th grade reading games feel like a refreshing change of pace, you’ll love eSpark, the go-to destination for supplemental math and reading instruction. The program’s unique combination of play-based digital learning and evidence-based direct instruction delivers engagement you can feel and results you can see. Forget the old days of boring instructional videos, multiple-choice practice, and bland assessments. Spark a love of learning in your students with eSpark.

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