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Activity

Baking soda and vinegar

Summary: 
A basic acid-base reaction produces a gas.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Chemistry: States of Matter, Properties of Materials (K-7)
Chemistry: Atoms, Molecules (3-7)
Chemistry: Chemical Changes (2, 7)
Materials: 
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • tub to contain the reaction
  • optional: molecule models of the reaction - need 2 Hs, one C and 3 Os per group
    Procedure: 

    Mix the baking soda and vinegar - this may be a familiar reaction to some. It makes bubbles of gas.
    Tell students the chemical reaction that produces the gas, or give students molecule models of the starting molecules and they figure out what the products are (tell them one product is water if necessary):
    HCO3 (baking soda, or base) + H (vinegar, or acid) -> H2O (water) + CO2 (carbon dioxide gas)

    The molecule models can be purchased, or made from modelling clay and toothpicks.

    This reaction is the basis of many science activities, including setting off rockets and making food.

    Grades taught: 
    Gr K
    Gr 1
    Gr 3
    Gr 4
    Gr 5
    Gr 7
    Teacher: 
    Ingrid
    Scott Malin
    Teaching site: 
    CAGIS (Canadian Association for Girls in Science)
    General Gordon Elementary Science Club
    Tyee Elementary