Classroom Resources: Acids & Bases

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  • Identifying an Unknown, Acid Base Reactions, Titrations, Molarity | High School

    Lesson Plan: Investigating a Suspicious Drowning with Titrations

    In this lesson, students take on the role of a forensic chemist who is tasked with investigating a suspicious drowning incident. Students will conduct a series of titrations on an evidence sample of water collected from the victim's lungs as well as on several water samples from local water sources (lakes, rivers, wells, etc.) Based on their findings, they will determine where the victim actually drowned.

  • Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Chemical Change, Heat, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic | High School

    Lab: A Comparison of Two Chemical Reactions

    In this lab, students will perform two chemical reactions, one between acetic acid and sodium bicarbonate and the other between the citric acid and the sodium bicarbonate in an Alka-Seltzer tablet when dissolved in water. Both reactions will produce gas while reacting in a closed plastic sandwich bag, causing it to inflate. Students will observe the reactions and analyze the results in order to understand indicators of chemical changes, heat flow, and factors that affect reaction rates

  • History, Acid Base Reactions, Acid & Base Theories, Strong vs Weak, pH | Middle School, High School

    Activity: What are Acids & Bases? Video Questions

    In this lesson, students will watch a video and answer questions about acids and bases. They will learn about characteristics of acids and bases, the pH scale, and the role of acids in biochemistry.

  • Physical Properties, Concentration, Chemical Properties, pH | Middle School

    Activity: Would You Drink it?

    In this activity, students are provided with data regarding the water quality at multiple locations throughout a city. Students will determine which location should be prioritized for cleaning of contaminates. Students will utilize Claim Evidence and Reasoning (CER) to develop a claim that is supported by the data provided.

  • Concentration, Molarity, Net Ionic Equation, Acid & Base Theories, Titrations, Indicators, Strong vs Weak, Buffers | High School

    Lesson Plan: Acids and Bases Unit Plan

    The AACT high school classroom resource library and multimedia collection has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. We constructed a unit plan using AACT resources that is designed to teach the topic of acids and bases to your students.

  • Reduction, Stoichiometry, Redox Reaction, Titrations, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Oxidation Number | High School

    Lesson Plan: Redox Reactions & Titrations

    This lesson students will review oxidation states, half-reactions, balancing reactions and understand how to complete calculations and perform a redox titration.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Acid Base Reactions, Chemical Change | Middle School, High School

    Lab: How do Sinkholes Form?

    In this lab students will learn how acidic groundwater reacts with limestone, causing it to erode. Sinkholes form when eroded limestone underneath the surface of the earth can no longer support the ground above it. Students will test how acid reacts with a variety of rocks and determine which rocks would be best to build a city on top of in order to reduce the chance of sinkholes forming.

  • History, Acid & Base Theories, Strong vs Weak | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Acid & Base Guys Video Questions

    In this activity, students will watch a video about the history of acids and bases. They will learn about the evolution of these theories, from Lavoisier to Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, and Lewis.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Indicators | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: Explorations of Baking Soda and Vinegar

    In this lesson, students complete a series of simple lab experiments to better understand chemical reactions as well as differentiate between chemical change and physical change. Students will also be introduced to the pH scale, and have the opportunity to understand how chemical reactions can be used in real-world scenarios.

  • Net Ionic Equation, Indicators, Strong vs Weak, Salts | High School

    Lab: Hydrolysis of Salts

    In this lab, students will observe the hydrolysis of several salt samples. They will first predict which solutions are acidic, basic or neutral, and then discover the pH of each through the use of indicators. Students will share and compile their experimental results, as well as have an opportunity to determine the net-ionic equations for each reaction.

  • Concentration, Acid & Base Theories | High School

    Lesson Plan: Calculating pH, A Look at Logarithms

    In this lesson, students will be introduced to a base-10 logarithmic scale and use it to calculate pH from hydrogen ion concentration. Often students are able to calculate pH by pushing the correct buttons on their calculators, but they don’t understand what the values mean. This lesson attempts to bridge that gap using a guided inquiry model.

