ACID RAIN RESEARCH PROJECT
This project is a culminating activity for the Chemistry section of the Grade 10
You are expected to work in groups of 3 and carry out an extensive research on
acid rain. Your research would be conducted through out the chemistry unit and
you would be asked to give a progress report every week.
Group Members: 1. ____________________ 2. _______________________
Submission date: _________________________________________________
Your group has been hired to investigate acid rain. You will take on the role of a
Chemist, Ecologist, Health Scientist, Economist or Politician and examine the
issues from that perspective.
Your group will research and investigate the problems caused by acid rain and
recommend ways that these problems can be alleviated.
Use the questions appearing under each role to assist you in your research.
What is acid rain?
What chemicals make rain acidic, and how does it happen?
Where do these chemical come from?
How do we measure the acidity of rain?
What is ph?
Describe the pH range and list various things that correspond to the
various pH levels.
What is the pH of normal rain, and at what level does the pH become
What effect does acid rain have on trees and soil?
How does the effect of acid rain on trees and soil affect us?
What happens when lakes and aquatic systems become acidic?
How does acidic water systems affect us?
Are the aquatic systems in our area being affected by acid rain? If
yes, to what extent?
What are the danger signs of the effect of acid rain on aquatic
How does acid rain affect humans?
What are some of the direct effects of acid rain on humans? Are
there any health problems associated with acid rain?
What are some of the indirect effects of acid rain on humans? Does
acid rain affect our sources of food, water, and air.
What are the consequences of the effects of acid rain on people?
Does acid rain affect building materials?
Does acid rain have an effect on architecture?
What does acid rain do to our roads, highways, and bridges?
What is the effect of acid rain on things made from metal such as
automobiles, trains, buses, and other means of transportation?
What does the effect of acid rain cost us in terms of money?
What are the economic consequences of acid rain on fisheries,
forestry, and agriculture?
Should we push for legislations that reduces acid rain?
Does acid rain originate outside our borders?
Should we work with governments of neighboring countries to get
them to pass legislation related to acid rain?
Will acid rain legislation on industries affect the price consumers pay
for goods produced by these industries?
If we pass legislation on industries, how flexible can we be on
timelines for their compliance?
Feel free to investigate other questions associated with these roles that are of
interest to you.
In your group of 3, you are to each choose one of the above roles for
investigation, as well as investigate a fourth role as a group.
Your final product for submission will consist of 2 parts.
Part 1 – Report
While you collect research in the 4 areas you have chosen, it is expected that
you will be making notes, summarizing information, and recording where you
found the information. You will have to submit this information in some sort of
binding (duotang, spiral binding, etc). Your submission should be broken up into
5 sections – 1 for each area of research, and a works cited sections. This must
be completed in the APA format.
At the beginning of your report, you must also include a log indicating when your
group met (perhaps as a calendar), who research which individual roles, and who
contribute what information to the group research.
Part 2 – Presentation of your choice!
For the area that you researched as a group, you will create a detailed
presentation on Acid Rain from that point of view. This can be in the form of a
presentation (PowerPoint, commercial, skit) information display board, brochure,
or another form approved by your teacher. The presentation should contain
pictures, graphs/charts and/or a video to keep the presentation interesting and
captivating. Each presentation should include an explanation of how the topic is
related to acid rain.
Sources of Information:
Sources of information may include libraries, newspapers and magazines,
internet, television and documentary videos, and interviews or written materials
obtained from local utilities or industries. Check out Environment Canada and the
Department of Environment and Public Safety for more information on the topic.
There will be an individual as well as a group mark associated for each project.
SNC 2D Group member
CHEM Culminating – Acid Rain Research Project
This rubric is subject to minor changes at the Knowledge/Understanding
Criteria Remedial Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
A1.3 – Identify and locate print, Nothing 1 source is used Less than three types of Three types of sources are Three or more types of sources are used.
electronic and human sources that submitted for all the sources are used. used. Less than two examples For 3 of those types, there are 2 examples
are relevant to research questions information. of each are used of each.
A1.7 – Select, organize and record Nothing Information is A proper works cited is A proper works cited is A proper works cited is submitted for each
relevant information on research submitted referenced, but it submitted for most of the submitted for each source of source of information. It is in APA format
topics from various sources, lacks organization sources of information. information.
including electronic, prim, and/or or form
human sources, using recommended
formats and an accepted form of
A1.11 – Communicate ideas, plans, The presentation The presentation The presentation was not The presentation was The presentation was GREAT. It included a
procedures, results, and conclusions was not done was too brief, very engaging. It involved interesting. It included wide variety of means to get the information
orally, in writing, and/or in electronic seemed to lack some reading off papers. diagrams, people speaking and across
presentations, using appropriate preparation information in other formats
language and a variety of formats
C1.1 – Analyze, on the basis of The presentation The presentation The presentation A lot of good information is The presentation was very informative and
research, various safety and was not done seriously lacked addressed information in a presented regarding the topic captivating.
environmental issues associated with information superficial manner. It of Acid Rain and its effects on
chemical reactions and their lacked detail the environment
reactants and/or products
C2.1 – Use appropriate terminology The presentation Key terminology Key terminology related to Key terminology related to acid Key terminology related to acid rain was
related to chemical reactions was not done related to acid rain acid rain was rarely used rain was often used correctly always used correctly
was never used
C2.2 – Construct molecular models There is no The presentation The presentation included The presentation included a The presentation included some diagrams
to illustrate the structure of molecules diagram of a included a diagram a diagram of a molecule diagram of a molecule found in of molecules found in acid rain
in simple chemical reactions and molecule in the of a molecule found in acid rain, but it acid rain
produce diagrams of these models presentation found in acid rain, contains errors or is a poor
but it contains diagram
errors and is a
C3.3 – Describe the types of The effects of The effects of acid The effects of acid rain are The effects of acid rain are The effects of acid rain are discussed in
evidence that indicate chemical acid rain are not rain are mentioned discussed discussed in depth depth, and are shown through chemical
change mentioned changes
C3.4 – Write word equations and Word and Word and/or Word and/or balanced Word and balanced chemical More than one word and balanced chemical
balanced chemical equations for balanced balanced chemical chemical equations equations appear in the equations appears in the presentation
simple chemical reactions chemical equations appear appear in the presentation presentation
equations do not in the presentation
appear in the but are incorrect
C3.7 – Describe how the pH scale is The use of the The use of the pH The use of the pH scale is The use of the pH scale is The use of the pH scale is discussed in
used to classify solutions as acidic, pH scale is not scale is mentioned discussed in their discussed in their presentation their presentation in depth
basic, or neutral discussed in their in their presentation superficially