Continents Reading Comprehension

Pupils will know more facts about the seven continents . They will read the passages and answer the questions to measure their understanding. This will improve their reading skills. 

Asia is the world’s largest continent. Asia contains 60% of the world's population. There are 48 countries in Asia. The largest Countries in Asia are Russia, China and India. Maldives is Asia’s smallest country. The highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest in Asia. Asia is the only continent that shares borders with two other continents; Africa and Europe.

Africa is the second largest continent in the world. It contains 15% of the world's population. There are 54 countries in Africa. Algeria is the largest Country in Africa. The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa. The highest mountain in Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro. The Sahara in northern Africa is the largest hot desert in the world. The Nile is the longest river in the world and passes through eleven countries.

Europe is the second smallest continent in size but the third largest in population. Europe contains 12% of the world's population. There are 44 countries in Europe. Vatican City is the smallest country in Europe. Europe has many rivers but few large lakes. Mount Elbrus in Russia is the highest mountain in Europe. The Volga River in Russia is Europe's longest river.

Australia is the world’s smallest continent. It is the only country in the world that covers an entire continent. It is the sixth largest country in the world. The highest mountain in Australia is Mount Kosciuszko. The Murray River is the longest river in Australia. Australia is home to some of the world’s most deadly creatures, including snakes, spiders, sharks and crocodiles.

North America is the third largest of the seven continents.
There are 23 countries in North America. Canada, the United States, and Mexico make up the largest part of North America. Canada is the largest country. The Missouri is the longest river. Denali is the highest mountain in North America. Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes of North America. 

South America is the fourth largest continent. There are 12 countries in South America . Brazil is the largest country. The Amazon is the longest river . It is surrounded by the world's largest rain forest. Sao Paolo in Brazil is one of the ten biggest cities in the world. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America. Titicaca is the biggest lake in South America.

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Antarctica is the fifth largest continent. Over 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice. Around 90% of the ice on Earth is found in Antarctica. It is the the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. The highest mountain in Antarctica is Mount Vinson. Lake Vostok is the continent’s largest lake. Because it seldom rains in Antarctica, it is considered the world's biggest desert.

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