Fifth Grade Science
The last grade level before middle school usually require students to have an entry for the science fair, if the school has one. Creating a science fair project can really encourage children to take science seriously, and it's often a very educational experience. Parents may scramble for ideas for science projects, but they need not look to far. What your child studies in fifth grade science is full of ideas for science projects, and having a project relevant to what was learned in the school year usually scores extra points!
In fifth grade life science, students discuss the differences between single cell and multicellular organisms, as well as the similarities among living things. The subjects of photosynthesis, transpiration, and metamorphosis are discussed with more detail, but more importantly, the issue of the human impact on the environment is also discussed in detail. Students discuss the depletion of the ozone layer, global warming, pollution, acid rain, the greenhouse effect, and other problems caused by climate change. Good ideas for science projects can be a project that either demonstrates the destructive nature of any of these issues, or a project that finds an everyday home solution for these problems.
Earth sciences for the fifth grade discusses fossils, and the layers of the earth. Instead of just knowing the names of the layers, it is discussed how plates move, and how this leads to earthquakes. Finally earth sciences deals with the solar system in greater detail, taking into consideration its scale, and other facts about other planets.
The realm of physical sciences in the fifth grade introduces the forces of gravity, centripetal, and centrifugal. Compound machines are also discussed. There are many good ideas for science projects you can create by combining the forces and compound machines. In the projects section, your child will learn how to build their own roller coaster.
Physical science also discusses energy and electricity, detailing the ideas behind the methods of heat transfer - conduction, convection and radiation - as well as of conductors and circuits. Under the projects section, you will find a project that helps your child create their own solar oven. Lenses and light refraction are also discussed in the fifth grade, and you may find ideas for science projects while studying this topic!
The ideas for science projects in the fifth grade will definitely be more complicated than any other of the elementary grades, but it's a good way to prepare your child for middle school projects and the middle school work load.