Center for Community Engagement

Fifth Grade

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History - Social Science

Write a Play: The Creation of the Declaration of Independence

Description:  Learn about the challenges faced and the process used by the Continental Congress while drafting the Declaration of Independence, and stage a short play.

Make a Timeline of an Influential Person

Select a biographical text about an influential person in American history and create and decorate a timeline of that person's life following the guidelines linked here. This is a great way to learn about underacknowledged historical figures (i.e. African American, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, female, disabled, etc. figures).

Learn the 50 States, their capitals, and their locations

Description: Play a memory game to learn the locations and names of all 50 states and their capitals

Intersectionality 101

Understand the concept of intersectionality and why it is important to helping individual people succeed

Listen to Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Listen to the life story of Harriet Tubman, a savior to many enslaved people in the 1800s

On Whose Land Are You?

Before settlers moved in, the United States was inhabited by many Indigenous tribes, and they lived in regions that can be vaguely mapped out. Whose land used to be where you live?

Explorer's Compass

Children will be making a compass to learn about different navigational methods

Going to War

Students will learn and have a better understanding of the American Revolution

Language and Literacy

Creative Story Writing Exercise

Description: Using inspiration from 15 words provided in a word bank, write your own short story.

A Malala-Inspired Activity: Listicle Blog Posts

Blogging is a great way to share ideas with many people all over the world, and it is good practice for opinion writers. Share your experience or ideas in the form of a listicle blog post, just like the influential Malala Yousafzai.

What Was it About?

Practice writing summaries of your favorite story with increasingly shorter descriptions.


Volume of a Rectangular Prism

Description: Learn how to measure the volume of a rectangular prism using a box-shaped object from your own house.

Math Playground

Learn and practice mathematical concepts by grade level. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a menu listing learning games.

Decimal Place Value with Playing Cards

Play this game with family at home to practice with decimal places! Click the link for all materials, instructions, and downloadable printouts.

Uncover the Hidden Message

Uncover the hidden message by adding fractions with different denominators and using a translation key. (Designed by Cal Poly Student).

Two-Dimensional Polygon Family Tree

Students will learn which two-dimensional shapes are like one another in terms of the polygon family.

Matching Numerical Expressions

Students will learn to use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.

Tic-tac-toe: Adding & Subtracting Fractions

Students will learn how to use equivalent fractions to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.

Lego Mass

The children will learn about the law of Conversion of Mass in this activity. The game is for students to recognize that mass can change its shape and be whatever it wants to be, but it will not lose its mass or weight.

Pumpkin Count

Students will create a fun halloween craft and challenge themselves by thinking about the number of shapes they need to make their pumpkin look good and scary

Place Value

Having trouble with Place Value math equations? With this activity students will create a place value foldable

Math Bingo

BINGO! Students will solve math problems to fill up their Bingo sheet.

Physical Education

Volleyball Techniques

Try your hand at some challenging volleyball techniques to practice at home and with others.

Exercises For Beginners: To Improve Single Leg Balance

Watch this 7-minute video to learn some exercises you can do to improve your ability to balance on one leg.

Stretching Lesson Plan

Children will learn how to stretch safely and increase flexibility.

Stretch Activity

Students will learn about the importance of stretching their muslces before working out.


How Do Plants Grow?

In this activity children are unveiling the science behind how a plant is grown and the importance of nurturing a plant. (Designed by a Cal Poly Pomona Student).

The Scientific Method

Description: Devise your own question, hypothesis, and experiment to learn about the scientific method and how it helps us understand our world

Optics 4 Kids

Description: Explore the Science of light!


Description: THE QUARKED! PROJECT has a wide range of engaging multimedia and hands-on materials to introduce the exciting world of particle physics to kids ages 7 and up, and their families.

Science games for kids

Description: Learn about forces in action as you experiment how gradients, weights, motion and resistance affect the movement of various objects with this fun science activity.

25 Fifth Grade STEM Challenges

Test your knowledge about scientific concepts to complete the challenges listed in this link!

Stick Man, Away!

Children will demonstrate density between water and insoluble dry erase markers on ceramic plates to determine which substance is less dense. (Designed by Cal Poly Student).

Build a Spectroscope

The children in this activity will be able to see different types of light sources and the properties when seen through this spectrosope.

Capillary Action

By modeling capillary action using 3 cups of water and paper towels, students will gain a better comprehension of the importance of seeing how water is absorbed into the plant.

Endothermic and Exothermic

In this activity students will create two chemical reactions. One of the bags will have the temperature go down (Endothermic) and the second one will go up (Exothermic). The students will try to figure out which one is Endothermic and Exothermic.

Glow Sticks

Students will place three glow sticks in different temperatures, one leaving it out, one in ice water, and the 3rd one in hot water. Students will then compare all three glow sticks to see which glow stick is the brightest.

Mixing Substances

Children will learn how to create new substances

Drake Baked a Cake

This fun and tasty activity will allow students to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in a new substance.

Bottle Boat

Students will be using vinegar and baking soda to create a chemical reaction to create a bottle boat.

Visual and Performing Arts

How to make Ornament theme Christmas Cards

With this activity, children will be able to express their creativity with their choice of color for the ornaments, and share their Christmas spirit with their loved ones! (Designed by a Cal Poly Pomona Student)

How to Make a Christmas Tree Themed Holiday Card

With this activity, children will be able to express their creativity with how they choose to decorate their Christmas tree! (Designed by a Cal Poly Pomona Student)

How to Make Spongebob & Patrick Bookmark

This activity will allow children to express their creativity while making their favorite tv characters. The bookmark making process is fun and easy to follow. (Designed by a Cal Poly Pomona Student)

How to Tie Dye

Tie dye is an activity where children will have the opportunity to produce different patterns and colors onto a piece of clothing or garment. (Designed by a Cal Poly Pomona Student)

Write a Song

It takes inspiration to create a meaningful song with lyrics. Try it out with this fun activity!

Creating a Color Wheel

Description: Watch and follow along to learn the basics of the visible color spectrum and how colors interact with each other.

Let's Make A Family Tree

Children will learn about their families, family history, and how to make their own family tree.

Zumba with Cumbia

This lesson will incorporate different cultures into the classroom and allow students a more diverse experience of different genres of music and dance.

Lines to Create Art

Student's will develop an art piece that incorporates the seven lines that are used in art.

Paper Snowflakes

In this activity children will create snowflakes out of paper!

Valentine Flowers

Students will create beautiful flowers made from household items for their Valentine

Goals for New Year

Looking to create some new goals for the New Year?