Wolf Ridge

Acid Rain

Environmental Issues
| 4th Grade - Adult
| Half Day 3 hrs
| Easy


Students will learn about basic atmospheric chemistry and the pH scale. After testing household substances in a lab-like setting, they will visit a precipitation monitoring site and gather and test outdoor samples for acidity.  Experiments with natural and man-made buffers will lead students to evaluate their personal roles in the water cycle.


Upon completion of the Acid Rain class, students will be able to:

  • Identify 3 causes and 3 effects of acid rain.
  • Understand the pH scale and the relative strengths of acids and bases.
  • Use pH meters to test samples.
  • Describe the role of soil buffering in natural systems.
  • Trace the effects of acidification in aquatic systems.
  • Propose practical solutions to the acid rain problem and adopt personal lifestyle changes that reflect increased concern for the environment.