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Multiple Intelligences Learning Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Multiple intelligences refers to the eight areas of intelligence identified by Dr. Howard Gardner. Students will be able to participate in different activities that target many of these different intelligences.

Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner developed the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983. He identified eight different potential intelligences present within all students. The following activities have been developed to specifically target five of these eight intelligences and can be used and/or adapted for use with a variety of different ages.

Developing a Secret Code

MI addressed: Logical/mathematical (numbers and reasoning)

Materials: writing paper, pencils

  • Put students into groups of 2-3.
  • Give each group a piece of writing paper and a pencil to work with.
  • Instruct each group to write out the alphabet on their piece of paper and then create a secret code for their alphabet. To do so, each group will assign each letter of the alphabet a math equation (for example: A will be 15 X 8).
  • Next, have each group compose a secret message using their code. This time, however, have them use the answers to their math equations as the letter in their message.
  • Have the groups exchange their secret messages and their secret codes and let another group work out the problems to discover what the message might be.

For older learners, consider switching the steps with numbers representing each letter of the alphabet and equations being used to create the secret message. The possibilities for different equations would be endless.

Game Center

MI addressed: Verbal/linguistic (words and language)

Materials: various word related board games (Scrabble, Upwords, Boggle, Balderdash, Scattergories, etc.)

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