Idea Bank: Warming to Global Warming—Sunspots and Sea-Surface Temperature

by: Erich Landstrom

In the problem-based laboratory activity described here, students evaluate the causality of changes on the solar surface in regard to climate change and warming in Earth’s environment. They use graphing calculators and real-time data from the internet to research the possible effects of sunspot activity on ocean temperatures in the Atlantic. The 5E constructivist instructional model—Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate (Bybee 1997)—is used to analyze a false hypothesis linking sea-surface temperature to the Sun.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 4/1/2008Stock # tst08_075_04_62Volume 075Issue 04

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