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Gas Hydrates Lesson Plan

The Promise and Peril of Gas Hydrates                     Alicia Kunkel


NCSS Standards:           

VIII.  Science, Technology, & Society

          b.  Make judgments about science and technology have transformed the physical world and human society and our understanding of time, space, and human-environment interactions.


III.  People, Places, & Environment

k.  propose, compare, and evaluate alternative policies for the use of land and other resources in communites, regions, nations and the world.



Students will:

  1. Prove through a test administered to them by the instructor, their vast knowledge on the importance of further research on gas hydrates.
  2. Participate in a “Jeopardy” like game, in which they will be expected to answer question regarding gas hydrates.


Evaluation/ Assessment:

  1. The  “Jeopardy” game will be assessed by the total number of points earned by a group of students.  The group with the most points at the end of the game will receive 10 extra credit points towards their final grade.
  2. The exam will be evaluated by:
    1. The number of multiple-choice questions answered correctly multiplied by 5.
    2. Each essay questions is worth 20 points.
    3. The essay questions will be assessed on knowledge of the subject and clarity of the answers given.
    4. The test will be worth 65 points total.



This assignment could fit well into both geography or geology course where the students are expected to be able to understand how new technology/ science breakthrough could affect how we live in a society.  This could be used when discussing alternatives to the conventional means of accessing natural resources.



  1. The instructor will present an outline on the overhead projector in which the student is expected to take noted and listen in class.
  2. The students need to participate in discussions and answer questions proposed by the teacher.



  1. What are Gas Hydrates?
  2. How are they formed?
  3. Where can Gas Hydrates be found?
  4. What are the benefits associated with Gas Hydrates?
  5. What problems correlate with Gas Hydrates?


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