3rd Grade Science : Earth and Space Science

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Example Question #1 : Earth And Space Science

Select the type of cloud that is high in the sky and made of ice. These clouds look very thin and wispy. 

Possible Answers:

Altostratus clouds

Cirrus clouds

Cumulus cloud

Stratus clouds

Correct answer:

Cirrus clouds

Explanation:

In order to answer this question correctly, we need to be able to decipher between the different clouds in the answer choices:

Altostratus clouds are found in the mid-level of the sky and made of ice crystals and water. Stratus clouds are typically gray and usually cover the entire sky.

Stratus clouds are low in the sky and look similar to fog that doesn't touch the ground, but does cover the entire sky. 

Cumulus clouds are white, puffy clouds. They resemble cotton balls in the sky. 

Cirrus clouds are high in the sky and made of ice. These clouds look very thin and wispy. 

The correct answer is cirrus clouds. 

Example Question #2 : Earth And Space Science

Select the type of cloud that is white and puffy, resembling cotton balls in the sky. 

Possible Answers:

Altostratus clouds

Cirrus clouds

Cumulus cloud

Stratus clouds

Correct answer:

Cumulus cloud

Explanation:

In order to answer this question correctly, we need to be able to decipher between the different clouds in the answer choices:

Altostratus clouds are found in the mid-level of the sky and made of ice crystals and water. Stratus clouds are typically gray and usually cover the entire sky.

Stratus clouds are low in the sky and look similar to fog that doesn't touch the ground, but does cover the entire sky. 

Cumulus clouds are white, puffy clouds. They resemble cotton balls in the sky. 

Cirrus clouds are high in the sky and made of ice. These clouds look very thin and wispy. 

The correct answer is altostratus clouds. 

Example Question #3 : Earth And Space Science

Select the type of cloud that is found in the mid-level of the sky and made of ice crystals and water. These clouds are gray and cover the entire sky. 

Possible Answers:

Stratus clouds

Altostratus clouds

Cirrus clouds

Cumulus cloud

Correct answer:

Altostratus clouds

Explanation:

In order to answer this question correctly, we need to be able to decipher between the different clouds in the answer choices:

Altostratus clouds are found in the mid-level of the sky and made of ice crystals and water. Stratus clouds are typically gray and usually cover the entire sky.

Stratus clouds are low in the sky and look similar to fog that doesn't touch the ground, but does cover the entire sky. 

Cumulus clouds are white, puffy clouds. They resemble cotton balls in the sky. 

Cirrus clouds are high in the sky and made of ice. These clouds look very thin and wispy. 

The correct answer is altostratus clouds. 

Example Question #4 : Earth And Space Science

Select the type of cloud that is low in the sky and looks similar to fog that doesn't touch the ground, but does cover the entire sky. 

 

Possible Answers:

Cumulus cloud

Altostratus clouds

Stratus clouds

Cirrus clouds

Correct answer:

Stratus clouds

Explanation:

In order to answer this question correctly, we need to be able to decipher between the different clouds in the answer choices:

Altostratus clouds are found in the mid-level of the sky and made of ice crystals and water. Stratus clouds are typically gray and usually cover the entire sky.

Stratus clouds are low in the sky and look similar to fog that doesn't touch the ground, but does cover the entire sky. 

Cumulus clouds are white, puffy clouds. They resemble cotton balls in the sky. 

Cirrus clouds are high in the sky and made of ice. These clouds look very thin and wispy. 

The correct answer is stratus clouds. 

Example Question #1 : Representing Weather Conditions Through Data

Samantha is planning a trip to the zoo and needs to decide which season would be the best for being outdoors.

Using the information provided which season should she choose and why?

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Possible Answers:

Summer is the best season to visit the zoo because it is the hottest month and there is the most rain.

Fall is the best season to visit because the temperatures are cold and there there is a lot of rain.

Winter is the best season to visit the zoo because it is frigid and it is the season with the least amount of rain.

Spring is the best season for visiting the zoo because the temperatures are comfortable and there is very little rain.

Correct answer:

Spring is the best season for visiting the zoo because the temperatures are comfortable and there is very little rain.

