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Actvity Summary: Don’t Try This at Home is an inquiry-based activity focusing on methane hydrates. This activity helps teachers foster a class-wide discussion to form a question and hypothesis and design an experiment to discover what methane hydrates are and how they relate to the gas laws.




  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Energy and matter
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change

  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence

  • ESS1. C The history of the planet Earth
  • ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
  • ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
  • ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
  • ESS3.A Natural Resources
  • ESS3.B Natural Hazards
  • LS2.B Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems
  • PS1.B Chemical reactions
  • PS2.A Forces and motion
  • PS3.B Conservation of energy and energy transfer
  • PS4.B Electromagnetic radiation