Students will show proficiency or mastery on VA SOL science standards.
This resource includes an assessment for each Virginia 3rd Grade science Standard of Learning (SOL). I have my students place all of the assessments in their data binder at the beginning of the year and after learning a skill, students complete the page assigned as an assessment on only that skill. Students who master the skill receive a sticker or check mark on their “Standards I’ve Mastered” page. Students who need more practice with the skill, have the standard highlighted and attempt showing mastery again after further instruction. Each child works until they can show mastery of the skill. I love this binder because it’s fluid and students are always given the opportunity to improve. This binder also comes in really handy during parent conferences and during SOL review time.
*This resource is available for 3rd Grade VA SOL for reading, math, science, and social studies.
*Included in this resource:
-36 assessment pages (some standards may have more than one assessment)
-an answer key for every assessment page
-“Standards I’ve Mastered” page
*I realize that the Virginia science standards are in a crosswalk year until the school year 2021-2022. These assessments were made with the current standards since we are responsible for covering them until then. I am working on a set of assessments for the new science standards.
The assessments in this resource cover the standards below, please read through to be sure these are the standards you need.
Force, Motion, and Energy
3.2 The student will investigate and understand simple machines and their uses. Key concepts include a) purpose and function of simple machines; b) types of simple machines; c) compound machines; and d) examples of simple and compound machines found in the school, home, and work environments.
3.3 The student will investigate and understand that objects are made of materials that can be described by their physical properties. Key concepts include a) objects are made of one or more materials; b) physical properties remain the same as the material is changed in visible size; and c) visible physical changes are identified.
3.4 The student will investigate and understand that adaptations allow animals to satisfy life needs and respond to the environment. Key concepts include a) behavioral adaptations; and b) physical adaptations.
3.5 The student will investigate and understand relationships among organisms in aquatic and terrestrial food chains. Key concepts include a) producer, consumer, decomposer; b) herbivore, carnivore, omnivore; and c) predator and prey.
3.6 The student will investigate and understand that ecosystems support a diversity of plants and animals that share limited resources. Key concepts include a) aquatic ecosystems; b) terrestrial ecosystems; c) populations and communities; and d) the human role in conserving limited resources.
Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems
3.7 The student will investigate and understand the major components of soil, its origin, and its importance to plants and animals including humans. Key concepts include a) soil provides the support and nutrients necessary for plant growth; b) topsoil is a natural product of subsoil and bedrock; c) rock, clay, silt, sand, and humus are components of soils; and d) soil is a natural resource and should be conserved.
Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change
3.8 The student will investigate and understand basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature. Key concepts include a) patterns of natural events such as day and night, seasonal changes, simple phases of the moon, and tides; b) animal life cycles; and c) plant life cycles.
3.9 The student will investigate and understand the water cycle and its relationship to life on Earth. Key concepts include a) there are many sources of water on Earth; b) the energy from the sun drives the water cycle; c) the water cycle involves several processes; d) water is essential for living things; and e) water on Earth is limited and needs to be conserved.
3.10 The student will investigate and understand that natural events and human influences can affect the survival of species. Key concepts include a) the interdependency of plants and animals; b) the effects of human activity on the quality of air, water, and habitat; c) the effects of fire, flood, disease, and erosion on organisms; and d) conservation and resource renewal.
3.11 The student will investigate and understand different sources of energy. Key concepts include a) energy from the sun; b) sources of renewable energy; and c) sources of nonrenewable energy.