Explanation:

Using data tables are a great way to organize information and compare numbers or facts. Each season has its own positive and negative attributes that are suitable for different activities. For a family trip to the zoo, the weather would need to be comfortable, and there would need to be less chance of rain. The season that would be best for a zoo visit would be the spring because there are moderate temperatures and less of a chance of rain than in the fall or summer. Winter would likely be too cold for an outdoor trip, and summer would be much too warm.

Example Question #2 : Representing Weather Conditions Through Data

Brittany is planning a week-long beach vacation for herself and her family.

Using the information provided which season would be the WORST to visit the beach and why?

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Possible Answers:

Summer would be the worst season to visit the beach because it rains a lot and is too hot.

Spring is the worst season to visit the beach because the temperatures and rainfall are moderate.

Fall is the worst season to visit the beach because the temperatures are moderate to chilly, and there is quite a bit of rain.

Winter would be the worst season to visit the beach because the temperatures are too low.

Correct answer:

Winter would be the worst season to visit the beach because the temperatures are too low.

Explanation:

The worst season to visit the beach would be during the winter. There is not much rain which could make for a beautiful beach day, but the temperatures would make it very chilly! The average temperature is 53oF, which means there could be even colder days. Choosing summer or even spring would be a much better choice for a week-long beach trip.

Example Question #3 : Representing Weather Conditions Through Data

Richard lives in Tennessee, and the data table below shows the average temperatures throughout the year. The year is split into four seasons. Spring is characterized by cooler temperatures that start to increase as it gets closer to summer. The summer is hot. The fall begins to cool down, and lower temperatures are noticeable as winter approaches. In the wintertime, temperatures are at the lowest, and it is frigid.

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Which months would be classified as spring based on the descriptions provided?

Possible Answers:

March, April, and May

December, January, and February

September, October, and November

June, July, and August

Correct answer:

June, July, and August

Explanation:

The information presented in the data table breaks down the average temperature per month in the area that Richard lives. When reviewing the descriptions of the four seasons, summer is the hottest month, so the months with the highest temperatures match the description. June, July, and August are the months with the most elevated temperatures; therefore, that is the summer season.

Example Question #4 : Representing Weather Conditions Through Data

Richard lives in Tennessee, and the data table below shows the average temperatures throughout the year. The year is split into four seasons. Spring is characterized by cooler temperatures that start to increase as it gets closer to summer. The summer is hot. The fall begins to cool down, and lower temperatures are noticeable as winter approaches. In the wintertime, temperatures are at the lowest, and it is frigid.

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Which months would be classified as fall based on the descriptions provided?

Possible Answers:

December, January, and February

June, July, and August

September, October, and November

March, April, and May

Correct answer:

September, October, and November

Explanation:

Fall is described as a season with decreasing temperatures as winter approaches. The three months that have decreasing temperatures and are right before winter are September, October, and November. The other months are either too warm, or they are increasing in temperature as they approach summer.

Example Question #1 : Display Data In Tables To Describe Weather During A Season

Why are data tables beneficial for displaying and describing the weather during different seasons?

Possible Answers:

Data tables are not beneficial for displaying or describing weather information.

Data tables organize information and make it easier to understand and explain.

Data tables are beneficial because they make the information look more attractive.

Data tables display the answers to questions, so there is less work to be done.

Correct answer:

Data tables organize information and make it easier to understand and explain.

Explanation:

Data tables are a clear way to display information and numbers related to weather and the seasons. The tables organize information for review and make it easier to find the data that someone might be looking for. The data can be used to answer questions, create graphs, and presentations.

Example Question #6 : Representing Weather Conditions Through Data

Antwon is planning a week-long ski trip for his family.

Using the information provided, which months would be the best for him to book the trip?

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Possible Answers:

March, April, and May

December, January, and February

September, October, and November

June, July, and August

Correct answer:

December, January, and February

Explanation:

The information presented in the data table breaks down the average temperature per month in the area that Antwon is going to be vacationing. When reviewing the temperatures of each month, the best months for a ski trip would be December, January, and February. These months are the coldest of the year and more likely to generate snow based on weather conditions during winter.

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