# Internet Resources for Fifth Grade Students

##### Last updated 11 September 2003

Math Resources
Science Resources
Reading and Language Arts Resources
Spanish Resources
Social Science Resources
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## Math Resources

### Fresh Baked Fractions

Practice simplifying fractions! Start by choosing your level of difficulty; levels range from "Easy" to "SuperBrain." Then, FUNBRAIN will show you four fractions, and you are to select the fraction that is not equal to the other three. If you answer 24 problems correctly, you can add your name to Fraction Jackson's list of Master Pie Bakers.

### Figure This!

Take a math challenge! Select and read a challenge problem. Also, read the justification for why the skills that are practiced in this problem are important. "Getting Started" will help you to develop a strategy, and "Think About This" will expand the problem and enhance your reasoning. You can also learn actual facts and statistics related to the challenge in the section called "Did You Know?"

### Order of Operations

The folks at BrainPOP will teach you all about the order of operations. In their movie, Tim and Moby explain the order, and they offer an optional quiz at the conclusion of the show. Cassie and Rita's comic strip will explain why it's important to do the operations in this order. Bob will help you create your own acronym for remembering the correct order.

### Math in Daily Life

When will you use all this math? This site will help you discover how math is used everyday. Find out where, when, and how we use math. For example, math is used in games, with bank accounts, and when decorating. See actual examples of daily math operations and explanations for computing them.

## Science Resources

### Science Projects

The Kids' Guide to Science Projects will help you find the perfect project idea. This site will also explain how to use the scientific method to set up your project and will offer step-by-step instructions for completing it. Print the checklist to make sure you have not skipped any steps. You can also get online help and advice for doing research.

### howstuffworks

At this site, you can learn how things, such as electronic devices, travel equipment, and household items work. Detailed descriptions and examples make understanding easy. I even used this site to learn how a three-way light bulb works! This site will come in handy if you do not understand something in class and need more insight into what is going on inside of an object.

### Virtual Tour of the Body

I love this site, and I am sure you will, too! MEDtropolis offers site visitors a chance to take a virtual tour of the human brain, the human heart, the skeleton, and the digestive tract. You can choose to explore by yourself or take the narrated tour. Click on various parts during the tour to find out more information.

### Dinosaurs

The Natural History Museum has a Dino Directory for you to explore. Identify dinosaurs by name, body shape, time period, location, diet, and taxonomy.

## Reading and Language Arts Resources

### Animal Diaries

Participate in a worldwide Internet project! The adventures of Pim the Penguin is a progressive online story written by students from all over the world. You can add your own twists to the story by submitting a paragraph to the site. Your paragraph will then be posted and will be a part of the tale forever.

### Word Central

Learn Merriam-Webster's daily buzzword; hear it, learn its meaning, and discover how to use it. Add buzzwords to your dictionary file for future reference and to chart your progress. You can also use the verse composer to create a poem using new words.

### Giggle Poetry

This is another of my favorite sites! Write funny, functional poetry with the help of this site. Select the type of poem you want to write. There is a wide variety, including Tabloid Headlines poems, Poems about Feelings, and Dream Poems. Then, follow the guide, which includes examples, to write your own giggle poems. Don't be afraid to try; have fun!

## Spanish Resources

### Spanish Tongue Twisters

Learn and practice Spansih tongue twisters, trabalenguas. When practicing be particularly conscious for your articulation and pronounciation. Try to figure out the meaning of the riddles; if you need help, click on the twister to see its translation.

### Concentration

Get extra practice with recognizing the Spanish words for colors, los colores, by playing an interactive version of Concentration. It is similar to Milton Bradley's Memory game. First, select the size of the gameboard and review the list of terms. Then, match each thumbnail picture of a color with a picture of the word for that color.

## Social Science Resources

### Time for Kids

Read the online version of Time for Kids. Find out what is happening in the United States and around the world by reading the daily news. Also, check for special articles highlighting broad topics, such as back to school articles or features on how to contact your representatives. You can also play games, participate in online polls, and get homework and research help.

### Impacto, Influencia, Cambio

This online exploratory lesson is about the "lives and accomplishments of inventors, aviators, astronauts, and the everyday people of Latin America and the southwestern United States." You will learn about the people, places, and topics as they pertain to advancements in science and technology. Choose to focus on one person or topic or research all of them! This site is maintained by the Smithsonian Office of Education.

### Journey to Latin America

Take an adventure through Latin America. Click on a country to learn more about it. Data include population, currency, time zone, and language statistics as well as maps, flags, and general commentary.