GEMS Correlations with the Florida Sunshine State Standards

Grade Level Expectations and Benchmarks for Science
Grades 3-5

Strand C: Force and Motion


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Standard 1: The student understands that types of motion may be described, measured, and predicted.

Benchmark SC.C.1.2.1: The student understands that the motion of an object can be described and measured.

Fifth Grade

1. uses scientific tools (for example, stopwatch, meter stick, compass) to measure speed, distance, and direction of an object.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Moons of Jupiter

Benchmark SC.C.1.2.2: The student knows that waves travel at different speeds through different materials.


Fourth Grade

1. understands that waves behave differently in different media (for example, water, a wall, the atmosphere, a vacuum).

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Bubble Festival, Hot Water and Warm Homes From Sunlight

Fifth Grade

1. knows that waves travel at different speeds through different materials.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Hot Water and Warm Homes From Sunlight

Standard 2: The student understands that the types of force that act on an object and the effect of that force can be described, measured, and predicted.

Benchmark SC.C.2.2.4: The student knows that the motion of an object is determined by the overall effect of all of the forces acting on the object.

Fifth Grade

1. knows that motion in space is different from motion on Earth due to changes in gravitational force and friction.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Messages From Space, Moons of Jupiter

2. understands how inertia, gravity, friction, mass, and force affect motion.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Messages From Space, Moons of Jupiter, Ocean Currents

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