Acids and Bases—Microscale Chemistry

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Here's proof that small-scale labs lead to big-time learning. Introduce acid-base interactions to middle school scientists through a microscale chemistry lab. Pupils combine a variety of solutions and use indicators to obtain approximate pH values.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate some basic pH knowledge into the lab to increase the rigor
  • Use the lab as in inquiry tool to begin a study of acid-base chemistry
Classroom Considerations

  • Pair students and assign roles if time and/or lab equipment constraints make individual work a challenge

  • Teacher's guide contains extra resources to expand the lesson if needed
  • Student instructions are simple and clearly written
  • The microscale nature of the lab provides for easy set up and clean up

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Common Core