Is there a 5th grader in the house in need of some entertainment? Or maybe they’re still in 4th grade but gearing up for the transition?
No matter your situation, we’re sure everyone in the family can benefit from these 5th grader trivia questions. From sports to space, wildlife, and more, this list covers it all.
How many students complain about not being engaged during class? Trivia doesn’t only provide valuable learning experiences – it also helps students retain new information.
So, are you up for the challenge? If so, read on below. It’s time to find who actually is smarter than a 5th grader.
5th Grader Trivia Questions and Answers
Science Trivia For a 5th Grader
Trivia Question: What is the strongest bone in the human body?
Trivia Question: What part of the human body is responsible for getting rid of harmful toxins?
Answer: The liver
Trivia Question: What two elements on the periodic table combine to make the ingredient commonly known as table salt?
Answer: Na and Cl. Sodium Chloride.
Trivia Question: What is the center of a cell called?
Answer: The nucleus
Trivia Question: Which part of a plant makes most of the food, and by what process?
Answer: Most of a plant’s food is made in the leaves. It’s done through photosynthesis.
Trivia Question: What is the name of the value assigned to the amount of moisture in the air?
Trivia Question: What are the main types of plate boundaries for the two tectonic plates?
Answer: Divergent, Convergent, and Transform
Trivia Question: Who was the Italian astronomer and physicist who discovered that an object’s weight does not affect how fast it falls?
Answer: Galileo Galilei
Trivia Question: Who was the German-born physicist that developed the special and general theories of relativity? This same physicist won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.
Answer: Albert Einstein
Geography Trivia Questions
Trivia Question: How many Great Lakes are located entirely in United States territory?
Answer: Just one: Lake Michigan.
Trivia Question: Which country accidentally invented the first fireworks by throwing bamboo into fire back in 200 B.C.?
Trivia Question: Which ancient civilization built the Pantheon and Colosseum and invented the modern-day calendar?
Answer: The Roman Empire
Trivia Question: What is the only continent without spiders?
Trivia Question: Name one of the two cities in Japan where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb.
Answer: Hiroshima or Nagasaki
Trivia Question: What modern-day city in South America has a statue of Jesus Christ upon a mountain top?
Answer: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Trivia Question: What is the most widely grown crop in the United States?
Trivia Question: What is the largest country on the continent of Europe by sheer acreage?
Trivia Question: List the names of each state of the original thirteen United States colonies.
Answer: Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Trivia Question: What central mountain range runs from Maine down to Alabama?
Answer: The Appalachian Mountains
Trivia Question: What city exists on two separate continents?
Answer: Istanbul. The city touches both sides of the Bosporus Straight, the boundary between Asia and Europe.
5th Grade Mathematics Trivia
Trivia Question: In degrees, what are the interior angles of each angle of an equilateral triangle?
Answer: 60 degrees
Trivia Question: How many legs are in a right triangle?
Answer: Technically, only two; the opposite and adjacent. The third edge is the hypotenuse.
Trivia Question: How many syllables are in a haiku?
Answer: 17 syllables broken up into three lines of 5, 7, and 5.
Trivia Question: How many grams are in 1 cup?
Trivia Question: In the numbered sequence, .0347, the 3 is in which decimal place?
Trivia Question: What is the name of the longest side of a triangle opposite the right angle?
Answer: The hypotenuse
Trivia Question: What mathematical term describes the likelihood of a particular event occurring?
Trivia Question: What is the name of a triangle with different length sides for all three sides?
Answer: Scalene triangle
Trivia Question: What is the unit of time that equates to 1/100th of a second?
Answer: A “jiffy.” Hey! Now you know where the phrase comes from.
Trivia About Bugs and Animals
Trivia Question: How many bones does a giraffe have in its neck?
Answer: Seven, which is the same amount as humans!
Trivia Question: How many eggs do a hen typically lay in one day?
Trivia Question: How many bones are in a chicken?
Trivia Questions: Turkeys and pigeons both have the same number of this thread-like structure of DNA.
Trivia Question: What is the name of a plant with a jaw-like mechanism to trap flies and other small insects?
Answer: The Venus Fly Trap
Trivia Question: What is the proper English grammar for the only plants that consume other animals and protozoans?
Answer: Carnivorous Plants
Trivia Questions: What country is home to animals such as kangaroos, dingoes, and wallabies?
Trivia Questions: What is the most widely spoken dialect in the Chinese language?
Trivia Questions: Which language, regardless of dialect, does not have words that form past tense?
5th Grade Space Trivia Questions
Trivia Question: What force was discovered and named by Sir Isaac Newton in 1665?
Trivia Question: Which planet in the solar system was considered an actual planet for decades until August 2006, when it was reclassified as a dwarf planet?
Trivia Question: What is the fastest spinning planet in the solar system?
Trivia Questions: Which two countries were in a space race to the moon in the 1960s?
Answer: The United States of America and the Soviet Union
Trivia Question: What were the names of the three artificial earth satellites launched by the Russians starting in 1957?
