Lesson Plan: Redox Reactions Chemistry

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to identify redox reactions and write ionic equations to describe electron transfer between oxidants and reductants.


Students will be able to

  • explain reduction and oxidation in terms of gain or loss of electrons,
  • understand that oxidation does not have to involve oxygen,
  • define redox in terms of electron transfer (OILRIG) and reduction and oxidation happening at the same time, hence red-ox,
  • identify which species are oxidized and which are reduced from simple ionic and molecular equations,
  • explain the concept of oxidizing and reducing agent—a substance which oxidizes another substance or reduces another substance during a redox reaction,
  • identify oxidizing agents and reducing agents from simple equations,
  • write overall net ionic equations for redox reactions including state symbols.


Students should already be familiar with

  • ions,
  • ionic equations.


Students will not cover

  • determining oxidation states,
  • half-equations.

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