Trip to the Aquarium Project Based Learning – 5th Grade Math – Print & Digital



Trip to the Aquarium Project Based Learning – 5th Grade Math

⭐Trip to the Aquarium is a project-based learning task that involves using 5th grade math standards to plan for a school field trip to the aquarium. This resource contains a standards-based unit in both printable PDF and Google Slides versions – so it’s the perfect activity to increase engagement and interest for any classroom. Students will be in charge of determining how much the field trip will cost, help make decisions about renting buses, creating a schedule for the day, and choosing educational classes, and more! Additional “challenge activities” engage students and develop further understanding of the concepts and skills.


⭐ This project-based learning task that involves using the following CCSS math standards to solve problems related to planning a school field trip to the aquarium.

  • 5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
  • 5.NBT.B.5 Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
  • 5.NBT.B.6 Find whole number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between mult/div. Illustrate and explain calculations.
  • 5.NBT.B.7 Add, sub., mult., and div. decimals to the hundredths, using concrete models, drawings, or strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between add/sub. Relate to a written method and explain reasoning.
  • 5.NF.A.1 Add/sub fractions with unlike denominators by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions, in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.
  • 5.NF.A.2 Solve word problems involving add/sub of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators.
  • 5.NF.B.3 Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator. Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers.
  • 5.NF.B.4 Apply and extend previous understanding of multiplication to multiply a fractions or whole number by a fraction.
  • 5.NF.B.6 Solve real world problems, involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers.
  • 5.MD.B.2 Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions. Use operations to solve problems in the line plots.


Key Features:

✏️ Printable & Digital Format – Printable PDF & Google Slides formats make this resource perfect for classroom instruction, distance learning, and everywhere in between. Digital and printable versions are consistent, so they can be used for combination classroom and virtual instruction situations.


✏️ Educational & Engaging – This resource will capture the imagination of your students while they practice key math skills.


✏️ Differentiation – Three challenge activities mean that you can challenge your high-performing students while making the resource accessible to your on-level and below-level students.


What’s Included?

  1. Teacher & Student Directions
  2. Planning a Trip to the Aquarium- Information Card
  3. Ticket Prices (Calculate costs)
  4. Transportation (Costs, Travel time, Seating arrangements)
  5. Busing Word Problems (Elapsed time, Travel time)
  6. Chaperones (Divide students into groups)
  7. Schedule for the Day (Creating a schedule, Time, Timeline, Word problems)
  8. Dolphin Discovery (Determine ages with In/Out machine)
  9. Penguin Palooza (Organize data, Bar graph and line plot)
  10. Life in the Rainforest (Compare frog length to distance jumped, Snake length word problems, Comparing age and weight of tortoises)
  11. Challenge 1: Seal Feedings-1 (Calculate pounds of food)
  12. Challenge 1: Seal Feedings-2 (Cost to purchase seal food)
  13. Challenge 2: Gift Shop (Determine sales, Calculate percentage of money donated to Coral Reef Alliance)


Take a closer look at what this Project Based Learning looks like in this video preview.


Looking for more differentiation? Check out the 3rd and 4th grade version!


Copyright & Terms of Use

For copyright information and a summary of how this resource can and cannot be used, please review the Terms of Use Page.


Other Related Products:

Thanksgiving Feast Project Based Learning – 5th Grade Math

Budget & Money Supermarket Project Based Learning – 5th Grade

Ice Cream Truck Mania: Math Project Based Learning – 5th Grade

5th Grade Math Project Based Learning – Back to School

5th Grade Build a Zoo Math Project Based Learning

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Quilting Project Learning – 5th Grade

4th Grade Build a Zoo Project Based Learning

Design a Bedroom Math Project Based Learning – 4th Grade

Cupcakes Galore! Project Learning – 4th Grade

Virtual Field Trip – Growing Mega Bundle


There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.


We strive to empower teachers and promote student success. We create skill-focused resources that promote critical thinking, enhance student engagement, and incorporate diversity. Our goal is to develop the tools teachers need to reach their students and foster a lifetime of learning.

Get Started for Free

Sign up now for a free reading resource
Common Core Kingdom Email Sign Up

Subscribe to get free content by email.