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Fifth Grade Activities

Fifth graders can be tough customers when it comes to extracurricular learning, but you're sure to find something to accommodate just about any preference among our collection of fifth grade activities. Whether you have a kid who needs to play catch-up in a few areas or you're dealing with a more advanced learner, you'll find plenty of ideas that suit your needs right here. Check out these activities and try out a few to keep your kid engaged and learning.

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Help your child understand surface tension by showing her how she can create a 'skin' on top of water.
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
Turn any sunny summer day into a fun and special occasion by having a watermelon seed spitting contest!
Fifth Grade
Measurement
In this activity, your child will make her own 'quicksand' to better understand how a substance can be both fluid and solid at the same time.
Fifth Grade
Earth & Space Science
Is your child tired of the same old fries with dinner? Invite him to bake up some tasty zucchini fries to accompany the next family meal.
Fifth Grade
Sides
Take advantage of the fact that ink and water don't mix and introduce your kid to suminagashi, a Japanese form of art.
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
Be careful what you wish for... Centered around The Monkey's Paw, by W.W. Jacobs, this writing activity encourages your child to consider consequences.
Fifth Grade
Comprehension
Show your child how to construct a homemade thermometer. It's hands-on fun and a great way to complement what he's learning about this instrument in school.
Fifth Grade
Environmental Science
Use recycled wrapping paper and an empty bottle to make this beautiful vase for a great indoor activity when it's cold outside.
Fifth Grade
Recycled Crafts
Forget mass-produced, store bought holiday ornaments. Your fifth grader can usher in the holidays by making his own homemade marbled Christmas balls!
Fifth Grade
Painting & Drawing
Using simple materials found around your home, you can reinforce the static electricity concept by helping your child build a simple device with zapping power!
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
Here's an interactive, fast-paced game that will make your fifth grader feel more comfortable with simple equations.
Fifth Grade
Algebra & Functions
Get these story starters for kids to help develop their writing skills. These story starters will spark the inner writer, and show kids that writing can be fun! From writing a summer memory book, to creating an animal folk tale, to making a comic strip, these activities are sure to inspire the imagination and help your child put pen to paper. You can download them one at a time or all at once.
Fifth Grade
Building Sentences
Make your very own fortune cookies from paper and share good fortunes with family and friends.
Fifth Grade
Construction & Sculpture
In this version of the classic card game, students will gain an understanding of equivalents and may not even realize it's a math review!
Fifth Grade
Decimals
Dive into U.S. colonial history by making a simple bottle gourd water cooler, crafted by colonists of Roanoke Island in the 16th century.
Fifth Grade
US History

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