Science Fairs are now as much a part of every fifth graders curriculum as math and language are. Be prepared to help your inquisitive child when and if they need help. Most will need a little bit help even though they are more mature than they were last year. Encourage your child to pick a topic that can easily be completed over the course of a few weekends. Most fifth graders should be knowledgeable about using skills such as making measurements, observing, hypothesizing, collecting and analyzing data, scientific drawing, graphing, problem solving, text and Internet research, and note taking. This is the time for the young scientist to put all those learned skills into action and show what they can do! Science is fun and the elementary science fair projects should be fun. If it becomes a problem, perhaps the wrong topic was selected. Go back to the drawing board and choose a different topic. Also, remind your child that every other student will also be on the look out for a great science fair project, so try to choose one that hopefully nobody else will choose.
Fifth graders have become pretty good at being junior scientists. They have learned how to observe and experiment and to gather data and draw conclusions. They have expanded their knowledge of the physical world and can apply the basic math and science skills they’ve acquired to their observations. It is important that they see science at work all around them–when they are playing ball, airing up a flat bike tire, getting a drink from the garden hose, using a camera, or running in the yard. Fifth grade scientists will learn about the processes of living things, like photosynthesis and digestion. They will look at the Earth and its resources, and how people use and affect those resources. You might even find some fifth graders experimenting with simple chemical reactions. They will study how living organisms work, including photosynthesis and digestion. They will learn more about the human body, including cardiovascular and skeletal systems. Fifth graders will continue to exploring the universe by learning about the solar system and Earth. Environment will also be a topic of study. Here you can read about fifth grade content standards.
Fifth graders can work with large, complex numbers and understand fractions and percentages. They also start to apply the math skills they have learned in order to solve real world situations involving money, time, and measurement. Fifth graders work on solving more difficult word problems. They continue to build on previous skills and learn new skills which include:
~Comparing and ordering numbers
~Rounding and estimating
~Higher level addition and subtraction
~Fractions and decimals
~Number and operations
~Perimeter and circumference
~Geometry and measurement
~Statistics, data analysis, and probability
~Negative and positive numbers ~Math vocabulary
Continue helping your fifth grader at home by using math vocabulary around the house when you can. Help him see that what he is learning is truly used in the real world. For fun, try playing your own version of Jeopardy or Pictionary using math vocabulary. Once your child has a better grip on math vocabulary, word problems will become much easier to solve because they have better comprehension.
This year your fifth grader will still need help from you. At ten years old, she is developing communication skills and becoming more mature. You can help by encouraging her as she improves her listening and responding skills, expands her problem-solving abilities, changes in maturity, and begins to understand what other expect of her. Your fifth grader is becoming increasingly obsessed with her social standing, and friends play an increasingly important role in her life.
Have fun with your child by playing games like tic-tac-toe, dots, checkers, dominoes, concentration, online hangman, Scrabble, chess, and increasingly complex card games such as hearts, rummy, and cribbage. All these games involve problem solving and logic, and all are based on mathematics. Help your child excel in the areas she is strong in to give her confidence to tackle areas in which she may struggle.
Just remember, puberty plays a big role in her life this year. Try to be understanding as her hormones kick in and mood changes become more apparent. You are still her solid rock!