Students familiarize themselves with the idea that some sounds can be too loud.
Sense of Hearing
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)
Printer paper or Card stock (1 page per student)
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:
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)
• 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.