Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Quiz: Questions and Answers

Updated on October 2, 2018
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Sam has taught first and second graders and enjoys educational games and trivia.

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader is a pop-quiz style T.V. show game that can be integrated into your lesson plan at school or played at home. It can be challenging, but children of elementary and even middle school ages can learn a lot of general knowledge topics. It is great for helping kids turn into well-rounded, educated world citizens. Below is a list of five topics, plus a potpourri list for extra fun! Each topic is divided into grade levels from first grade to fifth grade, so you can play the game with your class like they do it on T.V.

History

First Grade

  1. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by Native Americans and what other group of people? Pilgrims

  2. From which country did Mexico gain its independence in the 19th century? Spain

  3. Who invented the light bulb in 1879? Thomas Edison

  4. Which language is the mostly widely spoken in South America? Spanish

  5. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two men in the entire world to do what? Walk on the moon

Second Grade

  1. What are the three branches of the United States government? Legislative, judicial, and executive

  2. Which war was fought between the north and south regions in the United States? The Civil War

  3. Italy, Japan, and Germany’s alliance was called what during WWII? The Axis of Evil

  4. What city was the first to be attacked by an atomic bomb? Hiroshima

  5. What are the first ten amendments to the Constitution called? The Bill of Rights

Third Grade

  1. What type of feather, beginning with letter Q, did people write with during the Middle Ages? Quill

  2. Julius Caesar was the emperor of what empire? The Roman Empire

  3. What is Rosa Parks most famous for? Refusing to give her seat up in the front of the bus.

  4. The first fireworks were invented in the 7th century in what country? China

  5. Name the American president on the half dollar coin who was assassinated in 1963. John F. Kennedy

Fourth Grade

  1. What ancient civilization built the Machu Picchu complex in Peru? The Incas

  2. The ancient Egyptian writing system was called what? Hieroglyphics

  3. From whom did the United State buy territory in the Louisiana Purchase? Napoleon/France

  4. Who wrote the national anthem of the United States of America? Francis Scott Key

  5. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought in which war? The Civil War

Fifth Grade

  1. The what was the name of the last Queen of France? Marie Antoinette

  2. The region known as the “Fertile Crescent” is located in present day… Middle East

  3. The modern day city of Istanbul was known by what name in the 13th century… Constantinople

  4. The French and Indian war, which began in 1754, became the North American theater of this worldwide war that lasted from 1756 to 1763… The Seven Years War
  5. In which decade did Hong Kong revert from British rule…1990s (1997)

English and Literature

First Grade

  1. The plural of “moose” is… Moose

  2. How many letters are in the English alphabet? 26

  3. In the story about the boy who cried wolf, what is the lesson? Always tell the truth

  4. What is the term for a word that is similar in meaning to another word? Synonym

  5. What type of words should be capitalized? Proper nouns

Second Grade

  1. What type of literature features magical creatures, such as giants, gnomes, and goblins? Fairy Tales

  2. Is “red” an adjective or a noun? Both

  3. What is the term for a word that has the opposite meaning of another word? Antonym

  4. What are the five interrogative or "question" words? Who, what, when, where, why

  5. What are the comparative and superlative forms of the word “big?” Bigger and biggest

Third Grade

  1. The person in a novel who tells the story from a third-person perspective is called a what? A narrator

  2. What is the name of the book about a friendship between a pig named Wilbur and spider named Charlotte? Charlotte’s Web

  3. Adding conjunctions such as “and” or “but” turns a simple sentence into what type of sentence? Compound sentence

  4. Who is the author of James and the Giant Peach? Roald Dahl

  5. The main series of events in a story is called a what? A plot

Fourth Grade

  1. What is the main character in a story called? A protagonist

  2. What type of word is “truthfully?” Adverb

  3. In this book titled The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, what is the last comma called? The Oxford comma

  4. A story conveying a moral lesson is called what? A fable

  5. What do you call a group of crows? A murder

Fifth Grade

  1. Who is the creator of the classic book characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn? Mark Twain

  2. The words “the,” “an,” and “a,” are known as what in English grammar? Articles

  3. Who is the author of the 1960 novel about social and racial inequality To Kill a Mockingbird? Harper Lee

  4. Often seen at the end of a sentence, the three trailing dots that indicate the omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues are known as… Ellipsis

