GEMS Correlations with the Florida Sunshine State Standards

Grade Level Expectations and Benchmarks for Science
Grades 6–8

Strand G: How Living Things Interact with Their Environment


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Standard 1: The student understands the competitive, interdependent, cyclic nature of living things in the environment.

Benchmark SC.G.1.3.2: The student knows that biological adaptations include changes in structures, behaviors, or physiology that enhance reproductive success in a particular environment.

Seventh Grade

1. knows that biological adaptations include changes in structures, behaviors, or
physiology that enhance reproductive success in a particular environment.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Earthworms, Environmental Detectives, Mapping Animal Movements, Mapping Fish Habitats, Microscopic Explorations, Only One Ocean

Benchmark SC.G.1.3.3: The student understands that the classification of living things is based on a given set of criteria and is a tool for understanding biodiversity and interrelationships.

Sixth Grade

1. understands that living things are sorted for convenience and identification.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Schoolyard Ecology

2. understands that the structural characteristics among animals and plants are more alike as organisms are closer to the same kind or species within a classification level.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Mapping Fish Habitats, Microscopic Explorations, Only One Ocean, Schoolyard Ecology

Seventh Grade


1. knows how to design and use a dichotomous guide to identify organisms based on structural characteristics.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Schoolyard Ecology

Benchmark SC.G.1.3.4: The student knows that the interactions of organisms with each other and with the non-living parts of their environments result in the flow of energy and the cycling of matter throughout the system.

Sixth Grade

1. knows the nonliving (abiotic) and living (biotic) aspects of an ecosystem.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Aquatic Habitats, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Fish Habitats, Only One Ocean, Schoolyard Ecology

2. understands how the components of an ecosystem interact.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Aquatic Habitats, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Fish Habitats, Only One Ocean

3. understands that food chains show specific trophic relationships and food webs are used to illustrate interrelationships of trophic levels.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Environmental Detectives, Mapping Fish Habitats, Only One Ocean

Seventh Grade

1. understands how the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle, water cycle, and nitrogen cycle are important for the survival of organisms.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Fish Habitats

2. knows the interrelationships in a local ecosystem.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Only One Ocean

Benchmark SC.G.1.3.5: The student knows that life is maintained by a continuous input of energy from the sun and by the recycling of the atoms that make up the molecules of living organisms.

Seventh Grade

1. understands ways matter is recycled (for example, water cycle, carbon cycle).

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Fish Habitats

2. knows that life on earth is dependent upon a continuous supply of energy from the sun.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming

3. understands that individual food chains occur within a food web and that both show the flow of energy.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Environmental Detectives

Standard 2: The student understands the consequences of using limited natural resources.

Benchmark SC.G.2.3.1: The student knows that some resources are renewable and others are nonrenewable.

Sixth Grade

1. knows renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Hot Water and Warm Homes From Sunlight

Seventh Grade

1. understands the importance of informed use of natural resources.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Hot Water and Warm Homes From Sunlight, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean

Eighth Grade

1. knows that some resources are renewable and others are nonrenewable.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Hot Water and Warm Homes From Sunlight, Only One Ocean

Benchmark SC.G.2.3.2: The student knows that all biotic and abiotic factors are
interrelated and that if one factor is changed or removed, it impacts the availability of other resources within the system.


Sixth Grade

1. distinguishes between biotic and abiotic factors in the environment.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Aquatic Habitats, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Fish Habitats, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, Schoolyard Ecology

Seventh Grade

1. knows biotic and abiotic components in a small, local area and ways they interact (for example, field, pond).

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming

2. understands the consequences that might result when changes occur in populations.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Fish Habitats, Only One Ocean

3. understands that changes in one part of the ecosystem will affect other parts of the ecosystem.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean

Benchmark SC.G.2.3.3: The student knows that a brief change in the limited resources of an ecosystem may alter the size of a population or the average size of individual organisms and that long-term change may result in the elimination of animal and plant populations inhabiting the Earth.

Sixth Grade

1. understands that changes in the environment may influence the size, number, or diversity of organisms in an area.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Animals in Action, Aquatic Habitats, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Animal Movements, Mapping Fish Habitats, Only One Ocean, Schoolyard Ecology

Seventh Grade

1. knows possible causes for a species to become threatened, endangered, or extinct.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Only One Ocean

Eighth Grade

1. understands that changes in the environment cause changes in populations.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Animal Movements, Mapping Fish Habitats, Only One Ocean

Benchmark SC.G.2.3.4: The student understands that humans are a part of an ecosystem and their activities may deliberately or inadvertently alter the equilibrium in ecosystems.

Sixth Grade

1. understands that humans are a part of an ecosystem and their activities may
deliberately or inadvertently alter the equilibrium in the ecosystem.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Aquatic Habitats, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Animal Movements, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean

Seventh

1. knows ways that human activities may deliberately or inadvertently alter the
equilibrium in the ecosystem.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Animal Movements, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean

Eighth Grade

1. extends and refines knowledge of ways that human activities may deliberately or inadvertently alter the equilibrium in the ecosystem.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Acid Rain, Environmental Detectives, Global Warming, Mapping Animal Movements, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean

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