Do You Think You’re Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? is a pop-quiz-style TV game show that may be used in your classroom or played at home with your children. It can be difficult, but it can also assist elementary and middle school students to learn a lot about a variety of general knowledge topics. It is an excellent motivator for pupils to strive to become well-rounded, informed global citizens.
This article’s questions and answers cover five different educational themes (plus a miscellaneous section for extra fun). Each topic is divided into grade levels (first through fifth), allowing you to play the game with your class or at home, just like on TV.
History Questions and Answers
1: First Grade
- The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by Native Americans and what other group of people? Pilgrims
- From which country did Mexico gain its independence in the 19th century? Spain
- Who invented the lightbulb in 1879? Thomas Edison
- Which language is the most widely spoken in South America? Spanish
- Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, were the first two men in the entire world to do what? Walk on the moon
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- What are the three branches of the United States government? Legislative, judicial, and executive
- Which war was fought between the North and South regions in the United States? The Civil War
- Italy, Japan, and Germany’s alliance were called what during WWII? The Axis of Evil
- What city in the world was the first to be attacked with an atomic bomb? Hiroshima
- What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called? The Bill of Rights
- What object, beginning with the letter Q, did people write with during the Middle Ages? Quill
- Julius Caesar was the emperor of what empire? The Roman Empire
- What is Rosa Parks most famous for? Refusing to give up her seat in the front of the bus
- The first fireworks were invented in the 7th century in what country? China
- Name the American president on the half-dollar coin who was assassinated in 1963. John F. Kennedy
- What ancient civilization built the Machu Picchu complex in Peru? The Incas
- What was the ancient Egyptian writing system called? Hieroglyphics
- From whom did the United State buy territory in the Louisiana Purchase? Napoleon/France
- Who wrote the national anthem of the United States of America? Francis Scott Key
- The Battle of Gettysburg was fought in which war? The Civil War
- What was the name of the last Queen of France? Marie Antoinette
- The region known as the “Fertile Crescent” is located in the present-day ____. Middle East
- The modern-day city of Istanbul was known by what name in the 13th century? Constantinople
- The French and Indian war, which began in 1754, became the North American theater of what worldwide war that lasted from 1756 to 1763? The Seven Years’ War
- In which decade did Hong Kong revert from British rule? The 1990s (1997)
- The first day of the 20th century was… Jan. 1, 1901.
- If you cut a quarter into thirds, how many pieces would you have? Three.
- If I have five apples and you have four apples, how many more apples do I have? One.
- How many states made up the United States before Alaska and Hawaii joined? 48.
- What makes a square a square? Four equal sides.
- Out of the fractions below, which is greatest? 3/20, 3/9, or 3/5? 3/5.
- What is the 384 rounded off to the nearest ten? 380.
- How many syllables are in the word Rhinoceros? Four.
- Can you pick the antonym of the word tame? Wild.
- Can you pick the correct homophone — to, too, or two — or the following sentence? I read a book, and she read that book ___. Too.
- Which farm animal completes the sentence below? A father _____ is called a boar. Pig.
- According to where the hands are at, what is the time? The big hand is on 12. The little hand is on the seven. 7:00 p.m.
- Which one of these words is an adjective? Cotton, She, Jump, or Red. Red.
- There are eight rugby balls in the closet. The coach says there should be 11. How many are missing? Three.
- There are 12 tennis racquets and six baseball bats. How many more tennis racquets are there than baseball bats? Six.
- On a class field trip, there are four buses taking 36 students to the zoo. Each bus has the same number of students. How many students are on each bus? Nine students on each bus.
- If your mom buys 52 grapes and your dad brings home 34 grapes, how many grapes does your family have? 86.
- You have two quarters, a nickel, three dimes, and four pennies. How much money do you have? 89 cents.
- Which is bigger: 285 or 200 + 30 – 5 + 60? They’re equal.
- What number is the Roman numeral XVI? 16.
- How many minutes are in a half-hour? 30.
- When writing out a fraction, the numbers above and below the vinculum are called the… Numerator and denominator.
- If it’s 5:30 when you leave for the store and 6:15 when you get there, how long did it take? 45 minutes.
- What’s 25 x 3? 75.
- How many grams are in a thousand kilograms? One million.
- Ron saves $32 every day. How much will he save in a year of 365 days? $11,680.
- How many times can 6 be subtracted from 48? 8.
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- If a train leaves the station and travels at 60 miles per hour, how much time will have passed when it arrives at a station 300 miles away? Five hours or 300 minutes.
- 91 x 2 = 182.
- The interior angles of a triangle always sum to… 180 degrees.
- 23 x 4 = 92.
- 23.4 + 16.2 = 39.6.
- A hexagon has how many sides? Six.
- 141 x 2 = 282.
- If you need 1/2 cup of flour and you only have a 1/4 measuring cup, how many times do you need to use it to get the right about of flour? Twice.
- If a football field is 100 yards long, how many feet long is the football field? 300 feet.
- 34 x 20 = 680.
- What causes tides? The moon.
- A caterpillar changes and grows into a what? Butterfly.
- The sun is a: Planet, star, mystery? Star.
- Moving air is called: wind, tide, hurricane? Wind.
- Snow, rain, and sleet are all examples of what? Precipitation.
- What is H2O also known as? Water.
- The ocean is made of what kind of water? Saltwater.
- These collect energy from the movement of air: Windmills.
- Earth is located in what galaxy? The Milky Way.
- How many legs do arachnids have? Eight.
- When a living thing makes more of its own kind, is it called reproducing, reducing, or recycling? Reproducing.
- What phenomenon might be felt on the surface when two tectonic plates rub against each other? Earthquake.
- Which planet is closest to the sun? Mercury.
- What resource covers most of the Earth? Water.
- A landscape where the most prominent features are trees is called: Forest.
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- What planet is nicknamed the “Red Planet?” Mars.
- Animals who eat only plants are called what? Herbivores.
- How long does it take the moon to orbit Earth: 24 hours, 365 days, one month, Earth orbits the moon? One month.
- What do you call a scientist who studies rocks? Geologist.
- The poles of a magnet are called: on/off, north/south, good/bad, top/bottom? North/south.
- What are the three states of matter? Solid, liquid, and gas.
- What force pulls objects toward Earth’s core and keeps humans from floating in the sky? Gravity.
- Why do you see often see lightning before you hear the thunder? Light travels faster than sound.
- Which tool is used to estimate the likelihood of certain genetic outcomes? Punnett Square.
- What species can live on both water and land? Amphibians.
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