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Grade 3 Oceanography and Hydrology
What process is described below?

When water from Earth evaporates and rises into the air, cools and condenses forming a cloud, and falls to the ground as precipitation and accumulates into lakes, rivers, or oceans.
  1. Physical Changes
  2. Heat Energy
  3. Matter
  4. Water Cycle
Grade 3 Earth's Layers
The crust is the hottest layer of Earth.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 3 Environmental Science
The main energy source for Earth is/are                .
  1. rivers
  2. the Sun
  3. the Moon
  4. volcanoes
Grade 3 Oceanography and Hydrology
A salty body of water that covers a LARGE area is called an         ocean        .
Grade 3 Atmosphere
What is precipitation?
  1. A collection of tiny water drops seen in the air.
  2. Water that falls to the ground from the atmosphere.
  3. Layers of gases and dust that surrounds Earth.
  4. The measurement of how hot or how cold something is.
Grade 3 Environmental Science
A nonrenewable resource is                .
  1. the Sun
  2. coal
  3. the trees
Grade 3 Earth's Layers
The diagram shows the layers of Earth.

Layers Of The Earth

What is layer D called?
  1. crust
  2. mantle
  3. inner core
  4. outer core
Grade 3 Soil
Why is soil so important?
  1. Provides food and support for plants
  2. Eaten by animals
  3. Eaten by people
  4. Keeps Earth clean
Grade 3 Earth's Layers
What does the diagram represent?
Layers Of The Earth
  1. layers of Earth
  2. layers of the Sun
  3. layers of the Moon
  4. layers of the atmosphere
Grade 3 Atmosphere
Which word better matches the sentence?

This is the layer of gases that surrounds Earth.
  1. weather
  2. atmosphere
Grade 3 Environmental Science
Examples of nonrenewable resources are
  1. animals, such as fish.
  2. coal, natural gas, oil, fossil fuels, minerals.
  3. sun, wind, water.
  4. none of the above.
Grade 3 Atmosphere
The                 at Earth's surface determines the form of precipitation.
  1. water cycle
  2. condensation
  3. temperature
Grade 3 Environmental Science
The energy from the Sun is a                 resource.
  1. renewable
  2. reusable
  3. nonrenewable
Grade 3 Soil
          Topsoil           is the upper layer of soil on the surface of Earth that is dark in color and has the smallest particles.
Grade 3 Oceanography and Hydrology
The movement of water back and forth between air and earth is called the                .
  1. condensation
  2. water cycle
  3. evaporation
Grade 3 Geomorphology
A piece of land that is surrounded by water is
  1. a peninsula.
  2. a bay.
  3. an island.
  4. a plain.
Grade 3 Earth's Layers
The inner core is the coldest part of Earth.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 3 Environmental Science
Energy from the Sun is a                 resource.
  1. renewable
  2. nonrenewable
Grade 3 Atmosphere
Which word better fits the sentence?

Energy from                 heats the ground.
  1. the Sun
  2. the wind
Grade 3 Environmental Science
What are solar panels used for?
  1. to block the Sun's dangerous rays
  2. to create light energy from the Sun
  3. to create heat energy from the Sun
  4. to create electrical energy from the Sun
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