Fifth Grade Virtual Field Trips

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Engage your class in a selection of grade-specific, standards-based activities! All activities and lessons were carefully crafted with an eye towards Next Generation Science Standards for Fifth Grade students.

Available in two exciting topics:

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Fifth Grade Life Science: Grow With the Flow

How do organisms fuel themselves to survive?

Inspire your 5th grade scientists to think deeply about how matter and energy moves among producers, consumers and decomposers as they explore unique ecosystems and organisms on this virtual field trip to the California Science Center. Students will use models and experiment at home to develop an understanding that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water and the energy in animals’ food was once energy from the sun.

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed

5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1 and 5-LS2-1

Live Virtual Program

Invite animal ambassadors from the California Science Center to visit your classroom virtually to explore how energy moves in an ecosystem.

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LIVE Virtual Program reservation information
  • Contact us at 213-744-2019 for more information and to reserve your program
  • Cost: $250 for up to 32 students (approx. 1 class)
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Availability: Tuesdays-Fridays 8:30am or 9:45am
  • We provide a hosted meeting link for your students to join virtually.

Please Note:

Reservations for the 2021-22 school year are no longer available. Check back soon to reserve your Live Virtual Program for the 2022-23 school year!

On-Demand Video

Join our educators to discover how organisms in the California Science Center’s Kelp Forest and the Rose Garden fuel themselves to survive.

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Virtual Field Trip Video - 5th Grade Life Science

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Educator Monica stands near the kelp forest exhibit wearing an animated dive helmet. She has an animated flower to her left and animated kelp to her right.

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Downloadable Activity Guide

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In this activity, students will germinate a seed in order to generate and record observable data. Students will use this data as evidence to engage in argument about the sources of energy and matter that a plant needs to grow and survive.

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Preview image of student activity guide in Spanish.

Fifth Grade Physical Science: Particle Party

How do particles behave?

Fifth grade scientists will not believe what they are seeing with their very own eyes on this virtual field trip. As they explore the world of particles that are too small to be seen, scientists will learn how to explain and model what’s happening. Science is more than meets the eye.

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed

5-PS1-1 and 5-PS1-4

Live Virtual Program

Invite our educators to visit your classroom virtually to explore air particles and how they behave and find ways to prove that particles are all around us even when we can’t see them!

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Educator demonstrating air pressure experiment for virtual presentation
LIVE Virtual Program reservation information
  • Contact us at 213-744-2019 for more information and to reserve your program
  • Cost: $250 for up to 32 students (approx. 1 class)
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Availability: Tuesdays-Fridays 8:30am or 9:45am
  • We provide a hosted meeting link for your students to join virtually.

Please Note:

Reservations for the 2021-22 school year are no longer available. Check back soon to reserve your Live Virtual Program for the 2022-23 school year!

On-Demand Video

Join our educators as they investigate the difference between physical and chemical reactions in order to better understand mixtures.

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Educators experimenting with assorted chemicals

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Educators experimenting with assorted chemicals

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Downloadable Activity Guide

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Students will conduct an ink chromatography experiment, and then create their own model to explain what happens to a mixture of ink when its particles are separated.

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