5th Grade Science

5th grade science printable will be available here. This is a basic list, feel free to choose or exclude topics. Some are repeats from younger grades and some dive deeper into the subject.

Compare properties of objects

Matter and mass

Calculate density
Understand conservation of matter using graphs

Heat and thermal energy

Change-of-state diagrams: melting, freezing, vaporizing, and condensing Change-of-state diagrams: melting, freezing, vaporizing, condensing, and sublimating Heating, cooling, and changes of state
Predict heat flow
Predict temperature changes
How are temperature and mass related to thermal energy?

Physical and chemical change

Compare physical and chemical changes


Identify mixtures

Atoms and molecules

Interpret ball-and-stick models
Match chemical formulas to ball-and-stick models
Complete chemical formulas for ball-and-stick models
Count atoms in chemical formulas
Classify elementary substances and compounds using chemical formulas Identify elementary substances and compounds using chemical formulas Sort elementary substances and compounds using chemical formulas Classify elementary substances and compounds using models

Force and motion

Identify directions of forces
How do balanced and unbalanced forces affect motion? How does mass affect force and acceleration?


Identify magnets that attract or repel Label magnets that attract or repel Compare magnitudes of magnetic forces


Identify mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians
Identify vertebrates and invertebrates
Use evidence to classify mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians Use evidence to classify animals
Describe, classify, and compare kingdoms

Scientific names

Identify common and scientific names Origins of scientific names
Use scientific names to classify organisms


Read and construct animal life cycle diagrams Compare animal life cycles
Human organs and their functions
Body systems: circulation and respiration Body systems: digestion

Body systems: removing waste
Body systems: perception and motion


Classify fruits and vegetables as plant parts Identify plant parts and their functions
How do plants make food?
Identify flower parts and their functions Flowering plant and conifer life cycles

Moss and fern life cycles
Identify the photosynthetic organism


Animal adaptations: beaks, mouths, and necks Animal adaptations: feet and limbs
Animal adaptations: skins and body coverings

Traits and heredity

Match offspring to parents using inherited traits
Identify inherited and acquired traits
Inherited and acquired traits: use evidence to support a statement Read a plant pedigree chart
Read an animal pedigree chart


Identify functions of plant cell parts
Identify functions of animal cell parts
Animal and plant cell diagrams: identify parts Plant cell diagrams: label parts
Animal cell diagrams: label parts
Compare cells and cell parts


Identify ecosystems
Describe ecosystems
Identify roles in food chains
How does matter move in food chains? Interpret food webs

Conservation and natural resources

Science literacy: how can a community protect sea turtles? Evaluate natural energy sources

Rocks and minerals

Identify rocks and minerals

How do sedimentary rocks form?
Classify rocks as igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic How do rock layers form?
Label parts of rock cycle diagrams
Select parts of rock cycle diagrams


Introduction to fossils
Identify and classify fossils
Compare fossils to modern organisms
Compare ancient and modern organisms: use observations to support a hypothesis Interpret evidence from fossils in rock layers

Weather and climate

Collect and graph temperature data
What’s the difference between weather and climate? Weather and climate around the world
Weather or climate?
Use climate data to make predictions
Use data to describe climates

Water cycle

Describe and graph water on Earth Label parts of water cycle diagrams Select parts of water cycle diagrams

Topographic maps

Read a topographic map
Select parts of a topographic map

Units and measurement

Choose customary units of distance
Choose metric units of distance
Choose customary units of mass
Choose metric units of mass
Choose customary units of volume
Choose metric units of volume
Abbreviate time, length, and speed units Abbreviate mass, volume, and temperature units

Lab tools and equipment

Identify laboratory tools


Identify phases of the Moon

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