  5. What is the name of the most famous English playwright? William Shakespeare

Geography

First Grade

  1. How many continents are there? 7

  2. What country is Paris the capital of? France

  3. In which country are the famous Pyramids of Giza? Egypt

  4. In what city is the White House located? Washington D.C.

  5. How many states are in the United States of America? 50

Second Grade

  1. Which state is called the Lone Star state? Texas

  2. In what state is the Grand Canyon located? Nevada

  3. What three countries are located in North America? Canada, the United States, and Mexico

  4. To travel from New York to London, one must fly over what ocean? The Atlantic Ocean

  5. In what country is the famous Taj Mahal located? India

Third Grade

  1. What is the longest river in the world? The Amazon

  2. On what continent is the country of Greece located? Europe

  3. What is the name for a body of land that is completely surrounded by water? An island.

  4. What is the capital of New York? Albany

  5. How many Great Lakes are there in the United States? 4: Michigan-Huron, Superior, Ontario, and Erie

Fourth Grade

  1. Where is the largest desert in the world located? Northern Africa

  2. How many kingdoms are part of the United Kingdom? 4: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

  3. Which country is the largest in size? Russia

  4. The United States and Mexico are separated by which river? The Rio Grande

  5. What is the southernmost continent called? Antarctica

Fifth Grade

  1. What is the main language spoken in the Canadian province of Quebec? French

  2. Which country is both an island and a continent? Australia

  3. What is the name of the sea bordered by Europe to the north and North Africa to the south? The Mediterranean Sea

  4. The mountain range that includes Mount Everest is called...The Himalayas

  5. Imaginary lines traversing the globe from pole to pole are called… Meridians

The Sciences

First Grade

  1. What causes tides? The moon

  2. The south pole of the magnet and the north pole of another magnet will do what? Stick together

  3. What is the force that causes objects to fall to the ground? Gravity

  4. A caterpillar changes and grows into a what? Butterfly

  5. What is the biggest organ in the human body? Liver

Second Grade

  1. What is H2O also known as? Water

  2. What gas is in the air we breathe? Oxygen

  3. What gas do plants breathe in that humans and animals breathe out? Carbon dioxide

  4. Earth is located in what galaxy? The Milky Way

  5. True or false? Bats are mammals. True

Third Grade

  1. What phenomenon might be felt on the surface when two tectonic plates rub against each other? Earthquake

  2. The hardest naturally occurring mineral is… Diamond

  3. What is the closest planet to the sun? Mercury

  4. The process by which plants eat and make energy is called… Photosynthesis

  5. Does the sun orbit the Earth? No

Fourth Grade

  1. What is the part of the eye that controls how much light enters? Pupil

  2. What planet is nicknamed the “Red Planet?” Mars

  3. Animals that eat only meat are known as… Carnivores

  4. How long does Earth take to revolve once around the sun? 365 days

  5. What is the freezing point of water? 32°F or 0°C

Fifth Grade

  1. The Earth is at least how many billion years old? 4 billion

  2. What are the three states of matter? Solid, liquid, and gas

  3. The Earth has 4 layers, the thickest of which is the mantle. What is the thinnest layer called? The Crust

  4. Animals without backbones are known as... Invertebrates

  5. What species can live on both water and land? Amphibians

Mathematics

First

  1. How many face cards are in a regular deck of playing cards? 12

  2. The first day of the 20th century was… 1 January 1901

  3. How many states made up the United States before Alaska and Hawaii joined? 48

  4. The largest number that can be pronounced with a single syllable is… 12

  5. You peer through a window into a classroom and count 20 eyes. If each person has a normal number of eyes, how many people are in the room? 10

Second

  1. What is the area of a triangle with a height of 4 and a width of 4? … 8

  2. Solve the following equation: 3 + 2 / 1 = … 5

  3. On a class field trip, there are 4 buses taking 36 students to the zoo. Each bus has the same number of student. How many students are on each bus? 9 students on each bus.

