Actvity Summary: Like a Bolt from the Blue demonstrates the chemical formation of methane hydrates deep below the world’s oceans.

Utilizing a series of clathrate structures, the poster reveals new windows of scientific research currently being performed in the complex study of gas hydrates. By visualizing the face of each clathrate structure through an image, the poster simplifies chemical concepts, enabling students to learn chemistry fundamentals, including temperature conversions, balancing equations, molecular structures, and gas laws. The poster works discussion questions into each caption, allowing teachers to transition into the challenging activities provided on the back of the poster.

  • Standard B: Science as inquiry
  • Standard C: Physical science
  • Standard E: Earth and space science
  • Standard F: Science and technology

  • Cause and effect
  • Energy and matter
  • Stability and change

  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

  • 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
  • PS1.A Structure of matter
  • PS1.B Chemical reactions
  • PS2.A Forces and motion
  • PS3.D Energy in chemical processes and everyday life

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