Lesson Plan: Neutralization Reactions Chemistry

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to define and identify a neutralization reaction and how to write and interpret the equations of neutralization reactions.


Students will be able to

  • define a neutralization reaction and identify the names for the species involved: acid, base, and salt,
  • identify the acid, base, and salt from a word or a symbolic chemical equation,
  • write chemical equations for neutralization reactions,
  • recognize that an acid–alkali reaction can be simplified as the reaction of H+ ions with OH ions to form water,
  • describe the general features of a neutralization reaction such as the formation of a salt and water,
  • describe how the pH changes during an experiment,
  • describe the physical changes during a neutralization reaction such as the release of heat.


Students should already be familiar with

  • molar ratios,
  • ionic equations,
  • acidity and basicity.


Students will not cover

  • titration experiments or calculations,
  • weak acid and weak base reactions.

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