Virginia Science Standards of Learning — Grade 3


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3.10a

the interdependency of plants and animals;

3.10b

the effects of human activity on the quality of air, water, and habitat;

3.10c

the effects of fire, flood, disease, and erosion on organisms; and

3.10d

conservation and resource renewal.

3.11a

energy from the sun;

3.11b

sources of renewable energy; and

3.11c

sources of nonrenewable energy.

3.1a

observations are made and are repeated to ensure accuracy;

3.1b

predictions are formulated using a variety of sources of information;

3.1c

objects with similar characteristics or properties are classified into at least two sets and two subsets;

3.1d

natural events are sequenced chronologically;

3.1e

length, volume, mass, and temperature are estimated and measured in metric and standard English units using proper tools and techniques;

3.1f

time is measured to the nearest minute using proper tools and techniques;

3.1g

questions are developed to formulate hypotheses;

3.1h

data are gathered, charted, graphed, and analyzed;

3.1i

unexpected or unusual quantitative data are recognized;

3.1j

inferences are made and conclusions are drawn;

3.1k

data are communicated;

3.1l

models are designed and built; and

3.1m

current applications are used to reinforce science concepts.

3.2a

purpose and function of simple machines;

3.2b

types of simple machines;

3.2c

compound machines; and

3.2d

examples of simple and compound machines found in the school, home, and work environments.

3.3a

objects are made of one or more materials;

3.3b

physical properties remain the same as the material is changed in visible size; and

3.3c

visible physical changes are identified.

3.4a

behavioral adaptations; and

3.4b

physical adaptations.

3.5a

producer, consumer, decomposer;

3.5b

herbivore, carnivore, omnivore; and

3.5c

predator and prey.

3.6a

aquatic ecosystems;

3.6b

terrestrial ecosystems;

3.6c

populations and communities; and

3.6d

the human role in conserving limited resources.

3.7a

soil provides the support and nutrients necessary for plant growth;

3.7b

topsoil is a natural product of subsoil and bedrock;

3.7c

rock, clay, silt, sand, and humus are components of soils; and

3.7d

soil is a natural resource and should be conserved.

3.8a

patterns of natural events such as day and night, seasonal changes, simple phases of the moon, and tides;

3.8b

animal life cycles; and

3.8c

plant life cycles.

3.9a

there are many sources of water on Earth;

3.9b

the energy from the sun drives the water cycle;

3.9c

the water cycle involves several processes;

3.9d

water is essential for living things; and

3.9e

water on Earth is limited and needs to be conserved.