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Reasons for Seasons

Criteria: Student can explain via words, models, drawings, or actions . . . Beginning Developing Mastery
The orientation of the Earth and Sun throughout the year.      
How the tilt of the Earth combined with its revolution around the sun affects daylength (photoperiod) and the angle (intensity) of sunlight at in different seasons.      
How differences in photoperiod and angle of sunlight affect seasonal temperatures.      
How daylength varies with latitude during different seasons.      
The characteristics of the solstices and equinoxes in terms of the Earth/Sun orientation, daylength, and angle of the Sun in relation to Earth.      
How and why shadows change over the course of the year.      

Sample Journey North application for Reasons for Seasons Scale