Trivia Question: What happens with the sun and the moon during a solar eclipse?
Answer: The sun becomes obscured by the moon.
Trivia Question: If you were standing on the moon and the sun was shining down on you, what color would the moon be?
Trivia Question: What famous scientist first outlined the Three Laws of Motion?
Answer: Sir Isaac Newton
Trivia Question: How many days does it take for the moon to orbit the earth?
Answer: 28 days
5th Grade Sports Trivia
Trivia Question: What famous Boston Red Sox legend left baseball briefly to be a fighter pilot in the second world war?
Answer: Ted Williams
Trivia Question: What two countries have the most gold medals of all time in modern Olympic games?
Answer: The United States and the former Soviet Union
Trivia Question: What is the official color and motto of the Italian National Soccer Team?
Answer: Color: Blue. Motto: “Forza Azzurri!” (English: Let’s go, Blues!)
Trivia Question: What Major League Baseball franchise is the most highly decorated with 27 World Series titles?
Answer: The New York Yankees
Trivia Question: What is the name for the part of the football field where you must enter with the football to score a touchdown?
Answer: The end zone
Trivia Question: What is the name for the area on a baseball field located between the outfield grass and the padded wall?
Answer: The warning track
Trivia Question: What is the name on the baseball field where the players sit and wait for their turn to bat?
Answer: The dugout
Trivia Question: What is the name of the area where relief pitchers begin to warm up before going into a game?
Answer: The bullpen
Trivia Question: The dimples on a golf ball give in traction on the terrain. How many dimples does an average golf ball have?
Answer: 336 dimples
Entertainment Trivia for 5th Graders
Trivia Question: Who was the famous English playwright who wrote Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and King Lear?
Answer: William Shakespeare
Trivia Question: What American author wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
Answer: Mark Twain
Trivia Question: Which book series was created by J.K. Rowling in which the literature features magical creatures, such as “nifflers” and “pygmy puffs?”
Answer: The Harry Potter book series.
Trivia Questions: Which legendary American novel features the characters Atticus Finch and Boo Radley?
Answer: To Kill a Mockingbird
Trivia Questions: What was the character who wore P.F. Flyers sneakers in a movie called The Sandlot?
Answer: Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez
Trivia Questions: What is the minimum age a person must be to attend a rated R movie without a parent present to accompany them?
Answer: R-rated movies are restricted to individuals aged 17 and under unless an adult or guardian accompanies them.
Trivia Questions: What is the name of the upcoming movie spinoff of Toy Story called?
Trivia Questions: In literature, film, and theatre, what is the difference between a first-person perspective and a third-person perspective?
Answer: A first-person perspective puts the audience “inside” the mind and body of the main character. In the third person, the audience is viewing the action as an ordinary bystander would.
Trivia Question: What is the moral lesson of the story in the boy who cried wolf?
Answer: The takeaway is that it doesn’t pay to lie; if a liar does eventually need to tell the truth, no one will believe them.
Difficult 5th Grade Trivia Questions
Trivia Question: What three main groups invaded Europe during the middle ages?
Answer: The Vikings, the Magyars, and the Muslims
Trivia Question: What is the fastest human sense?
Trivia Question: Who wrote the original words to “The Star-Spangled Banner”?
Answer: Francis Scott Key
Trivia Question: In what year and from what country did Mexico gain its independence?
Answer: 1810, from Spain.
Trivia Question: How many continents in the world are inhabited?
Trivia Questions: What is the largest country by population in Africa?
Trivia Questions: How long did the British rule in India?
Answer: The British ruled India from 1858 to 1947, for a total of 89 years.
Trivia Questions: What was the name of the writing system used by the Ancient Egyptians?
Trivia Questions: The golden wattle is the national flower of which country?
Trivia Question: How many countries in South America speak Portuguese as a first language?
Answer: Just one: Brazil!
Trivia Questions on Social and Racial Inequality
Trivia Question: What U.S. policy resulted in continued segregation and mistreatment of African Americans until it was dismantled in 1964?
Answer: The Jim Crow laws
Trivia Question: Which civil rights leader said that the Constitution called for all Americans to be judged by the content of the character and not the color of their skin?
Answer: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Trivia Question: What were the names of the northern and southern regions of the United States during the American Civil War?
Answer: The Union (North) and the Confederacy (South)
Trivia Question: What are the first ten amendments to the Constitution formally known as?
Answer: The Bill of Rights
Why Trivia Matters
Hopefully, these fifth-grader trivia questions can help you prepare for the upcoming school year and keep the kids entertained and engaged during the off months.
More From Great Wolf Lodge
We hope you enjoyed these 5th grader trivia questions from Great Wolf Lodge! We hope to see you and your pack soon!
Enjoy our indoor water park, arcade games, and ropes course for a fun day out with the family. You can also shop your heart out at the MagiQuest Marketplace. And don’t forget to stop by the Great Wolf Candy Company before you’re done!