Activity Overview

Howard Gardner created a theory of multiple intelligences that is a wonderful way to teach students that there is more than one way to learn and grow your understanding of the world! Teaching about multiple intelligences opens up a new way to better connect with your students and understand their strengths, challenges, interests, and dislikes. Students can have the opportunity to grow their awareness of how they learn and where their strengths lie. Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences include:

  • Bodily Kinesthetic
  • Musical
  • Interpersonal
  • Spatial-visual
  • Logical/ Mathematical
  • Verbal Linguistic
  • Naturalistic
  • Intrapersonal

Teachers can introduce the theory using handouts, videos, and discussions. Then, students will create a spider map using the Storyboard Creator that illustrates and describes how each of the multiple intelligences apply to them. Students should use illustrations and short descriptions to describe what each category means and how it applies to their own life.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Demonstrate your knowledge of Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences by defining and illustrating each as they apply to you.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Think about the definition of each of the multiple intelligences. Write a short description of 2-4 sentences for each and include how it applies to your own life.
  3. Add illustrations for each of the categories using appropriate scenes, characters, symbols and items

Requirements: Illustrations and descriptions for each of the 8 multiple intelligences.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/9-10/1] Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/9-10/2] Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/9-10/4] Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/9-10/5] Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

5 Points
3 Points
1 Points
The descriptions are clear and at least two sentences.
The descriptions can be understood but it are somewhat unclear.
The descriptions are unclear and are not at least two sentences.
The illustrations represent the descriptions using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
The illustrations relate to the descriptions, but are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the descriptions.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.

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