Acid Rain & the Environment: Weathering & Erosion

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Acid rain is an important phenomena to understand due to its ability to negatively affect both the natural world and the structures we build. Be it fog, snow, or rain, the phenomena of acid rain can have devastating effects on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

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In this inquiry-based lab activity, students are provided with eight sample materials to test in both water and sulfuric acid. A dilute acid is utilized so students are able to observe acidic effects in a single class period.
The environmental impact of acid rain on both natural and built environments is underscored in this lab exercise. The concept of buffers, or an area of vegetation present on the borders of a body of water, is introduced. Students are encouraged to not only look at the problem of acid rain, but to also examine and value solutions to mitigate harm. This immersive learning experience empowers students to explore the complexities of chemical interactions and their consequences in real-world contexts.

Products being sold are not toys. They are for Educational / Laboratory use only. They are not for use by children 12 and under.

What’s Included

  • 1 bag Marble Chips Calcium Carbonate
  • 1 bag Brick Chips
  • 1 bag Granite Chips
  • 1 bag Limestone Chips
  • 1 bag Sandstone Chips
  • 1 bag Steel Shot
  • 1 bag Copper Shot
  • 1 bag Zinc Shot
  • 3 x 25mL Sulfuric Acid Concentrate (to make 500mL each)
  • 120 Measuring Cups, Disposable


Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A; PS1.B; ESS2.A

Performance Expectations: MS-PS1-2; MS-ESS2-2; HS- ESS2-5; HS-PS1-3

Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns; Scale, Proportion and Quantity; Structure and Function

Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations