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VIRGINIA STANDARDS OF LEARNING ASSESSMENTS


Spring 2003 Released Test

GRADE 3 SCIENCE

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Read each question carefully and choose the best answer. SAMPLE 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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1 The pictures below show the same tree at different times of the year. Which picture was taken during the S308A307 winter?
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2 Which of these is used mainly for the sense of touch?


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Eyes Ears Nose Skin

4 Which picture shows the map correctly pointing to the North Pole?
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What protects this animal from predators?


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Large shell Large mouth Thick legs Long neck


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5 Which of these probably causes the most air pollution?


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7 Which of these beetles is 5 centimeters long?


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Trees Cars Wind Rain

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Which one of these would be best to use to move the box out of the truck?
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A pulley A lever A wheel and axle An inclined plane

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9 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?
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Which of these is probably the missing picture?

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softness of the mud ball size of the mud ball color of the mud ball stickiness of the mud ball

10 Beetle Cat Goat Horse These animals are in order from


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oldest to youngest smallest to largest heaviest to lightest roughest to smoothest

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11 One reason people build tall buildings in cities is that there is too little
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land air minerals water

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15 Plucking the string on a guitar creates what kind of motion in the string?
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Circular Rolling Vibrating Sliding

Bethany saw this jawbone while walking in the woods. She could tell by the teeth that this animal was
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herbivore producer decomposer carnivore

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13 A student saw a bird leave a nest. What does the student need to do to find out if the bird really lives in S201A401 the nest?
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Put out lots of bird food Build a bird bath Watch the bird many times Measure the size of the bird

Some students were watching the movement of a shadow. In the diagram above, where is the sun?
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14 What part of an apple tree becomes the fruit?


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roots stems leaves flower

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


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


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soil fungi rocks plants


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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

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19 Which of these carries away the most soil?


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Fires Floods Earthquakes Volcanoes

20 Which of these is a decomposer?


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Mouse Mushroom Tree Fox

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22 Which of these is most likely to cause floods?


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Animals with fur


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Evaporation Low temperatures High winds Heavy rain

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Animals without hooves

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Animals with short tails

Animals with long tails

Animals with short tails

Animals with long tails

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23 Which of these best shows circular motion?


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jumping up and down walking to its house chasing its tail running after a ball

Which of the following would fit in the empty box?

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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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The animals in box B are different from the animals in box A because the animals in box B have
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short legs feet for catching food feathers long beaks

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27 Which of these does not live in the same place as the others?
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28 People learn many things, but they do some things by instinct. Which of these is instinctive behavior? S304B207
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Swallowing food Turning off a television set Talking with friends 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
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magnets are too weak to stay together materials that make up the magnets are not magnetic same poles of the magnets are facing each other pencil stops the force of the magnets

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30 The following chart shows the growth of two flowers for four weeks. S301B506

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Plant Growth
8 Height of Plant (cm) Azalea Wildflower
Basketball without air Basketball with air
The picture above best shows that air has
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Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4

Which week did the wildflower grow the most? Week Week Week Week 1 2 3 4

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31 The spotted turtle is common in fresh water. It eats insects, tadpoles, dead fish, and tender S305B202 aquatic plants. Which of these best C describes the spotted turtle?
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A herbivore A carnivore An omnivore A decomposer

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


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34 Which of these will probably cause the most changes in a pond habitat?
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A frog swimming in the pond A human fishing in the pond Rocks at the bottom of the pond Many years with little rain in the pond

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35 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 SK02A401 was baking?
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taste hearing smell touch

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The basket is being lifted by


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a pulley a wheel and axle an inclined plane a lever

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


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What is the volume of salt water in this cylinder?


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38 A class was studying the weather that occurs in their community. Which of these is something they S206A304 should record in their weather C charts?
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size of the sun phases of the moon amount of rainfall speed of evaporation

40 Which of these will cause an animal to hibernate?


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Heavy rains Cloudy skies Cold weather Longer days

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Answer Key
Test Sequence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Correct Answer A J A F B J C H B G A F C J C F A F B G C J C F D J C F C J C F B J C F C H D H Reporting Category 018 015 017 016 018 016 015 018 016 015 018 017 015 017 016 018 018 016 018 017 016 018 016 015 015 017 017 017 016 015 017 016 017 017 015 016 015 018 015 018 Reporting Category Description Earth/Space Systems and Cycles Scientific Investigation Life Processes and Living Systems Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter Earth/Space Systems and Cycles Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter Scientific Investigation Earth/Space Systems and Cycles Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter Scientific Investigation Earth/Space Systems and Cycles Life Processes and Living Systems Scientific Investigation Life Processes and Living Systems Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter Earth/Space Systems and Cycles Earth/Space Systems and Cycles Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter Earth/Space Systems and Cycles Life Processes and Living Systems Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter Earth/Space Systems and Cycles Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter Scientific Investigation Scientific Investigation Life Processes and Living Systems Life Processes and Living Systems Life Processes and Living Systems Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter Scientific Investigation Life Processes and Living Systems Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter Life Processes and Living Systems Life Processes and Living Systems Scientific Investigation Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter Scientific Investigation Earth/Space Systems and Cycles Scientific Investigation Earth/Space Systems and Cycles