5th Grade Science Projects and Experiments
There are many fun and engaging science projects for 5th graders. Here’s a rundown of ten experiments to try out in class.
- The impact of music on mice
While mice are predominant pests, these tiny rodents are also used to facilitate many science experiments. This project will attempt to demonstrate how music affects the response of mice inside a maze.
- Generating electricity from fruits and vegetables
Most of the electricity currently used at home and in schools comes from hydroelectric plants. However, this project will demonstrate that veggies have an uncanny ability to generate power. Learners can learn how to build a simple battery and discover which fruits and vegetables produce more energy.
- The action of water on rocks
Water is a powerful substance. Running water, for instance, carves channels through rock formations that seem unbreakable. 5th graders will discover this phenomenon on a smaller scale by attempting to crack various stone samples in class.
- Biodegradation 101
One of the building blocks for soil is organic matter. Learners will get an opportunity to observe the process of biodegradation and how various organic substances break down and become soil. Also, 5th graders will learn about the speed of biodegradation in multiple materials.
- Geology and sedimentation
Water is a primary actor in the formation of rocks. It is a transport agent that deposits various minerals and rock-forming particles in the ground. Learners will learn the role of water and how the liquid deposits sediments, which later become rocks.
- Can eggs be replaced?
Eggs are a major dietary constituent in America, even though many are allergic to them. Students will be tasked with finding alternative solutions to this problem. This experiment will investigate various egg substitutes and their ability to replace traditional eggs in regular dishes. Lastly, 5th grade learners will investigate how well these alternatives perform when used in baked products.
- Beating rust
Rust is a natural phenomenon that occurs from chemical reactions between metal and air. Unfortunately, rust is disastrous because it ruins different materials. This experiment will not only seek to unravel the secrets behind rust but also equip learners with knowledge on combating the scourge using homemade remedies such as salt and vinegar.
- Major aspects of wind
One of the elements of weather that greatly influences climate is wind. During this experiment, learners will learn how to measure wind speed duration and direction. Additionally, 5th graders will know how to identify the best location for a windmill at home.
- How does a comet break apart
Comets are magnificent celestial bodies that appear on rare occasions in the sky. This project will teach learners how these bodies disintegrate and whether the size influences their breakdown speed.
- How to make a catapult
While the great wars are a distant memory, students can learn about one of the most destructive weapons used back then – the catapult. Using a ping pong ball, learners will attempt to launch the ball and deliver frequent accurate shots.