GEMS Correlations with the Florida Sunshine State Standards

Grade Level Expectations and Benchmarks for Science
Grades 6–8

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.1.3.1: The student knows that the motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed.

Sixth Grade

1. knows that a change in motion and position can be measured.

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2. knows ways to measure time intervals.

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3. knows ways to estimate speed.

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Seventh Grade

1. knows that the motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed.

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Eighth Grade

1. knows that speed, velocity, and acceleration can be calculated, estimated, and defined.

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Benchmark SC.C.1.3.2: The student knows that vibrations in materials set up wave disturbances that spread away from the source (e.g., sound and earthquake waves).

Sixth Grade

3. knows some causes and effects of waves.

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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.2.3.1: The student knows that many forces (e.g., gravitational, electrical, and magnetic) act at a distance (e.g., without contact).

Seventh Grade

1. knows the properties of forces.

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Eighth Grade

1. knows that many forces act at a distance.

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Benchmark SC.C.2.3.3: The student knows that if more than one force acts on an object, then the forces can reinforce or cancel each other, depending on their direction and magnitude.

Sixth Grade

1. recognizes the result of several forces acting on an object.

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Eighth Grade

1. recognizes the forces that act on a given object.

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3. knows that forces may be balanced or unbalanced.

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Benchmark SC.C.2.3.5: The student understands that an object in motion will continue at a constant speed and in a straight line until acted upon by a force and that an object at rest will remain at rest until acted upon by a force.

Sixth Grade

1. knows that an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force.

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2. knows objects in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.

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Eighth Grade

1. understands that an object in motion will continue at a constant speed and in a straight line until acted upon by a force and that an object at rest will remain at rest until acted upon by a force.

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Benchmark SC.C.2.3.7: The student knows that gravity is a universal force that every mass exerts on every other mass.

Sixth Grade

1. knows that gravity is a force that causes an object to fall to the ground.

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Seventh Grade

2. knows that gravity is a force that holds the Solar System together.

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Eighth Grade

1. knows that gravity is a universal force that every mass exerts on every other mass.

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