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Kimberly Dockery


Eva School

Morgan County School System


This podcast explains how scientists study the sun's activity by observing sunspots. The movement of sunspots across the sun's surface proves that our sun rotates on an axis. By observing sunspot minimums and maximums, scientists have discovered that sunspots occur in an 11 year cycle.

Length: 1:53

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

[S1] (6) 10: Describe components of the universe and their relationships to each other, including stars, planets and their moons, solar systems, and galaxies.

National/Other Standards:

National Science Education Standards

Content Standard D

As a result of their activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of objects in the sky.

  • The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.


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