Lesson Plan: Making Salts by Neutralization Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe a neutralization reaction between an acid and a base.


Students will be able to

  • describe a neutralization reaction using a general word equation,
  • describe the laboratory experiment to form a salt,
  • describe how the pH changes during the neutralization reaction,
  • describe a typical neutralization curve generated by a pH meter,
  • define a salt in terms of positive and negative ions,
  • give examples of salts and list their general properties,
  • explain how the salt produced in neutralizations relates to the acid and base that are used,
  • discuss situations in which neutralization reactions are useful.


Students should already be familiar with

  • foundational knowledge of acids and bases,
  • reactions of acids with oxides,
  • universal indicator and the concept of pH.


Students will not cover

  • the ionic equations associated with neutralization.

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