Noise Pollution Lesson Plan

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Noise pollution is an invisible danger that we often ignore. This lesson plan helps students understand the dangers of noise pollution, and an activity gets them thinking about harmful noise and ways to protect themselves.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define noise pollution
  • explain how loud noises affect the ear
  • propose possible solutions to the problem of noise pollution


1 to 1.5 hours, including activity

Curriculum Standards


Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.


Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


  • Copies of the lesson Noise Pollution Lesson for Kids and lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Noise cards, one for each student. These cards should name a sound you might hear every day, such as 'cricket,' 'barking dog,' and 'lawn mower.'
  • A small drum or tambourine
  • Drawing supplies


  • Distribute art supplies and ask students to draw an ear and label the parts inside and outside the ear. Probably very few students, if any, will be able to identify the inner parts of the ear. Ask the class to propose ideas about why the ear is shaped the way it is.
  • To give students a general idea of how the ear works, start playing the video lesson Function & Structure of the Ears, stopping at 0:44.
  • Discuss as a class how the ear works, referring back to the video lesson as needed.
  • Bring out the small drum or tambourine. Strike the drum and explain how it's a metaphor for the way the ear works. Hand off the drum to a student and ask him/her to demonstrate how a very quiet sound might affect the ear. Hand the drum to another student to demonstrate a very loud sound.
  • Now that students are more familiar with how sound affects the ear, hand out copies of the lesson Noise Pollution Lesson for Kids.
  • Begin reading the text lesson aloud or have students take turns reading. Pause at the end of the section 'The Invisible Pollution.' Discuss the following points:
    • Ask the class to list some noises that have made their ears hurt.
    • Ask the class to think of sounds that are OK to hear for a short time, but that might be harmful if you listen to them for a long time. Loud music is an example you might suggest to get the ball rolling.
  • Read the section 'When Sound Becomes Pollution.' Discuss the following questions:
    • What is the difference between sound and noise pollution?
    • Have you ever seen anyone wearing ear protection, like the jackhammer operator in the picture. What noises were those people blocking out?
  • Read the section 'The Problem with Noise Pollution.' Discuss the following question:
    • What types of noise pollution do you encounter on a daily basis, and how have each affected your life and health?
  • Read the remainder of the lesson. Ask the following discussion questions:
    • Have students think back to the example with the drum. How does ear protection work to keep ears safe?
    • What are some other ways we can keep our ears safe from dangerous sounds?
  • Conclude this portion of the lesson by having students take the associated lesson quiz.

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