Are You Smart Enough to Help a 5th-Grader With Their Science Homework?!


By: Heather Cahill

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Science was always an interesting subject to learn. It covered everything from space, to animals and even the human body. There was some useful information to be learned! So, you've made it past your science class, but could you pass one from today's schooling? You're about to find out!

Do you know the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate? Can you name all of the different types of rocks? How well do remember the elements on the Periodic Table? If you know these, then can you name all of the different types of clouds found in the sky? There are so many different topics to cover, and this quiz will touch on them all!

According to science, do you know how the universe was created? How much do you know about tectonic plates?  Do you know what name is used for the outside layer of the Earth? OK, so you know that, but can you name the core of a tree? This might be harder than you think!

Still feeling confident in your scientific abilities? Then this is your time to shine. Put all that knowledge to the test and see if you could help a 5th-grader ace that homework!

What is the name for the center of a hurricane?

The eye of the hurricane is directly in the center of the storm. The eye moves as the storm does, as the rest of the hurricane spirals around the center. The storms also come in five categories, with five being the most dangerous.


What is the Earth's largest ocean?

In reality, all of the oceans are connected and form one large ocean, but as humans, we've defined and divided certain oceans ourselves. The largest according to our terms is the Pacific Ocean. There's both a North and South part of the ocean.


What is said to have created the Universe?

According to science, the universe was created through the Big Bang. This took place over 13 billion years ago, but this leaves us with one question. What was there before the Big Bang?!


What is one difference between amphibians and reptiles?

Amphibians and reptiles differ in appearance as most reptiles have scales whereas amphibians have skin. Amphibians also spend a lot of their life living in the water, like a frog for example. The first part of their life is spent underwater as a tadpole!


How many bones are in the adult human body?

The skeletal system is an important part of the body which is made up of 206 bones upon adulthood. Did you know that babies have more bones than an adult? This is because as they age, they grow together until the person becomes an adult.


What type of tissue is found in your ears?

Cartilage is the connective tissue that is in your ear, but it is also found elsewhere in your body. The other types of connective tissue have different purposes in our bodies. Did you know that blood is a connective tissue due to its ability to connect all parts of the body together?


Is it true or false that a mosquito is a vertebrate?

This is false. The word vertebrate refers to an animal that has a backbone. Mosquitoes belong to the invertebrate category as they don't fall under the criteria of a vertebrate.


Which of the following is not one of the five senses?

Intuition is not one of the five senses, with the two others being sound and touch. Did you know that if you happen to be missing one of your senses, the others grow stronger in an attempt to compensate?


What is a bronchus?

The bronchus is a part of your lungs that connects to the trachea. These two pipes help deliver the air to and from your lungs. They are quite literally life savers!


What uses photosynthesis?

Photosynthesis is a process that plants use in order to take in energy. This energy is absorbed from the sunlight that shines on the plant. Everyone can benefit from a little bit of sunlight!


Where is the pectoralis major?

The pectoralis major is a large muscle inside a person's chest. Do you know what the strongest muscle in the body is? It's your jaw muscle, which also helps you to break down your food.


What does a plant release?

Plants release oxygen back into the world through the process of respiration. In fact, even humans go through this process, but in a different way than plants do.


What part of the water cycle includes rising water vapor?

Evaporation is one part of the cycle that involves heat from the sun that turns water into vapor. It then turns into condensation and goes through the rest of the process. We can thank this cycle for some of our weather!


What is the largest part of the brain?

The cerebrum is the largest part of the human brain, and it is located toward the front of the head. This is where you get your coordination and ability to move from.


What is the middle layer of the Sun called?

The middle of the Sun is known as the core, which was also responsible for the creation of our largest star. Without the sun, our world would be cold and dark, as well as the rest of our galaxy!


What unit of measurement is used to measure sound?

Decibels are the unit used for sound. Did you know that as you get older, you lose the ability to hear certain sounds? Many times, younger people can hear higher decibels than older people.


Which part of the digestive system eliminates bacteria?

When food hits our stomach, the organ is put to work. Not only does it break down food more than we have with our mouths, it also does its best to eliminate all bacteria. After our stomach is done with it, it moves on to our intestines.


What is the name of the Earth's outside layer?

Crust is the name for the outside layer that we can physically see on our planet. Right underneath the crust is the mantle, then the outer core and the inner core. The last three cannot be seen by us.


Which type of rock is made from cooled magma?

This type of rock is called igneous, which can be formed either underground or above it. Did you know that some of these rocks can have pockets of air inside them?


Is it true or false that tusks are made out of condensed hair?

This is false. Tusks are actually teeth, as they usually come from the mouth of an animal. How many animals can you name that have tusks? Some of the most obvious could be an elephant and a walrus.


What is the name of the center of a tree?

You probably know the outside of a tree as the bark, but the center of the tree is called the pith. Often you can tell the age of a tree from the number of rings found inside.


What is found inside geodes?

Crystals are found inside geodes which can be formed in different ways. The crystals found inside the geode are often quartz, however, there can be different kinds of crystals that produce different colors as well.


What do drops of water and crystals of ice produce upon hitting each other in the sky?

The clouds are hard at work making these two phases of the same substance form the lightning we see during thunder storms. Did you know that you can feel a lightning strike near you when your hair stands up? Watch for this and make sure you find a safe place during a storm!


Which of the following are you unable to see?

Black holes are invisible to us, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist! Black holes float around space and eat up the things that surround them. Fortunately, there is not much danger in the Earth being devoured by the holes in our time.


Which of the following is not a type of atom?

A neutron is not a type of atom, as these include stable, ion and isotopes. Atoms are in everything, but you can’t see them with the naked eye. They may be little, but there’s so much to know about them!


Which of the following are not magnetic?

Copper is very interesting, as it is not magnetic, but it will react to a magnetic field! However, if you crack out some iron, it will definitely be attracted by the magnet.


What element does "Li" stand for on the periodic table?

Lithium is an important element that you can find in everything from glass to medication. Lithium can even be found in some foods. When by itself, it's silver and not very appetizing!


How are fossils formed?

Hardened sediment is the final stage of the formation of a fossil. It creates a solid imprint of a dead organism that helps us to learn more about it as well as our history.


Which type of cloud looks big and fluffy?

This is a cumulus cloud, which is one of the many types such as stratus and cirrus clouds. No matter the type, all clouds are made of drops of water that float through the sky.


Why does the moon have so many craters?

The Moon, unlike the Earth does not have its own atmosphere. This leaves it unprotected from anything that hurtles toward it. Over the years, its accumulated countless craters from the meteors and comets that have hit it.


How many major tectonic plates are there?

There are seven tectonic plates which include the South American, Indo-Australian and Pacific plate. The plates are made of the Earth's crust and they are the reason for the continents that we know today.


Is it true or false that comets are made of snow?

This is false. Although they may look like a bright snowball flying through the sky, they're comprised of different gases, as well as some ice. Next time you see Halley's Comet, think of all the gases it's made of!


What is the smallest thing that is alive?

Cells are the smallest thing living in the world. They are also essential to life and come in all different kinds that each have different functions.


What is Pluto?

Pluto is a dwarf planet, as it was demoted from its planet status. Although it's tiny, it is one of the largest of its kind in our galaxy. The only dwarf planet bigger than it is Eris.


Is it true or false that static friction means that two objects are touching, but not moving?

This is true. When there is static friction, the static indicates that the two objects are still. In the case that they are moving, it's then called dry friction. In addition to these, there are many different kinds of friction as well.


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