SC.5.P.13.1

Identify familiar forces that cause objects to move, such as pushes or pulls, including gravity acting on falling objects.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 5
Body of Knowledge: Physical Science
Idea: Level 1: Recall
Big Idea: Forces and Changes in Motion - A. It takes energy to change the motion of objects.

B. Energy change is understood in terms of forces--pushes or pulls.

C. Some forces act through physical contact, while others act at a distance.

Clarification for grades K-5: The target understanding for students in the elementary grades should focus on Big Ideas A, B, and C.

Clarification for grades 6-8: The target understanding for students in grades 6-8 should begin to transition the focus to a more specific definition of forces and changes in motion. Net forces create a change in motion. A change in momentum occurs when a net force is applied to an object over a time interval.

Grades 9-12, Standard 12: Motion - A. Motion can be measured and described qualitatively and quantitatively. Net forces create a change in motion. B. Momentum is conserved under well-defined conditions. A change in momentum occurs when a net force is applied to an object over a time interval.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Content Complexity Rating: Level 1: Recall - More Information
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes
Test Item Specifications
  • Item Type(s): This benchmark may be assessed using: MC item(s)
  • Also Assesses
    SC.3.E.5.4 Explore the Law of Gravity by demonstrating that gravity is a force that can be overcome.

    SC.4.P.8.4 Investigate and describe that magnets can attract magnetic materials and attract and repel other magnets

  • Clarification :
    Students will identify familiar forces that affect how objects move.

    Students will identify scenarios whereby gravity is overcome.

    Students will identify and/or describe examples of magnetic attraction and repulsion.
  • Content Limits :
    Items assessing familiar forces are limited to pushes, pulls, friction, gravity, and magnetic force.

    Items may only require the interpretation of two forces at a time.

    Items referring to friction will only assess the force of friction as a resistance to movement.

    Items that assess magnetic attraction will not use the context of separating mixtures and solutions.
  • Stimulus Attributes :
    None specified
  • Response Attributes :
    None specified
  • Prior Knowledge :
    Items may require the student to apply science knowledge described in the NGSSS from lower grades. This benchmark requires prerequisite knowledge from SC.K.E.5.1, SC.K.P.13.1, SC.1.E.5.2, SC.1.P.13.1, SC.2.P.13.1, SC.2.P.13.2, SC.2.P.13.3, and SC.2.P.13.4.
Sample Test Items (1)
  • Test Item #: Sample Item 1
  • Question: Bar magnets have a north pole (N) and a south pole (S). Latrisha places a bar magnet on three small straws so that it can roll. Her setup is shown below.

    Placing which of the following objects at point X will cause the bar magnet to move away from point X?
  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: MC: Multiple Choice

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020060: Science - Grade Five (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7720060: Access Science Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
5020120: STEM Lab Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.5.P.13.In.1: Distinguish between movement of an object caused by gravity and movement caused by pushes and pulls.
SC.5.P.13.Su.1: Recognize that gravity causes an object to move.
SC.5.P.13.Pa.1: Recognize that pushing or pulling makes an object move.

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Explore different kinds of forces, including pushes, pulls, magnetism, gravity, and friction in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Virtual Manipulatives

A Pendulum:

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Type: Virtual Manipulative

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Type: Virtual Manipulative

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Play with objects on a teeter totter to learn about balance.

  • Predict how objects of various masses can be used to make a plank balance.
  • Predict how changing the positions of the masses on the plank will affect the motion of the plank
  • Write rules to predict which way plank will tilt when objects are placed on it.
  • Use your rules to solve puzzles about balancing.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Explore the forces:


Students can create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. They can also make changes in friction and see how it affects the motion of objects.

  • Identify when forces are balanced vs. unbalanced.
  • Determine the sum of forces (net force) on an object with more than one force on it.
  • Predict the motion of an object with zero net force.
  • Predict the direction of motion given a combination of forces.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

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The Mystery of Tiny Algal Spores:

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Virtual Manipulatives

A Pendulum:

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Type: Virtual Manipulative

Friction (at Molecular Workbench):

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Type: Virtual Manipulative

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Play with objects on a teeter totter to learn about balance.

  • Predict how objects of various masses can be used to make a plank balance.
  • Predict how changing the positions of the masses on the plank will affect the motion of the plank
  • Write rules to predict which way plank will tilt when objects are placed on it.
  • Use your rules to solve puzzles about balancing.

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Explore the forces:


Students can create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. They can also make changes in friction and see how it affects the motion of objects.

  • Identify when forces are balanced vs. unbalanced.
  • Determine the sum of forces (net force) on an object with more than one force on it.
  • Predict the motion of an object with zero net force.
  • Predict the direction of motion given a combination of forces.

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