Maybe that musically intelligent student should make up a song to help her learn the Periodic Table of Elements. Expand Upon Traditional Activities Traditional school activities focus primarily on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences.
Learning Activities That Connect With Multiple Intelligences Use these ideas for learning activities that will appeal to your students based on their particular strengths.
Grades PreK—K, 1—2, 3—5, 6—8 Like most teachers, you're probably familiar with Howard Gardner's theory on multiple intelligences: What you may not be as familiar with is how to apply a multiple intelligence approach to learning in your classroom.
Start with this checklist. Use it to refresh your memory on each of the intelligences and pinpoint learning activities that will appeal to your students based on their particular strengths.
To involve students in identifying their multiple intelligences, invite them to complete The Connell Multiple Intelligence Questionnaire for Children. They will find it exciting to see the areas they are strongest in and to understand how these might be affecting their schoolwork.
Verbal-linguistic students love words and use them as a primary way of thinking and solving problems.
They are good writers, speakers, or both. Learning Activities and Project Ideas Completing crossword puzzles with vocabulary words Playing games like Scrabble, Scrabble Junior, or Boggle Writing short stories for a classroom newsletter Writing feature articles for the school newspaper Writing a letter to the editor in response to articles Writing to state representatives about local issues Using digital resources such as electronic libraries, desktop publishing, word games, and word processing Creating poems for a class poetry book Entering their original poems in a poetry contest Listening to a storyteller Studying the habits of good speakers Telling a story to the class Participating in debates Logical-Mathematical Intelligence Math Smart Description: Logical-mathematical students enjoy working with numbers.
They can easily interpret data and analyze abstract patterns. They have a well-developed ability to reason and are good at chess and computer programming. They think in terms of cause and effect. Learning Activities and Project Ideas Playing math games like mancala, dominoes, chess, checkers, and Monopoly Searching for patterns in the classroom, school, outdoors, and home Conducting experiments to demonstrate science concepts Using math and science software such as Math Blaster, which reinforces math skills, or King's Rule, a logic game Using science tool kits for science programs Designing alphabetic and numeric codes Making up analogies Spatial Intelligence Picture Smart Description: Students strong in spatial intelligence think and process information in pictures and images.
They have excellent visual receptive skills and excellent fine motor skills. Students with this intelligence use their eyes and hands to make artistic or creatively designed projects. They can build with Legos, read maps, and put together 1,piece jigsaw puzzles. Learning Activities and Project Ideas Taking photographs for assignments and classroom newsletters Taking photographs for the school yearbook, school newsletter, or science assignments Using clay or play dough to make objects or represent concepts from content-area lessons Using pictorial models such as flow charts, visual maps, Venn diagrams, and timelines to connect new material to known information Taking notes using concept mapping, mind mapping, and clustering Using puppets to act out and reinforce concepts learned in class Using maps to study geographical locations discussed in class Illustrating poems for the class poetry book by drawing or using computer software Using virtual-reality system software Musical Intelligence Music Smart Description: Musical students think, feel, and process information primarily through sound.
Musically smart people constantly hear musical notes in their head. Learning Activities and Project Ideas Writing their own songs and music about content-area topics Putting original poems to music, and then performing them for the class Setting a poem to music, and then performing it for the class Incorporating a poem they have written with a melody they already know Listening to music from different historical periods Tape recording a poem over "appropriate" background music i.
Bodily-kinesthetic students are highly aware of the world through touch and movement. There is a special harmony between their bodies and their minds.
They can control their bodies with grace, expertise, and athleticism. Learning Activities and Project Ideas Creating costumes for role-playing, skits, or simulations Performing skits or acting out scenes from books or key historical events Designing props for plays and skits Playing games like Twister and Simon Says Using charades to act out characters in a book, vocabulary words, animals, or other content-area topics Participating in scavenger hunts, searching for items related to a theme or unit Acting out concepts.
For example, "student planets" circle around a "student sun" or students line up appropriately to demonstrate events in a history time line Participating in movement breaks during the day Building objects using blocks, cubes, or Legos to represent concepts from content-area lessons Using electronic motion-simulation games and hands-on construction kits that interface with computers Interpersonal Intelligence People Smart Description: Students strong in interpersonal intelligence have a natural ability to interact with, relate to, and get along with others effectively.
They are good leaders.Using Multiple Intelligences in Testing & Assessment Information on using Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences (MI) in student assessments is found here. New teachers, who are just getting acquainted with MI will find this resource particularly valuable.
This can be achieved by teaching with multiple intelligences. The Multiple Intelligences theory is described by the cognitive psychologist Howard Gardner in his well-known book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
A Sample Plan for Writing Teachers Multiple intelligence lesson plans are the perfect vehicles for engaging reluctant writers. By encountering concepts in a . Multiple intelligences and mathematics teaching John Munro It is generally recognized that mathematics ideas are learnt via constructive or building processes (von Glasserfield, ).
Differences in the ways in which students do this have received less attention. Reinforcing Math Skills Through the Multiple Intelligences – Jean Fisher. Improve your child's Math skills by tapping into his or her best style of learning. 1 Multiple intelligences and mathematics teaching John Munro 1 Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Telephone number: (03)