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STAAR Science Grade 5 2017 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

Grade 5
Science (2017)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Measures 17 skills from
Grade 5
Science (2017)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

5.7b
5.9c
5.6b
5.9b
5.8c
5.10a
5.5b
5.9a
5.6a
5.7a
5.10b
5.6c
5.5a
5.6d
5.5c
5.9d
5.8b

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  • Q1
    Monahans Sandhills State Park in Texas has almost 4,000 acres of sand dunes. Some of the dunes are as tall as a six-story building. The dunes in the park are formed by —
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    strong winds
    rainstorms
    tornadoes
    earthquakes
    60s
    5.7b
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  • Q2
    Fertilizers used on farms near the coast can be carried to the ocean when runoff occurs during rain showers. These fertilizers can decrease the populations of fish and shellfish. Which other populations most likely decrease as a result?
    Organisms that live on farms
    Organisms that eat algae
    Organisms that eat fish and shellfish
    All of these
    60s
    5.9c
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  • Q3
    A student records the following information about a planet. Which planet is the student studying?
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    Uranus
    Mars
    Saturn
    Jupiter
    60s
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  • Q4
    The diagram shows an electric circuit with four bells that a student plans to build. When the student connects the wires as shown, which of the bells will ring?
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    Bells 1, 2, 3, and 4
    Bells 3 and 4 only
    Bells 1 and 4 only
    Bell 1 only
    60s
    5.6b
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  • Q5
    Many desert animals depend on the prickly pear cactus. What role does the prickly pear cactus play in a desert food web?
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    It returns nutrients to the soil.
    It preys upon other organisms.
    It obtains energy from producers.
    It provides energy to consumers.
    60s
    5.9b
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  • Q6
    In an investigation hot water is poured into a clear plastic cup. Another clear plastic cup is placed upside down over the cup of hot water. Which of these is likely to occur during the next three minutes?
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    Water from the bottom cup will become solid as the hot water cools.
    Water droplets will form on the inside of the top cup as the water vapor cools.
    The hot water will become hotter because air and heat are trapped in the top cup.
    The water level will rise in the bottom cup because of evaporation.
    60s
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  • Q7
    Which of these best explains why the sun appears to move across the sky each day?
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    60s
    5.8c
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  • Q8
    The table gives information about four types of fish. These fish all have mouth structures that allow them to eat different types of food. Which of these fish has mouth structures that allow it to eat algae by taking large bites of the hard coral on which the algae grows?
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    Parrotfish
    Koi
    Seahorse
    Goby
    60s
    5.10a
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  • Q9
    Some buildings and homes are heated by energy produced from an alternative to fossil fuels. Which of these is an example of a building or home heated using an alternative energy source?
    A home heated by energy generated by a hydroelectric dam
    A home heated by energy produced from a coal power plant in a city
    A building that has furnaces powered by natural gas
    A building that has emergency electric generators that run on gasoline
    60s
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  • Q10
    The two pictures show part of an investigation. A magnet, a book, and a paper clip are on a sheet of lined paper. In Picture 1 a student slides a magnet closer to the book. The student holds the book still in both pictures. Which statement about this investigation can be supported by the result shown?
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    Work was done on the magnet only.
    Work was done on the magnet and the paper clip only
    Work was done on the magnet and the book only
    Work was done on the magnet, the book, and the paper clip.
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  • Q11
    A student fills two identical beakers with the same volume of water. The student places one beaker in a freezer and the other beaker on a hot plate. After 5 minutes the student observes that the temperature of the water in the freezer is 19°C and the temperature of the water on the hot plate is 42°C. Which statement best describes the relationship between the two beakers of water and the freezing and boiling points of water?
    The temperature of the water on the hot plate is closer to the boiling point than the temperature of the water in the freezer is to the freezing point.
    The temperature of the water in the freezer is closer to the freezing point than the temperature of the water on the hot plate is to the boiling point.
    The temperature of the water on the hot plate must increase 58°C before it boils, and the temperature of the water in the freezer must decrease 32°C before it freezes.
    The temperature of the water in the freezer must decrease 19°C before it freezes, and the temperature of the water on the hot plate must increase 170°C before it boils.
    60s
    5.5b
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  • Q12
    Green anole lizards are bright-green reptiles native to the southeastern United States and the Caribbean islands. They can be kept in terrariums to study their behavior and how they interact with their environment.Which observation describes this anole lizard interacting with the living elements in its environment?
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    The anole jumped from the rock and scattered sand with its tail.
    The anole climbed the plant and then ate a cricket off one of the leaves.
    The anole rested on one of the rocks and lifted its head toward the light.
    The anole drank some water and then ran across the sand.
    60s
    5.9a
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  • Q13
    The toy oven shown uses a lightbulb to bake small cakes. What types of energy does the toy oven use to bake the cakes?
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    Mechanical and electrical
    Thermal and mechanical
    Electrical and thermal
    Light and sound
    60s
    5.6a
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  • Q14
    Which list contains only processes that must occur in order for fossil fuels to form?
    Erosion, burial, earthquakes
    Organism growth, burial, compaction
    Organism growth, burial, volcanic eruptions
    Formation of faults, burial, glacier formation
    60s
    5.7a
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  • Q15
    A group of students visited a park and collected leaves from many different trees in order to study them. They recorded their observations about the leaves. Which of these observations does NOT describe an inherited trait?
    Mechanical and electrical
    Light and sound
    Electrical and thermal
    Thermal and mechanical
    60s
    5.10b
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  • Q16
    This photograph shows a girl using a lab instrument during an investigation on light. A teacher asks the other students in the class to look carefully at the girl’s eye and give reasons for its appearance. Which table correctly identifies the reasons for the appearance of the girl’s eye through the lab instrument?
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    60s
    5.6c
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  • Q17
    A student studying East Africa reads these facts about the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The student thinks that parts of Texas are probably similar to the Serengeti. Based on the following descriptions, which of these Texas animals would be least likely to live in the Serengeti’s grasslands?
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  • Q18
    A student is asked to design a sleeve for a cup that will insulate thermal energy and not feel hot to the touch when the cup is filled with hot liquid.The student has four materials to choose from. Which of these materials is least useful as an insulator?
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    Aluminum
    Plastic
    Cardboard
    Rubber
    60s
    5.5a
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  • Q19
    The diagrams show two trials of an experiment in which a spring scale was used to measure force. This experiment can be used to determine —
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    how the mass of a box of marbles affects the mass of a dictionary
    how the force used to pull a dictionary affects the mass of a box of marbles
    how mass affects the force needed to move objects
    how force affects the mass of two objects
    60s
    5.6d
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  • Q20
    The size and shape of a delta can change over time.The size and shape of this delta over time are NOT likely to be changed by —
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    the amount and size of sediments carried by the river and streams
    the number and height of tides along the shore
    the amount of hunting and fishing in the delta
    the number and size of waves from the ocean that reach the shore
    60s
    5.7b
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