Multiple Intelligences and Preschool Lesson Plans

Step 1

Before you begin, think about the word "intelligence". What does that word mean to you. How intelligent are you? Are you more intelligent in some areas then others. Research Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences by clicking on the links provided below. Click on the Howard Gardner link below and complete the worksheet. 

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Use the following LINKS below to find the information on MI.


                                                                                                     Step 2 :                                             

     Now that you have a better understanding of Howard Gardner's Theory of MI then it is time to find out where your true intelligence lie. This test is not going to be graded and there are no right or wrong answers.  Students need to read each question and answer it correctly in order for the results to be authentic.  One you have completed the test you will be supplied with a code. Please record your code onto the white board in front of the classroom. You do not need to list your name beside it.  At the end of the test there will be a section for you to record all the codes and the site will provide you with a chart of your class results. You will use this code to retrieve your results at a later date if needed.


      Step 3: Writing Assignment

     We are going to take some time during step 3 and think about the MI test results.  You should have a print out of your MI test results as well as the class results.  You may have two or three that are your strongest MI.  Look at the class results. You will use the charts to answer the questions below.  For each question you need to answer it in paragraph form. If you have difficulty remembering how to write a  paragraph use the links provided. (use them even if you think you know how)  Click on the evaluation section of this WebQuest to find out how you will be graded.


1.  Which Multiple Intelligence(s) were your strongest? Do you feel that the test results apply to you and how you really learn? Why or why not?

2.  Which of the Multiple Intelligence(s) were your weakest? Do you feel the test results apply to you and how well you learn in certain subjects? Why or why not.  Give examples.

How to Write a Paragraph




Step 4  Lesson Plan

Now your wheels should be turning! You should be thinking about how you could incorporate the MI theory into the preschool laboratory.  For this next task you will get into groups of 8 based on your results of the MI test.  Your group will consist of one person from each of the MI.  I will pass out an index card and you will place your highest MI on the card as well as your name.  If you have more than one, pick the one that you feel truly fits you.  Place the card in the assigned shoe boxes in front of the room.  I will then proceed to develop the groups by pulling one card out of each box. 

Go to fullsize image    When working in your groups you can decide if you want to do combined two or more MI within one lesson.  Remember that we tend to have a little bit of all of the MI within us.  I would advise against working alone.  TASK:  You are to develop a developmentally appropriate lesson plan for children in our preschool.  The target age group is 3 -4 year olds.  The subject is math, numbers 1-10.  At this time you should be aware of lesson plan development and safety issues. Provided below are links to help with researching ideas  and lesson plan format.  Good luck!

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Links to Help with Lesson Ideas


Step 5 Presentations


Students will present their lesson plans to the class in order for the class to critique the MI lessons.  Everyone is required to present a lesson, be it alone or in a group of two or more.  Remember we will be teaching these wonderful lessons to the preschoolers.  Students should dress in teacher attire on day of the presentation.  The presentation is to be professional and that means the audience as well as the presenters.  You may bring in props, visual aids, and resources on the day of your presentations.  Please inform me if there are any special accommodations needed on the day of your presentation. Within the evaluation section of this WebQuest you will find the rubric I will use to grade your presentation.

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Please print out the presentation recorder in order to keep track of lesson ideas for your own portfolio.  Jot down any questions you may have during the presentation and ask the group about your concerns during their questions and answer period.

Step 5 Summary Essay


 By this stage in the WebQuest you must be feeling pretty good about MI. Now is your time to tell me everything you learned about MI and how you plan on using the information to better yourself in the classroom.  The first thing we need to do is make sure you remember how to write a summary essay.  Below are a few links to help you with the process.  I suggest you review them before proceeding onto the summary questions.

How to write a summary essay?

Summary questions:  Now you are aware of the MI theory and which MI you are strongest in and weakest in. You have even developed lesson plans for preschool age children to help foster their learning within a preschool environment.  We need to look at the bigger picture. The school system and how it can or can not implement Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences.

  1. How can educators/schools foster learning based on the MI theory?
  2. What are some of the challenges teachers and schools may face when applying the MI theory within the class?
  3. How do you plan on taking what you learned during this WebQuest and applying it to real life situations?

Links to help you with your summary questions.


For those who finish ahead of schedule

Click on the link below and find out what activities you like to play and which MI they lie under.


Developmentally Appropriate Activities- 

The term developmentally appropriate is commonly used by child care professionals to describe activities that take into account the level of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of a child.

Intellectual Development-

How a person learns, what a person learns,  and how a person expresses what her or she knows through language.

Sequenced Steps-

The steps in growth and development follow one another in a certain order.

Logical Thinking concepts-

These are understood mentally. These concepts include classification, arranging by size, and understanding numbers, space, and time concepts.