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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Every time a sound is produced it emits a sound wave. This experiment demonstrates how sound travels, using nothing more than a spoon and a string!
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Conduct a simple science experiment to see if flowers from your garden pass the acid-base indicator test with this exciting chemistry activity.
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Get your hands on a concoction that breaks the rules about what's a solid and what's a liquid.
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Which do you prefer: real or artificial? Try this sweet little taste experiment to help your kids develop a better awareness of the food they consume.
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Learn with makes water molecules work with this fun and easy science activity!
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Learn how to make marbleized paper with simple everyday ingredients in this fun activity! Your child will learn about oil and water while doing this project.
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Experiment with buoyancy to learn how a submarine rises and sinks in this classic science experiment.
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This experiment that explores water and air pressure will amaze your fifth grader as it appears that a single card is holding water in an upside-down glass.
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Pair a planetarium visit with this fun art project that mimics the look of far-off galaxies.
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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!
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How to test for acids and bases? In this activity you and your child can make your own indicator from red cabbage!
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For a fun family activity to introduce your child to genetics, have your child go on a search for dominant and recessive family genes!
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The next time you and your fifth grader go on a hike, take along this key to figure out which common North American animal left a track along the river bank.
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Does your middle school teenager have good reflexes? Gauge his reaction time in this science and math activity that requires only a yardstick and a friend.
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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.
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Show your fifth grade scientist how to create a siphon using two buckets, plastic tubing, and water. Watch her astonishment as the water travels uphill!
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Here is a nifty science experiment using Epsom salts to make "frost" appear on a piece of glass.
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Take advantage of the fact that ink and water don't mix and introduce your kid to suminagashi, a Japanese form of art.
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What happens when colored beams of light mix? You might be surprised.
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There are hundreds of properties in rocks which you can describe, so get your geology goggles on and get ready to rock your child's science skills.

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