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What's Hiding in the Air?: Acid Rain Activity


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

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What's Hiding in the Air?: Acid Rain Activity

As a model of acid rain, learners water plants with three different solutions: water only, vinegar only, vinegar-water mixture. After a period of days or weeks, learners see the effect acid has on plants and their growth. Activity has references and links to other activities to make this part of a larger lesson or unit.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • bean plants (approximately the same size, planted in separate containers)
  • Vinegar
  • Tap water
  • Vinegar-water mixture in 1 to 3 ratio
  • Masking tape
  • pH paper or indicator
  • Magnifying glasses
  • 1/8 cup measuring cup
  • 1/4 cup measuring cup

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Acids and Bases
      • Solutions
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories


  • Gardening

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Kolenbrander, Amy; Perez, Sharon; 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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