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In this activity, students learn how an animal's sense of hearing is adapted to -- as well as affected by -- its environment. They begin by exploring how a shark's senses enable it to be an efficient predator. Students then compare a shark's senses to those of a land animal of their choice, and discover how each animal's senses are adapted to its particular environment. Next, they focus on the sense of hearing, and a common cause of hearing loss: continual exposure to loud noises. Students learn how a change in the way that an Arctic community hunts -- using rifles instead of harpoons -- has caused widespread hearing loss. Finally, students research noise levels in their environment and conduct a public awareness campaign about noise pollution and the associated hearing loss.
1. Have students do the Shark Attack! The Hunt Web activity. Then discuss the following:
2. Show the Animal Hearing video and have students consider the following:
3. Show the video Moriussaq: A Case Study in Hearing Loss and discuss the following:
4. Have students research the decibel levels of some common noises in their environment, and compare these to the decibel levels that cause hearing loss. Allow students to use the Web (search for key words such as decibel, noise, and noise center) and the library. If you have access to a decibel meter, have students compare the decibel levels for different activities and in different areas of the school at different times of day. Then have students present their findings and conduct a public awareness campaign (using video, brochures, and presentations) for the school and their families about high decibel noises and how to prevent hearing loss.