GEMS Correlations with the Florida Sunshine State Standards

Grade Level Expectations and Benchmarks for Science
Grades K–2

Strand H: The Nature of Science


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Standard 1: The student uses the scientific processes and habits of mind to solve problems.

Benchmark SC.H.1.1.1: The student knows that in order to learn, it is important to observe the same things often and compare them.

Kindergarten

1. knows that learning can come from careful observation.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide a Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

First Grade

1. knows that scientific investigations generally work the same way in different places.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Bubble Festival, Involving Dissolving, Liquid Explorations, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science

Second Grade

1. knows the difference between verified observation and personal interpretation.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Bubble Festival, Investigating Artifacts, Liquid Explorations, Mystery Festival, On Sandy Shores, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats

Benchmark SC.H.1.1.2: The student knows that when tests are repeated under the same condition, similar results are usually obtained.

Kindergarten

1. repeats events several times and compares the findings.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Bubble Festival, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Liquid Explorations, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science

First Grade

1. understands the importance of accuracy and repetition in conducting scientific inquiries.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Bubble Festival, Liquid Explorations, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science

Second Grade

1. knows that when tests are repeated under the same condition, similar results are usually obtained.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Bubble Festival, Mystery Festival, On Sandy Shores, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science

Benchmark SC.H.1.1.3: The student knows that in doing science, it is often helpful to work with a team and to share findings with others.

Kindergarten

1. works with a partner or small group to collect information.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

2. shares findings about scientific investigations with others.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

First Grade

1. works with others to complete an experiment or to solve a problem.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

2. listens, records, and compares the ideas and observations of others.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

Second Grade

1. participates in groups to conduct experiments and solve problems.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Liquid Explorations, Mystery Festival, On Sandy Shores, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

2. understands that one can gain confidence in scientific methods by comparing and verifying scientific results with others.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Bubble Festival, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Liquid Explorations, Mystery Festival, On Sandy Shores, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats

Benchmark SC.H.1.1.4: The student knows that people use scientific processes including hypothesis, making inferences, and recording and communicating data when exploring the natural world.

Kindergarten

1. poses questions, seeks answers, draws pictures of observations, and makes decisions using information.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide a Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

First Grade

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides:

1. uses simple graphs, pictures, written statements, and numbers to observe, describe, record, and compare data.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

Second Grade

1. understands that, through the use of science processes, people can solve problems and make decisions.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Bubble Festival, Investigating Artifacts, Liquid Explorations, Mystery Festival, On Sandy Shores, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science

2. analyzes information to make predictions, makes sketches and diagrams to explain ideas, draws conclusions using information and prior knowledge.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Bubble Festival, Investigating Artifacts, Liquid Explorations, Mystery Festival, On Sandy Shores, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

3. keeps science records.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Investigating Artifacts, Liquid Explorations, Mystery Festival, On Sandy Shores, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats

Benchmark SC.H.1.1.5: The student uses the senses, tools, and instruments to obtain information from his or her surroundings.

Kindergarten

1. knows that the five senses (taste, touch, smell, hearing, sight) allow us to take in and respond to information in order to learn about our surroundings.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide a Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

First Grade

1. uses a variety of tools (for example, thermometers, magnifiers, rulers, scales, computers) to identify characteristics of objects.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

2. uses standard (for example, centimeters) and nonstandard units (for example, paper clips, hands, pencils) to measure organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Bubble Festival, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Tree Homes

Second Grade

1. uses a variety of tools to observe, measure, analyze and predict changes in size, mass, temperature, color, position, quantity, sound, and movement.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Bubble Festival, Secret Formulas

2. uses metric and standard English units to measure distance, volume, mass, and temperature.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Bubble Festival, Investigating Artifacts

Standard 2: The student understands that most natural events occur in comprehensible, consistent patterns.

Benchmark SC.H.2.1.1: The student knows that most natural events occur in patterns.


Kindergarten

1. understands that continuous patterns occur in nature (for example, seasons, phases of the Moon, blooming flowers).

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Hide a Butterfly, Ladybugs, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

First Grade

1. uses information gathered to identify patterns in nature to make predictions (for example, shapes of leaves, petals on flowers, rings on seashells).

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Terrarium Habitats

Second Grade

1. knows how to sort organisms, objects, and events based on patterns.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, On Sandy Shores

Standard 3: The student understands that science, technology, and society are interwoven and interdependent.

SC.H.3.1.1: The student knows that scientists and technologists use a variety of tools (e.g., thermometers, magnifiers, rulers, and scales) to obtain information in more detail and to make work easier.

Kindergarten

1. knows some appropriate tools for collecting information and extending the senses.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

First Grade

1. knows that scientists and technologists use a variety of tools (e.g., thermometers, magnifiers, rulers, and scales) to obtain information in more detail and to make work easier.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts

Second Grade

1. knows ways in which tools are used by scientists (for example, to gather information, to analyze, to calculate).

Appropriate GEMS Teacher Guides: Investigating Artifacts, Mystery Festival, On Sandy Shores

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