Rubrics for Multiple Intelligences Lesson Plans

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

How do you determine if your students are understanding what they learn through multiple intelligences? Check out this lesson for rubrics that help you assess students' knowledge.

How to Use Assessment Rubrics

You are working on a unit about animals and their adaptations for your sixth graders. You believe in the theory of multiple intelligences, and do your best to consider each student's learning style in your planning. As you work on your Animal Adaptations Unit, you will plan activities and assessments that engage and promote the eight multiple intelligences.

Take a look at this image with some ideas of activities that you could incorporate to reach all of your learners.

Activities to Assess Multiple Intelligences

Since you will be using a variety of activities, how do you plan for assessments? Rubrics can help you determine what your students know. The purpose of a rubric is to identify which aspects of the lesson will be assessed and the criteria against which these sections will be scored. There are many types of rubrics, and you can easily modify them so that they complement your instructions, projects, activities, or assignments.

Providing students with the rubric before the lesson or assessment will help them take control of their learning. When students know exactly what will be required of them, they will be able to focus on demonstrating this knowledge to the best of their ability.

Let's check out some examples of rubrics that can be used while you assess multiple intelligences.

Rubric Examples

By incorporating multiple intelligences into your lesson plans, you will be reaching all of your learners. It may be difficult to meet all learning styles with one activity-- but through a carefully planned lesson, you can incorporate numerous intelligences.

To create assessments for the multiple intelligences, you will want the following components:

  1. An authentic, real-world situation
  2. Activities that appeal to a variety of intelligences
  3. Ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge

You can use a variety of rubrics, which depends on what you want to assess. Take a closer look at four main types of rubrics.

Analytic Rubric

As part of your Unit Plan, you might want to incorporate an experiment where students investigate how a bird's beak has adapted to help them survive. In order to assess this activity, which encourages your logical-mathematical learners to show what they know, a rubric would be great!

You could break the experiment up into various parts and rate the quality of performance in each section. Your rubric for this activity may be an analytic rubric. Each set of criteria is broken down into a specific scoring category and scored separately.

Content Excellent - 3 Good - 2 Satisfactory - 1 Needs Improvement - 0
Clear Hypothesis _____ _____ _____ _____
Appropriate Materials _____ _____ _____ _____
Organized Procedure _____ _____ _____ _____
Analysis of Results _____ _____ _____ _____

Holistic Rubric

This type of rubric will look at all the criteria, as a whole, and give an overall rating. This is similar to how essays are graded on standardized tests. Let's say you want to incorporate a drawing where students design their own species of animal that will survive in the desert. This specific activity will reach your spatial learners.

You might set up a holistic rubric such as:

Score Criteria
4 The animal designed in this drawing has adaptations that ensure its survival in the desert. The design is well thought out and provides a clear description of what each adaptation is.
3 The animal designed in this drawing has adaptations that ensure its survival in the desert. The design provides a description of what each adaptation is.
2 The animal designed in this drawing has adaptations that will most likely allow it to survive in the desert. The design needs a better description of what each adaptation is.
1 The animal designed in this drawing does not have adaptations that allow it to survive in the desert. The design needs examples and descriptions of each adaptation.

Task-Specific Rubric

As the title states, this rubric looks at each specific task and gives it a score. You might have some activities in your Animal Adaptation Unit Plan that incorporate various intelligences. You would want to evaluate the entire activity, but break it into specific parts.

For example, to inspire your bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, and naturalist learners, you might want students to conduct a research presentation. Students would work in groups and select a specific animal to research. Then, they would present this information to the class.

During the presentation, you might want to use a task-specific rubric.

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