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Science Materials for Our Fifth Grade Units

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Science Materials for Fifth Grade Units

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Fifth Grade Physical Science Materials

Unit:  Matter and Its Interactions



sugar cubes or sugar

rubbing alcohol                        


scales (in grams)                       

clear plastic cups



whipping cream

mini bulb (flashlight bulb), socket, 2 sets of alligator clips, battery

brass fasteners

access to a freezer or cooler with ice

plastic science beakers or measuring cups


baking soda

vegetable oil                           


colored soda in a bottle (cola or a flavor)

food coloring


Borax baggies                                 


dish soap

Unit:  Gravitational Pull

objects of different weight to drop

round objects (tennis ball, orange, etc.)

rubber bands



Fifth Grade Life Science Materials

Unit:  Plants Get the Materials They Need for Growth Chiefly From Air and Water


plant clippings (English Ivy, spider plants, peace lilies, basil, mint, oregano, and lavender all root well in water.)

bottled spring or well water for the experiment  (tap water has usually been filtered and chlorinated)

gallon-sized baggies                   

4 clear containers for planting    

– optional: air plants

Unit:  Energy From Animal’s Food Was Once Energy From the Sun – Food Chains and Webs

access to computers for researching in teams for the final project

Fifth Grade Life Science Materials


Fifth Grade Earth Science Materials

Unit:  Interactions of the Earth’s Geosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere, and Atmosphere and     How We Can Use Science to Protect Them

Book Suggestions:


It’s Your World – Chelsea Clinton

Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth – Joshua Sneiderman

Oil Spill – Melvin Berger

Unit: Brightness of Sun and Stars and Their Seasonal Changes, Shadows, and Day and Night

flashlights of various sizes (brought in by students)

Book Suggestions


Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Night Sky: Find Adventure!  Go Outside!  Have Fun!  Be a Backyard Stargazer!  (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Guide) – Howard Schneider

A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky – Michael Driscoll

50 Things to See with a Telescope – A Kid’s Constellation Focused Approach – John Reader

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And remember, it’s all science!


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