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V IRGINIA

S TANDARDS OF L EARNING A SSESSMENTS

Spring 2003 Released Test

GRADE 3 SCIENCE

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Science

DIRECTIONS

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The pictures below show the same tree at different times of the year. Which picture was taken during the winter?

 

Read each question carefully and choose the best answer.

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When the Earth is seen from outer space, it looks mainly blue. This is because most of the Earth is covered with —

 
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B mountains

C oceans

D deserts

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Which of these is used mainly for the sense of touch?

F

Eyes

G

Ears

H

Nose

J

Skin

touch? F Eyes G Ears H Nose J Skin What protects this animal from predators? A

What protects this animal from predators?

A Large shell

B Large mouth

C Thick legs

D Long neck

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Which of these probably causes the most air pollution?

A Trees

B

Cars

C Wind

D Rain

the most air pollution? A Trees B Cars C Wind D Rain Which one of these

Which one of these would be best to use to move the box out of the truck?

F

A pulley

G

A lever

H

A wheel and axle

J

An inclined plane

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7 Which of these beetles is 5 centimeters long?

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B

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Which of these is probably the missing picture?

 

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Some children are making mud balls. They cut the mud balls in half. Which of these changed when the mud balls were cut in half?

A The softness of the mud ball

B The size of the mud ball

C The color of the mud ball

D The stickiness of the mud ball

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Beetle Cat Goat Horse

These animals are in order from —

F

oldest to youngest

G

smallest to largest

H

heaviest to lightest

J

roughest to smoothest

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One reason people build tall buildings in cities is that there is too little —

A land

B air

C minerals

D water

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buildings in cities is that there is too little — A land B air C minerals

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12 S305B501 C L ArtCodes S305B501.AR1 Bethany saw this jawbone while walking in the woods. She

Bethany saw this jawbone while walking in the woods. She could tell by the teeth that this animal was —

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a herbivore

G

a producer

H

a decomposer

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a carnivore

A student saw a bird leave a nest. What does the student need to do to find out if the bird really lives in the nest?

A Put out lots of bird food

B Build a bird bath

C Watch the bird many times

D Measure the size of the bird

14 What part of an apple tree becomes the fruit?

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F

The roots

G

The stems

H

The leaves

J

The flower

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15 Plucking the string on a guitar creates what kind of motion in the string?

A

Circular

B

Rolling

C

Vibrating

D

Sliding

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Some students were watching the movement of a shadow. In the diagram above, where is the sun?

F

W

G

X

H

Y

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Z

were watching the movement of a shadow. In the diagram above, where is the sun? F

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17 Humus, silt, clay, and sand are all parts of —

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A soil

B fungi

C rocks

D plants

18 Which of these is attracted to a magnet?

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An iron nail

A copper penny

A silver spoon

An aluminum pan

19 Which of these carries away the most soil?

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A Fires

B Floods

C Earthquakes

D Volcanoes

20 Which of these is a decomposer?

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Mouse

Mushroom

Tree

Fox

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21 Which of these best shows a change in a state of matter?

A

B

C

D

MILK
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22 Which of these is most likely to cause floods?

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Evaporation

Low temperatures

High winds

Heavy rain

23 Which of these best shows circular motion?

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A A dog jumping up and down

B A dog walking to its house

C A dog chasing its tail

D A dog running after a ball

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Animals with fur Animals with hooves Animals without hooves Animals Animals Animals Animals with with
Animals with fur
Animals with hooves
Animals without hooves
Animals
Animals
Animals
Animals
with
with
with
with
short tails
long tails
short tails
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Which of the following would fit in the empty box?

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The animals in box B are different from the animals in box A because the animals in box B have —

A short legs

B feet for catching food

C feathers

D long beaks

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26 Which of these shows an animal that looks similar to its parent during its life after hatching?

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27 Which of these does not live in the same place as the others?

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People learn many things, but they do some things by instinct. Which of these is instinctive behavior?

