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Mystery Class Assessment Tool

Criteria: Student can explain via words, models, drawings, or actions . . . Beginning Developing Mastery
The orientation of the Earth and Sun throughout the year.      
The meaning and characteristics of solstices and equinoxes.      
How photoperiod (day length) varies with latitude during different seasons.      
Why the northern and southern hemispheres have opposite seasons.      
How the tilt of the Earth, combined with its revolution around the sun, affects day length (photoperiod) in different seasons.      

How the tilt of the Earth, combined with its revolution around the sun, affects the angle (intensity) of sunlight in different seasons.

     
How differences in photoperiod and the angle of sunlight affect seasonal temperatures.      
How and why shadows change over the course of the year.      
How and why plants and animals respond to changes in photoperiod over the course of the year.      
Daily cycles: The Earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours. This causes the familiar day and night cycle. Day and night occur at different times around the world.      

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