Naturalistic Intelligence Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences is reviewed in this lesson plan, which puts specific focus on the characteristics of naturalistic, or naturalist, intelligence. Students learn about several famous people with naturalist intelligence and create posters to encourage others to use their naturalist intelligence.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to do the following:

  • define naturalistic intelligence
  • describe multiple intelligences theory and relate it to Howard Gardner
  • identify famous people who had naturalist intelligence
  • encourage others to develop their naturalist intelligence


1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Materials Needed

  • Projector or SMART Board to display the video lesson
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons or markers


  • Display the video lesson Naturalist Intelligence: Definition & Explanation using a projector or a SMART Board.
  • Show the first segment, 'What is Naturalist Intelligence?' and pause the video at 0:33.
  • Ask the students to turn to a partner and explain what naturalist intelligence is.
  • Restart the video and show the second segment, 'Development of Naturalist Intelligence,' pausing the video at 1:16.
  • Ask the students to turn to a different partner and explain at least two ways that they could develop naturalistic intelligence.
  • Restart the video and show the third segment, 'Famous People with Naturalist Intelligence,' pausing the video at 2:48.
  • Ask the students questions about the famous people with naturalist intelligence who were named in the video:
    • Can you name one famous person who had naturalist intelligence?
    • What did that person do?
    • How does that person's actions show naturalist intelligence?
  • Restart the video and show the final segment, 'What if I Don't Have Naturalist Intelligence?'
  • Display the transcript of the lesson using the projector or SMART Board so that the students can see the list of multiple intelligences. Ask them questions, such as the following:
    • Who came up with the theory of multiple intelligences?
    • Can people be intelligent in more than one way?
  • Announce each type of intelligence and read its description from the lesson transcript. Ask students to raise their hands if they think they have that type of intelligence. Remind them that they can have many kinds of intelligence, so they might have more than one of the kinds that are listed.
  • Display the Naturalist Intelligence: Definition & Explanation Quiz, one question at a time. Ask students to write down their answers.
  • Review the answers with the group before moving on to the activity.

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