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Fifth Grade Science Activities and Experiments

It's hard to deny that science inspires a sense of wonder, and our fifth grade science activities and experiments are sure to draw your child in. We have everything from nature activities that just scratch the surface of biological concepts and truths, to more complex experiments that illustrate the scientific laws that govern our universe. Perhaps your kid will be captivated by some of our optical illusion demos or the mind blowing candle underwater experiment. Or maybe she'll simply be impressed by the diversity of life all around her as she records her observations in a Darwin journal. Browse our science activities and show your kid just how cool science can be!

Looking for science ideas that revolve around the scientific method? We also have an impressive selection of Science Fair Projects.

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In this science experiment, your child will test the strength of hollow structures in order to understand how strong bird bones really are.
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
Here is a nifty science experiment using Epsom salts to make 'frost' appear on a piece of glass.
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
By using static electricity generated from their body, a child can cause a small fluorescent lamp bulb to light up!
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
What happens when colored beams of light mix? You might be surprised.
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
Science isn't ho hum anymore when it involves building catapults to teach your fifth grader about projectile motion.
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
Grow borax crystals and get your child excited about Earth science with this crafty science experiment.
Fifth Grade
Earth & Space Science
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
This experiment uses a yeast solution, liquid detergent, and hydrogen peroxide to produce an exciting reaction like no other!
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
With a clear bottle and a few plastic straws, you can easily make a hummingbird feeder and demonstrate the effects of atmospheric pressure at the same time!
Fifth Grade
Earth & Space Science
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
Here's an experiment that will have your child experimenting with cake ingredients to learn about the chemical reactions that happen when a cake's in the oven.
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
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
How to test for acids and bases? In this activity you and your child can make your own indicator from red cabbage!
Fifth Grade
Physical Science
Here's a fun activity that will have your child researching, collecting, and charting plant specimens from the neighborhood.
Fifth Grade
Life Science
In this activity, your kid will watch coal turn into crystals right before her very eyes, and learn some science along the way!
Fifth Grade
Earth & Space Science

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