Creative Teaching Activities for the Multiple Intelligences


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Susan Osher
Dr. Howard Gardener proposed eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential. Today, his theory plays a significant role in trying to meet the student’s individual strengths and needs. This hands-on workshop will show how you can bring creative multiple intelligence activities into your classroom.

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Creative Teaching Activities for the Multiple Intelligences

  1. 1. Creative Tasks for the Multiple Intelligences by Susan Osher Hareut School, Karmiel ETAI 6th International Conference “Linking Through Language” July 14, 2010
  2. 2. What is intelligence? Traditional definition:  Intelligence is a cognitive capacity people are born with.  It can be measured.
  3. 3. Howard Gardner’s definition:  ability to create an effective product or offer a service;  skills that make it possible to solve problems;  potential for finding or creating solutions for problems.
  4. 4. According to Gardner,  People possess all eight intelligences in diff. amounts.  They have different intellectual compositions.  These intelligences are in different areas of the brain  They can work independently or together.
  5. 5. Implications of MI Theory  All human beings possess all 8 intelligences in varying amounts.  Intelligences can be developed.  No intelligence exists by itself in life.  There are many different ways to be intelligent.
  6. 6. The Intelligences Verbal Linguistic Bodily-Kinesthetic Logical Mathematical Musical Rhythmic Visual Spatial Naturalistic Interpersonal Intrapersonal
  7. 7. Question and Answer Game 
  8. 8. Verbal Linguistic Intelligence: The ability to think in words and use words effectively whether orally or in writing. The Linguistic Learner 1. reads and tell stories; 2. can memorize data; 3. develops best in a print rich environment.
  9. 9. Charades Prepare exercises for your pupils to do!!!! Here are some examples: Thump your chest like a gorilla. Scratch like a cat. Climb the tree like a monkey. Slide, slide like a snake. Swim, swim like a fish. Bend your knees like a camel.
  10. 10. Bodily-Kinesthetic Consists of the ability to use the body to express ideas and feelings and to solve problems. The Bodily – Kinesthetic Learner 1. works well with hands; 2. has good coordination; 3. is good at physical activities; 4. develops through role- playing, charades and exercises
  11. 11. It’s Raining Kids Change the words in bold from the song “It’s Raining Men”. For example: It’s raining kids, halleluya. It’s raining kids, oh yeah, Tall, short Fat and thin It’s going to start raining kids. Rewrite the song with your own vocabulary and categories. Children can write their own songs and illustrate them.
  12. 12. Musical- Rhythmic Intelligence Consists of the ability to sense rhythm, pitch, and melody. The Musical Learner 1. sings and listens to songs; 2. remembers melodies and keeps time; 3. develops best by singing and dancing.
  13. 13. Shapes triangles, circles, squares, rectangles, cones etc….. in different sizes and colors depending on the level of the class Practice shapes. Model giving directions Put the circle on the square! Students give each other directions in pairs.
  14. 14. Visual-Spatial Intelligence Consists of the ability to sense form, space, color, and shape. The Visual- Spatial Learner 1. draws, builds, designs and creates things; 2. watches movies and plays with computers; 3. reads maps, charts and diagrams; 4. solves puzzles and mazes; 5. needs a print rich environment.
  15. 15. Logical Mathematical Intelligence Consists of the ability to use numbers effectively, reasoning and recognizing abstract patterns. The Logical Mathematical Learner 1. finds patterns and relationships; 2. is good at strategy games and puzzles; 3. develops best by categorizing, deciphering , and outlining; 4. finds patterns and relationships.
  16. 16. Letters December 10, 2009 Dear Friend, My favorite food is pizza. What's your favorite food? Yours, Shosh December 10, 20--10 Dear Friend, My favorite color is blue. What's your favorite color? Yours, Shosh
  17. 17. Interpersonal Intelligence Consists of the ability to sense other people’s moods an feelings, communicate and cooperate with others The Interpersonal Learner 1. talks and has friends; 2. works well in groups and peer teaching; 3. shares, compares, interviews; 4. organizes, leads and mediates.
  18. 18. All By Myself
  19. 19. All By Myself I can read all by myself. 
  20. 20. All By Myself But I want to cook all by myself! 
  21. 21. Intrapersonal Intelligence: Consists of the ability to understand yourself – your strengths, weaknesses, moods, desires, and intentions. The Intrapersonal Learner 1. works independently and pursues own interests; 2. understands self and feelings; 3. develops best in quiet places; 4. prepares portfolios; 5. Prepares checklists to examine work.
  22. 22. Over in the Meadow The version below of "Over in the Meadow" is the general way this song has been sung since the 1880's or earlier... Over in the Meadow Children's Song Over in the meadow, In the sand, in the sun, Lived an old mother toad And her little toadies one. "Jump!" said the mother; "I jump!" said the one. So they jumped and they jumped, In the sand in the sun.
  23. 23. Sparklebox Adrianbruce barryfunenglish
  24. 24. Naturalistic Intelligence Consists of the ability to understand, appreciate and enjoy the natural world The Naturalistic Learner 1. interacts with the surroundings; 2. studies and learns about animals and plants; 3. is interested in geography and natural phenomena; 4. classifies and cares for plants and animals.