Red Cabbage Lab: Acids and Bases

Activity Summary
Students use a natural pH indicator derived from red cabbage to detect the pH of various household items. Each group of students will place a small volume of indicator and test substance in a cup to observe a color change. After observing said color change, students will be able to compare their findings to the pH scale to determine whether each substance is an acid, a
base, or neutral.

Grade Levels

Learning Objectives
1. Explain how pH indicators function
2. Describe the differences between acids and bases

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Lesson Plans

pH, indicator, hydrogen ions

Last updated: 3/4/2015

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