  • Strong vs Weak, Equilibrium Constants, Salts | High School

    Lesson Plan: Categorizing, Calculating and Applying Concepts from Weak Acids, Weak Bases and Salts

    In this lesson students will write dissociation reactions to make connections between conjugate acid-base pairs. They will use beaker diagrams in a cooperative group activity to better understand why the pH calculation for a weak acid/base is not the same for a strong acid/base. Finally, students will apply these concepts in a lab in which they will identify several unknown, clear, colorless solutions using factors such as pH, conductivity and reactivity. The activities in this lesson can be used in sequence or as standalone activities.

  • Acid & Base Theories, Buffers | High School

    Lesson Plan: Preparation and Evaluation of Buffers

    In this lesson students will use multiple methods to calculate and prepare buffered solutions with a desired pH. Upon preparation of the solutions, the students will explore differing aspects of buffers including buffering capacity and predominant form.

  • Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate, Acid Base Reactions, Chemical Change | Middle School

    Lab: Bath Bomb Chemistry!

    In this lab, the students will work in cooperative groups to investigate how to make a scented, effervescent bath bomb and explore the chemistry needed to create them. Groups will test a variety of different variables in order to compare the reaction rate of each sample. Students will use the results to determine which variables are optimal for making and using bath bombs.

  • Interdisciplinary, Indicators | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Exhaling Acid

    In this lab students will observe how increased carbon dioxide levels lead to a build-up of acidic conditions.

  • Indicators | High School

    Lab: Exploring the Properties of Acids and Bases

    In this lab, students will rotate through five stations. They will explore the properties of many household substances and discover a few properties of acids and bases.

  • Acid Base Reactions, Stoichiometry, Percent Composition, Titrations, Indicators | High School

    Lab: The Egg-straordinary Issue

    In this lab students will determine the percent composition of calcium carbonate contained in an eggshell by using a back titration in order to address a farmer’s concerns about his hen’s fragile eggs. Two versions of the student lab are included, a scripted version, and an inquiry version.

  • Concentration, Molarity, Titrations, Indicators | High School

    Demonstration: How to Perform a Titration

    In this demonstration, the teacher will show how a titration is set-up and performed. Also, the teacher will utilize different indicators to show how they work and why they are necessary. At the end of the demonstration, the teacher will also explain how to calculate the molarity of the unknown substance.

  • Solubility, Molecular Structure, Buffers | High School

    Lab: Aspirin Tablets: Are they all the Same?

    In this lab, students will design an experiment to test the time and completeness of dissolution of various types of aspirin in different pH environments.

  • Identifying an Unknown, Indicators | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Indicators of Acids and Bases

    In this lab, students will use various indicators to identify unknown (clear) solutions as acidic, basic, or neutral.

  • Acid Base Reactions, Stoichiometry, Limiting Reactant | High School

    Lab: Fizzy Drink

    In this lab, students will learn the properties of acid and bases while applying the principles of stoichiometry to calculate the amount of base needed to neutralize an acid completely and produce a bubbly drink.

  • Indicators | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Cellular Respiration and pH

    In this lab, students learn how a pH indicator can be used to detect the presence of CO2 when they exhale.

  • Buffers | High School

    Activity: What are Buffers?

    In this activity, students will complete a card sort that will allow them to understand what makes up a buffer solution and how it works to keep pH from changing.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Acid, Acid Base Reactions, Chemical Change | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: The Chemistry of Eggs

    In this lesson students will learn that vinegar can react with the Calcium in an egg shell to make it rubbery. First, the students will listen to the teacher read a book about eggs. The teacher will then put an egg in a jar with vinegar and let it set for two days. Students will make a prediction about what they think will happen to the egg, and then together they will investigate the final results.

  • History, Acid & Base Theories, Strong vs Weak | Middle School, High School

    Video: Acid & Base Guys Video

    This video tells the story of how the definition of acids and bases has evolved from Lavoisier, to Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, and Lewis.

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