Acid Rain Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students about the causes and effects of acid rain with this lesson plan. Start off with an engaging video lesson that defines acid rain, explores its causes, and explains how we measure it and what is being done about it. Discussion questions, activities and a quiz make sure learning sticks.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'acid rain'
  • explain the causes and effects of acid rain
  • describe how acid rain amounts are measured
  • discuss ways to prevent acid rain


1 - 1.5 hours for lesson plus additional time to complete the experiment


  • Vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • Beakers
  • Eggshells
  • Green leaves
  • Paper clips
  • Litmus paper with comparison chart for reading
  • Oranges, cut into pieces
  • Tap water
  • Milk
  • Chart for each student to record predictions and observations of experiment after one day and one week

Key Vocabulary

  • Acid rain
  • pH scale
  • Litmus paper

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

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