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Activity Overview

A chemical reaction takes place when we combine an acid and a base. This reaction is called neutralization and the equation is: acid + base → salt + water. For example, if we mix hydrochloric acid with sodium hydroxide, they will react and produce sodium chloride and water. There are many examples where this is useful. If a stomach produces an excess of acid, this can cause indigestion. Taking medication, such as milk of magnesia (which is basic), can neutralize the acid and relieve the discomfort.

In this activity, students will identify and create illustrations for the practical applications of neutralization. Have students use books and the internet to research these and then display them in a spider map. They can support their writing with visual elements.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a spider map displaying four practical uses of neutralization.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the titles, identify each practical use.
  3. Write a sentence summarizing each one in the description boxes.
  4. Create an illustration for the application using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Real World Applications
Think of real world examples of the concept. Produce a visualization to illustrate the real world example of the concept.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
There are at least four cells, each giving a real world example.
There are at least two cells, each giving a real world example.
There is a least one cell giving a real world example.
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the real world examples.
The storyboard cell relates to the real world example, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the real world example.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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