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Activity Overview

After completing their pH scale with single examples, this activity will have students sort different substances into the three categories: Acid, Neutral, and Base. This is a great graphic organizer for students to use as a reference point for the rest of the unit.

To make this activity more challenging, have students research different substances to put in each category instead of providing them with the list included in the instructions. Encourage them to select at least seven of each and try to find ones that are less commonly known. To extend this activity, students can list the substances in order of pH from the most acidic to the most basic.

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 T-Chart storyboard that sorts substances into three categories: acid, neutral, and base.

  1. Sort the following substances into the correct cell as either an acid, neutral substance, or a base.

    • Salt Water
    • Coffee
    • Dish Soap
    • Toothpaste
    • Hydrochloric Acid
    • Drain Cleaner
    • Milk
    • Soda
    • Tomato Juice
    • Bee Sting
    • Oven Cleaner
    • Pure Water
    • Bleach
    • Sodium Hydroxide
    • Vinegar
    • Antacid Tablets
    • Rubbing Alcohol
    • Orange Juice
    • Wasp Sting
    • Lemon Juice
    • Washing Detergent


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

Sorting Assignment
Sort the terms into the correct categories and add visualizations to illustrate them.
33 Points
16 Points
0 Points
Sorting the Terms
Nearly all the terms are correctly sorted into the cells.
Most of the terms are correctly sorted into the cells.
Some of the cells are correctly sorted into the cells.
There are a range of visualizations to illustrate the terms in each category.
There are some visualizations to illustrate the terms in each category.
There are few or no visualizations to illustrate the terms in each category.
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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