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1 Name Date ID Grade 4 (STC) - Science Interim Assessment Third Grading Period 1. This magnifying lens is often used in a science room. Which task would it do best? comparing the value of large objects identifying small insects in soil growing plants under different lights seeing how fast mice can run 2. Picture two is one stage in the life of a frog. picture 1 picture 2 picture 3 picture 4 Nova Development What is the name for this stage in the frog's life? Egg Tadpole Toadlet Froglet 4 th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 1

2 3. In the animal kingdom, there are many animals that have adaptive characteristics. Which of the following characteristics is an adaptive characteristic of a frog? building warm-blooded cold-blooded burbling 4. Each animal has a different kind of defense. Butterfly Clam Crab Fish Frog Snail Which animal is most likely to use claws to defend itself? clam crab fish butterfly 4 th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 2

3 5. Adaptive Characteristics Snail Shell Foot Toes Crab Frog What characteristic is shared by the crab and the snail that allows them to survive? Foot Shell Claws Toes 6. Frogs, crabs and snails all begin their life cycle as an egg. a larvae. a pupa. an adult. 7. Which of the following environmental elements is most critical to survival for frogs, crabs, and snails? Sound Light Water Dirt 4 th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 3

4 8. This is a fossil from an earlier time. It looks a little like a bug. It lived in the ocean. What animal is most like this fossil? a crab a shark a fish an eel 9. One summer there was a stream running through the woods. The next summer there was a pile of brush stopping the flow of the stream. What animal may have caused this to occur? a rabbit a beaver a crab a snail 4 th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 4

5 10. There was once an ancient animal like a cat. Descendents of this ancient animal are our modern cats. Today, there are cats everywhere. Why do cats live on? They eat only plants. fit their environment. eat only mice. are all brown. 4 th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 5

6 11. The food chain below represents a wetland in the United States about 100 years ago. If all the insects died which animal would most likely starve? Crayfish Frogs Insects Green Plants Green plants Frogs Crayfish Crabs 12. Animals are characterized by movement, response to light and a need for life span. symmetry. balance. food. 4 th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 6

7 13. A B C D Which line shows the symmetry of the butterfly? Line A Line B Line C Line D 14. Beavers and frogs have webbed feet in order to swim. Webbed feet are inherited differences. learned characteristics. inherited traits. learned differences. 15. Everyday a frog is fed from a white spoon. After many feedings from the white spoon, the frog swims toward the spoon. A frog responding to a white spoon is an example of a characteristic that is species. inherited. aquatic. learned. 4 th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 7

8 16. A student is experimenting with animal skin coverings. She covers the outside of three jars, one with snail shells, one with frog skin and one with beaver fur. The student then puts hot soup in each jar. The student found out that the soup stayed warm the longest in the jar covered with fur. What did the student learn? Animals with fur can't eat soup. Animals with fur can keep warm best. Skin doesn't protect animals from enemies. Shells are good insulators. 4th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 8

9 Read the passage Panda to answer questions 17, 18, 19, and 20. Panda Text by Catherine D. Hughes Photo by Jodi Cobb High in dense bamboo forests in the misty, rainy mountains of southwestern China lives one of the world's rarest mammals: the giant panda, also called the panda. Only about 1,000 of these black-and-white relatives of bears survive in the wild. Pandas eat almost nothing but bamboo shoots and leaves. Occasionally they eat other vegetation, fish, or small animals, but bamboo accounts for 99 percent of their diets. Pandas eat fast, and they eat a lot. They spend about 12 hours a day eating. The reason is that they digest only about a fifth of what they eat. Overall, bamboo is not very nutritious. The shoots and leaves are the most valuable parts of the plants, so that's what a well-fed panda concentrates on eating. To stay healthy, they have to eat a lot, so they eat fast. Pandas' molars are very broad and flat. The shape of these teeth helps the animals crush the bamboo shoots, leaves, and stems they eat. To get the bamboo to their mouths, they hold the stems with their front paws, which have enlarged wrist bones that act as thumbs for gripping. There are many species of bamboo. Only a few of these grow at the high altitudes where pandas live today. A panda should have at least two bamboo species where it lives. If not, it will starve. Giant pandas used to be able to move quite easily from one mountaintop to another in search of food. Now the valleys are mostly inhabited by people. Pandas are shy. They don't wander into areas where people live. This restricts pandas to very limited areas. As people continue to farm, log, and develop land higher and higher up the mountain slopes, the pandas' habitat continues to shrink. - National Geographic.com 4 th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 9

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11 Read the passage Panda to answer questions 17, 18, 19, and The shape of the Panda's teeth help the Panda crush the bamboo stems and leaves. get the bamboo to their mouth. hold the stems with their wrists. grip the leaves with their paws. 18. Which of the following statements is a fact? Pandas live in southeastern China. Pandas eat only bamboo. Pandas eat fast. Pandas never starve. 19. Which of the following characteristics describes the Panda? A rare amphibian A big bear A carnivore A rare mammal 4 th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 10

12 Read the passage Panda to answer questions 17, 18, 19, and Cause Effect Starving Pandas According to this article, what is the cause for Pandas starving? Pandas starve because they are shy. Pandas starve because their habitat is shrinking. Pandas starve because they are aggressive. Pandas starve because their molars are broad. 4 th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 11

13 Name Date ID Grade 4 (STC) - Science Interim Assessment Third Grading Period Answer Document th Grade Science (STC) Interim Assessment (3) 12

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