This is a 17-question assessment over the 3rd grade Georgia Performance Standard:
S3E1. Students will investigate the physical attributes of rocks and soils.
a. Explain the difference between a rock and a mineral.
b. Recognize the physical attributes of rocks and minerals using observation (shape, color, texture), measurement, and simple tests (hardness).
S3E2. Students will investigate fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago.
a. Investigate fossils by observing authentic fossils or models of fossils or view information resources about fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago.
b. Describe how a fossil is formed.
This assessment is a mixture of multiple choice, fill in the blank, and 2 free response. It includes diagrams and picture models in several of the questions.
It also includes a teacher answer key.