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Acid Rain Effects


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    Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Acid Rain Effects

Learners conduct a simple experiment to model and explore the harmful effects of acid rain (vinegar) on living (green leaf and eggshell) and non-living (paper clip) objects. Learners observe the effects over a period of days. This activity has links to other activities which can be combined to make a larger lesson. Resource contains vocabulary definitions and suggestions for assessment, extensions, and scaling for different levels of learners.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
4 to 24 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 medium-sized eggshell pieces
  • 2 small green leaves
  • 2 paper clips
  • 2 small- or medium-sized glass jars
  • Masking tape and pen (for labeling containers)
  • Two 1.5-inch strips of wide-range (0-14 pH) litmus paper.
  • Acid Rain Effects Worksheets

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Acids and Bases
      • Solutions
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Kolenbrander, Amy; Yowell, Janet; Mach, Natalie; Schaefer Zarske, Malinda; Carlson, Denise

Source Collection:

  • TeachEngineering

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Regents of the University of Colorado, ©2004

Funding Sources:

  • Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • National Science Foundation, 0226322

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