5th Grade Science Online Interactive Activities

These activities support the Grade 5 Science Textbook.

Chapter 1 - Matter

Illustrated Materials Database
Which materials burn? Which float? You can find out the answers to these and much more in this activity.
Zooming in on Matter
This cool slideshow helps us understand the role atoms play in matter.
Solids, Liquids and Gases
See if you can put the list of items in their proper category.
Matter
Take a look and see how the matter in the famous statue, the Statue of Liberty, has changed over time.

Chapter 2 - Earth's Surface

Shape it Up! An Earth Changing Erosion Activity
Can you use natural forces to change an earth formation? See what wind, water, glaciers and volcanoes can do.
Earthquakes
Follow along with the professor as he shows you how volcanoes work.
Tsunami
Tsunamis are very powerful waves. Watch as the Professor shows you how the form and what they can do.

Chapter 3 - Magnetism

Wise Up!
An alien helps explain magnetism.
Stuck on Junk
You are a crane operator and you have to use a magnet to pick things up. How well will you do?
Magnets and Compasses
Can you find where treasure is hidden by using a compass?
Motion and Forces
How can a magnet keep you from getting lost? This activity will help you learn how a magnet can help you find places.

Chapter 4 - Electricity

How Shocking!
Take a trip through Benjamin Franklin's electrical discoveries and test your knowledge of electricity!
Balloons and Static Electricity
Move this balloon over a sweater and see how static electricity is caused.
John Travoltage
Move this character's hand and foot and see how static electricity can become shocking!
Aluminum Can Polarization
Experiment with the polarization of an aluminum can using contact with glass and rubber rods.
Circuits
DC Circuit Builder
Create electrical circuits on this website and light them.
Using Electricity
See if you can light bulbs by placing batteries and switches in circuits.
Changing Circuits
Try to use the parts in this game to make a circuit that will light a bulb.
How Do We Make Electricity?
Watch this colorful and fun explanation of the different ways we can make electricity.

Chapter 5 - Heredity

What is Heredity?
What characteristics and traits do we get from our parents? This slideshow will explain.
What is a Trait?
Distinguish between physical traits and inherited traits on this site.
Switch Zoo
Choose among 142 species of animals and create habitats in which they will survive. Create your own new species from a menu of characteristics.
Our Wild Neighbors
Discover various species of endangered, threatened, and extinct animals. Choose which animal species left clues behind in their habitats.
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