Noise, Noise, Everywhere!

In science class, you have been learning about sound. You have learned that volume is how loud or soft a sound is. In this activity, you can learn more about sound and volume by studying the sounds you hear in your own home and neighborhood.


Soft Sounds Loud Sounds


Ask an adult to help you create a two-column chart like the one shown. Listen for sounds around your house, such as water running, the doorbell ringing, or someone talking. List the sound in the column it belongs in, as either a soft sound or a loud sound. Find as many different sounds as you can. Now go outside and listen for sounds in your neighborhood. Add these new sounds to your list.


Can a sound be both soft and loud? How? What sounds could you list from school? What sounds do you hear both inside and outside?