  4. 2 dozen kittens and 3 dozen puppies get adopted from the shelter. How many animals were adopted? 60

  5. What number is the Roman numeral XVI? 16

Third

  1. When writing out a fraction, the numbers above and below the vinculum are called the… Numerator and denominator.

  2. To the nearest multiple of 10, how many kilograms of cheese are in 110 pounds of cheese… 50

  3. If a shopping cart contains 1 apple, 2 bananas, 3 oranges, 4 hot dogs, what percent of the cart’s total contents is fruit? 60%

  4. If the first person takes 25% of the cake and the second person takes 20% of the remainder, how much of the original cake remains? 60%

  5. How many grams are in a thousand kilograms? One million

Fourth

  1. If a train leaves the station and travels at 60 kilometers per hour, how much time will have passed when it arrives at a station 300 kilometers away? 5 hours or 300 minutes

  2. The interior angles of a triangle always sum to… 180 degrees

  3. A farmer notices that every day for the past 10 days, the number of pigeons in his field has doubled. There are 1024 pigeons in the field today, and there were 2 pigeons there the first day. How many pigeons were there yesterday? 512

  4. You have 20 pairs of shoes, but there is only room in your closet for 8 shoes. How many shoes do you have to get rid of? 32 shoes (16 pairs)

  5. Solve the following equation: 5 + 3 * 4 / 2 - 1 = … 10

Fifth

  1. A hexagon has how many sides? 6

  2. A father has 7 daughters and 100 dollars. If he wants to give each daughter an equal amount of money, rounding to the nearest dollar, how much much does each daughter get? 14 dollars

  3. If a football field is 100 yards long, how many feet long is the football field? 300 feet

  4. You collect 48 pieces of Halloween candy. Your parents say you can eat 2 pieces per day, plus an extra piece on Saturdays and Sundays. How many weeks will it take to finish all of your candy? 3 weeks

  5. Solve the following equation: (2 * 4)/(5 + 3 - 1)08

Potpourri

  1. An insect has 6 legs. How many legs does a spider have? 8

  2. The red-shelled insect often known as a “ladybug” or “ladybird” is in fact a type of… Beetle

  3. Other than water, the most consumed beverage in the world is… Tea

  4. Although it is acceptable to refer to a peanut as a nut, it is more accurately described as a… Legume

  5. What is the primary difference between ocean water and tap water? Salt

  6. Which of the Earth’s 4 layers is liquid… The outer core

  7. The most famous fault in California is the… San Andreas

  8. A pound cake traditionally contains a pound of which 4 ingredients? Flour, butter, eggs, and sugar

  9. The most important article in a newspaper is usually found above the… Fold

  10. How many months in the calendar year have exactly 30 days? 4

  11. Opposite angles in a parallelogram are called… Complementary

  12. When an item’s copyright expires, the right to reproduce it passes into the… Public Domain

  13. The deepest part of the world’s oceans are found in… The Mariana Trench

  14. A2 + B2 = C2 is known as the… Pythagorean Theorem

  15. What is the minimum age for a U.S. President? 35

  16. Mary has to walk 1 mile north to school and 1 mile south back from school. One day, instead of walking home after school, Mary walks 2 miles east and 1 mile south to the store. In which direction does Mary have to walk to get home from the store? West

  17. How do you abbreviate pound and pounds? lb. and lbs.

  18. What sorts of measurements can be found on a standard American ruler? Feet, inches, centimeters, and millimeters.

  19. Bricks used as building materials are traditionally made of… Clay

  20. The energy of a moving object is also called… Kinetic energy

  21. A gallon of water weighs how many pounds? 8 pounds

  22. A machine that could work indefinitely without an energy source would also be known as a… Perpetual Motion Machine

  23. Bronze is formed by combining two other metals, copper, and tin. Another word for a compound like bronze is… Alloy

  24. This positively charged subatomic particle appears in the nucleus of all atoms… Proton

  25. In Einstein’s famous E = MC2, what do any of the letters stand for? E: Energy; M: Mass; C: Speed of Light

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