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Chemistry Lessons Acids and Bases | Paper and Digital

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Learn about how acids and bases are measured using the pH scale and indicators with this low-prep lesson, reading passage, and activities as part of your classroom chemistry unit. Learn about how acids and bases are found throughout nature and why scientists test for pH levels. Everything you need is included except for a few materials to experiment with (listed below).

This resource is included in our Grade 5 Alberta Science Bundle. This resource is part of our Chemistry Bundle.

This hands-on resource includes:

  • a complete lesson plan that includes everything you need to prepare, teach and assess whether or not your students can use an indicator to determine if a liquid is acidic, basic, or neutral including opportunities to differentiate for your students.
  • student pages and handouts in a variety of formats.
  • a reading passage.
  • teacher annotations for the reading passage.
  • student templates.
  • answer keys and suggested answers.
  • photographs of student examples.
  • background information for the teacher.
  • a digital version of all the student pages. This version has loose text which can be read by assistive technology.

To do the experiment included with this lesson you will need a red cabbage to prepare for red cabbage juice. You will also need a variety of household liquids to test during the experiment. This could include lemon juice, bleach, water, vinegar, or baking soda.

This resource aligns with:

  • the Alberta Program of Studies Grade 5 Classroom Chemistry

This resource supports:

  • any basic chemistry unit.
  • any lesson about acids and bases.

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