Can You Ace This 5th Grade Science Quiz?


Abi Luftig

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About This Quiz

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? You might be wondering if you are, and this quiz will help prove the answer! Although they're also dealing with spelling, math, and social studies, we want to see how well you remember science!

The average age of a 5th grader is 10-11 years old, so there's a chance you were learning this material ten, twenty, maybe thirty years ago or so. With all the time that has passed, can you ace 5th grade science? 

Who was Isaac Newton and why did he have so many laws of motion? If you're thinking about objects at rest and in motion, you're headed in the right direction!

If we told you there are 11 systems of the body, could you name them all? From muscular to nervous to digestive, how many of them can you remember? Can you remember that the skin is the largest organ of the body? Can you identify the organ at the center of the circulatory system?

You might not be good with the human body, but maybe you're good with animals? Can you remember the five classes of vertebrates or are forgetting what a vertebrate is?

If you can pull these answers from your brain, you just might be smarter than a 5th grader! Are you ready to prove it? Brains at the ready!

What property do an apple, a sock, and a backpack have in common?

All objects have different properties, qualities that tell people how the object feels, looks, tastes, or smells. Grouping objects by their properties is known as classification.


What is the term for the amount of matter in an object?

The density of an object is how much matter is in it. Density is found by calculating the formula of density = mass ÷ volume.


Which is NOT a change of state for matter?

Gas does not melt to solid. This change of state, known as deposition, occurs when gas freezes into a solid without becoming a liquid.


How does thermal energy relate to temperature?

Thermal energy is the energy created by moving atoms. When the atoms slow down, it creates less thermal energy and the temperature drops.


Butter is melted to be poured over popcorn. Is this a physical change or a chemical change?

Physical changes happen when the appearance of a thing changes, but the chemical bonds are still intact. A chemical change occurs when the chemical bonds break to form new molecules. Butter that has melted is still butter. Butter that is mixed with milk becomes something else.


Which of these is a pure substance and not a mixture?

A pure substance is one made of molecules of the same substance. A mixture has more than one type of molecule. Wet sand is a mixture of water and sand, salt water is salt and water, and honey is a mixture of fructose and sucrose. Ammonia is made entirely of ammonia molecules, so it is a pure substance.


Is Potassium Iodide an elemental substance or compound?

Compounds are substances made of two or more chemical elements such as potassium and iodide. When a substance is made of only one element, such as O2, it is known as an elemental substance.


When pushing something, are you moving it away from yourself or towards yourself?

When objects come into contact, they interact with a force that either pulls or pushes the other object away. The force of a pull brings two objects closer, while the force of a push propels them away from each other.


Which combination of magnetic poles will attract?

When like poles, such as N-N and S-S, come in contact, they repel. Opposite poles such as N-S, attract.


Which of these animals is an amphibian?

Amphibians are cold-blooded creatures that live on both land and water. There are over 4,000 species of amphibians on record.


Which of these animals is an mammal?

Mammals are warm-blooded creatures that live in a variety of climates. Mammals release extra heat by sweating or panting.


Which of these animals is a bird?

Birds belong to the scientific class "Aves." All birds have feathers.


Which of these animals is a reptile?

Reptiles are cold-blooded; they all have scales.


What is an example of an inherited trait?

Inherited traits are qualities passed down from parent to offspring, such as hair color and eye color. Acquired traits are things a person has learned to do, like speak a language or play an instrument.


What is the term for an animal that eats only plants?

Carnivores eat only meat. Omnivores eat meat and plants.


The scientific name for the snow leopard is Panthera uncia. Which word designates the species?

Panthera uncia belongs to the genus Panthera and the species uncia and is commonly notated as P. uncia. Felidae is the Family, denoting it a feline.


The scientific name of the chimpanzee is Pan troglodytes. Which of the following belong to the same genus as the chimpanzee?

The Pan paniscus is the bonobo. Hylobates moloch is the scientific name for the silver gibbon, Lagothrix lugens is the Colombian woolly monkey, and Sapajus libidinosus is the Black-striped capuchin.


What is the term for a material that does NOT let heat or energy pass through?

An insulator, like plastic or rubber, does not allow heat or energy to pass through. A conductor, like metal, does.


Which is an example of an abiotic part of an ecosystem?

Rocks are abiotic, or not living. Bacteria, animals, and plants are all alive and are considered biotic.


Which type of energy is produced by waves of vibration?

Sound energy is produced when objects vibrate. Thermal energy comes from heat, light energy comes from chemical and radioactive sources, and mechanical energy is a blend of kinetic and potential energy.


What is a producer?

Producers create their own food via photosynthesis. Organisms that eat other organisms are called consumers, and organisms that break down the waste of others for food are called decomposers.


Which is not a form of prescipitation?

Hail, snow, and rain are all precipitation, or water that falls from the atmosphere. An aquifer is soil or rock below the surface that has been saturated with water.


What is the term for inherited or learned traits that help animals survive?

While many adaptations begin as mutations (hello, X-Men First Class), many others are learned behaviors. Adaptations are varied and include such things as migration, camouflage, and webbed feet.


Do male or female pine cones make eggs?

Male pine cones produce pollen, which is released into the wind. It attaches to the egg produced by a female pinecone, thanks to a sticky substance also made by the females. If the pollen attaches to an egg on the same tree, it is called self-pollination. If it attaches to another tree, it’s called cross-pollination.


What is the purpose of chloroplasts?

Chloroplasts house chlorophyll, which absorbs energy from the sun. They are a vital part of photosynthesis.


Is slate a rock or a mineral?

Slate is a rock. In order for a substance to be a mineral, it must be inorganic, found in nature, have a definite chemical formula, be solid at room temperature, and have a crystal structure. Since slate does not meet all five of these criteria, it is a rock.


“It just started raining.” Does this statement discuss weather or climate?

Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at a particular time. Climate is the pattern of weather for a particular region over a long period of time.


What is the correct abbreviation for centimeter?

The correct abbreviation for centimeter is cm. 100 cm makes up 1 meter or 1 m.


What is the term used to describe animals that depend on each other to survive?

Many organisms depend on each other to survive. For example, clownfish live in anemones and protect the anemone from other fish who would eat them. The anemone uses its stinging tentacles to ward off predators who try to eat the clownfish.


What is the purpose of vacuoles?

Vacuoles are found in both animal and plant cells. They are bubble-like in form, and are larger in plant cells.


Which phrase does NOT describe the hot desert ecosystem?

The hot desert ecosystem, such as the Sahara Desert ecosystem, is known for small amounts of rain, dry soil, and being host to many types of organisms, as well as being hot (as the name implies). Ecosystems are defined by the climate, type of soil, and the organisms that live there.


Which of these animals is an invertebrate?

Invertebrates do not have a spine, otherwise known as a vertebral column (which is where the term “vertebrate” comes from). The majority of animal species are invertebrates, with some scientists estimating they make up 97% of all species.


What part of the apple do we eat?

Animals (humans included) eat different plants; each animal likes different parts. We eat the root of a carrot, the leaves of kale, and the flesh of fruits such as apples and pears.


What is NOT something plants need for photosynthesis?

Plants take light energy from sunlight, water from the ground, and absorb CO2 through their leaves. Through photosynthesis, they produce oxygen.


What is the purpose of the skeletal system?

The skeletal system performs six major functions. In addition to the three above, bones store minerals, produce marrow and blood cells, and store lipids (fats).


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