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Activities for multiple intelligences

In pursuit of learning standards for students, we should teach in ways that respect their differences and draw on their strengths. One way of talking about this is the language of multiple intelligences.

  Linguistic activities Mathematical-logical activities Spatial activities Kinesthetic activities
Emphasize Spoken or written language Numbers, systems or patterns Pictures, puzzles, visual representations Whole body or small motor movement
Key words
  • Debate
  • Oral report
  • Small Groups
  • Partners
  • Discussion
  • Journals
  • Stories
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Solve
  • Diagram
  • Predict
  • Map
  • Organize
  • Measure
  • Graph
  • Draw
  • Cartoon
  • Represent
  • Graph
  • Map
  • Paint
  • Timeline
  • Web
  • Pantomime
  • Put together
  • Act out
  • Puppet show
  • Skit
  • Model
  • Make

 

  Musical activities Natural activities Intrapersonal activities Interpersonal activities
Emphasize Performance and appreciation of music Representing and interacting with the environment Understanding and learning about the self Understanding and working with others
Key words
  • Singing
  • Playing instruments
  • Listening to songs
  • Writing songs or musicals
  • Rapping
  • Field trips
  • Nature walks
  • Nature logs
  • Star maps
  • Habitat building
  • Personal reflections
  • Diaries
  • Independent writing
  • Independent drawing
  • Subject matter journals
  • Group problem solving
  • Performing skits
  • Building models
  • Games

Drake, S.M. (1998) Creating integrated curriculum: Proven ways to increase student learning. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press.