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Loud Sounds Bookmarks

Source material by Dangerous Decibels

Students familiarize themselves with the idea that some sounds can be too loud.


Science Topics
Sound
Decibels
Sense of Hearing

Process Skills
Classifying
Comparing

Grade Level
K-2

Preparation
None

Set-Up
15-20 minutes

Activity
25 minutes

Clean-Up
10 minutes

Learning Goals
Students will be able to

Understand that some sounds can lead to hearing loss.
Refer to a bookmark to determine loudness of common sounds.

Materials not in Kit
Glue or tape (1 per group)
Scissors (1 per student)
Color printer*
Printer paper or Card stock (1 page per student)

Set-Up

Gather materials and print enough bookmarks for all students.

Introduce the Activity
Explain that students will be creating bookmarks and introduce the idea of some sounds being too loud.

Doing the Activity

1. Each student will cut out the two bookmarks, following the dashed lines

2. Students will then glue or tape the bookmarks together, back-to-back.

3. Discuss the sounds on the bookmark:

→ What are some common sounds that can damage your ears?
→ What do you think you can do to protect your ears?

The Answer – There are several ways a person can take to prevent noise-induced hearing loss:

Explanation
Loud sounds (above 85 dB for 8 or more hours) can damage ears.

Key Lesson Terminology
dB – a measure of sound intensity (abbreviation for decibel)

Optional Extensions
More information about loud sounds is in the Sound and Music lesson (middle school) and can adapted for younger students.
See the Explore Sound website for more Dangerous Decibels activities.
Complete the Loud Sounds coloring sheets.

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