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Swallowing food

 

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C

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Turning off a television set

H

Talking with friends

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Reading a book

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The picture shows some ring magnets on a pencil. A student pushed the magnets together, but they came apart as soon as the student let go. The magnets stay apart from each other because the —

A magnets are too weak to stay together

B materials that make up the magnets are not magnetic

C same poles of the magnets are facing each other

D pencil stops the force of the magnets

the magnets are not magnetic C same poles of the magnets are facing each other D

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Which week did the wildflower grow the most?

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Week 2

Week 3

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The spotted turtle is common in fresh water. It eats insects, tadpoles, dead fish, and tender aquatic plants. Which of these best

C describes the spotted turtle?

A A herbivore

B A carnivore

C An omnivore

D A decomposer

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Basketball without air Basketball with air
Basketball
without air
Basketball
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energy

oxygen

moisture

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33 Which of these pictures shows the way a seed would grow?

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Which of these will probably cause the most changes in a pond habitat?

F

A frog swimming in the pond

G

A human fishing in the pond

H

Rocks at the bottom of the pond

J

Many years with little rain in the pond

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A student was outside playing. He could tell that there was an apple pie in the oven. Which sense did the student use to let him know a pie was baking?

A Sense of taste

B Sense of hearing

C Sense of smell

D Sense of touch

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The basket is being lifted by —

F

a pulley

G

a wheel and axle

H

an inclined plane

J

a lever

The basket is being lifted by — F a pulley G a wheel and axle H

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mL 50 40 30 20 10
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30
20
10

What is the volume of salt water in this cylinder?

A 40 mL

B 41 mL

C 44 mL

D 50 mL

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A class was studying the weather that occurs in their community. Which of these is something they should record in their weather

charts?

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G

H

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The size of the sun

The phases of the moon

The amount of rainfall

The speed of evaporation

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39 Which of these models might help show how a windmill works?

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B

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of these models might help show how a windmill works? A B C D S201F503 C
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40 Which of these will cause an animal to hibernate?

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H

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Heavy rains

Cloudy skies

Cold weather

Longer days

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Answer Key

Test

Correct

Reporting

 

Sequence

Answer

Category

Reporting Category Description

 

1 A

018

Earth/Space Systems and Cycles

 

2 J

015

Scientific Investigation

 

3 A

017

Life Processes and Living Systems

 

4 F

016

Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter

 

5 B

018

Earth/Space Systems and Cycles

 

6 J

016

Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter

 

7 C

015

Scientific Investigation

 

8 H

018

Earth/Space Systems and Cycles

 

9 B

016

Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter

10 G

 

015

Scientific Investigation

11 A

 

018

Earth/Space Systems and Cycles

12 F

 

017

Life Processes and Living Systems

13 C

 

015

Scientific Investigation

14 J

 

017

Life Processes and Living Systems

15 C

 

016

Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter

16 F

 

018

Earth/Space Systems and Cycles

17 A

 

018

Earth/Space Systems and Cycles

18 F

 

016

Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter

19 B

 

018

Earth/Space Systems and Cycles

20 G

 

017

Life Processes and Living Systems

21 C

 

016

Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter

22 J

 

018

Earth/Space Systems and Cycles

23 C

 

016

Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter

24 F

 

015

Scientific Investigation

25 D

 

015

Scientific Investigation

26 J

 

017

Life Processes and Living Systems

27 C

 

017

Life Processes and Living Systems

28 F

 

017

Life Processes and Living Systems

29 C

 

016

Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter

30 J

 

015

Scientific Investigation

31 C

 

017

Life Processes and Living Systems

32 F

 

016

Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter

33 B

 

017

Life Processes and Living Systems

34 J

 

017

Life Processes and Living Systems

35 C

 

015

Scientific Investigation

36 F

 

016

Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter

37 C

 

015

Scientific Investigation

38 H

 

018

Earth/Space Systems and Cycles

39 D

 

015

Scientific Investigation

40 H

 

018

Earth/Space Systems and Cycles