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Multiple Intelligences

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Multiple Intelligences. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Multiple Intelligences Starters:

Analogies: Make more of analogies to help remember mathematical concepts.

Ancient Mysteries: This activity requires students to memorise fifteen numbers in a three by five grid.

Kim's Game 3: This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.

Mathterpiece: Memorise a picture made up of geometrical shapes

Mix and Match: Work out which team played which from the information given.

Number Recall: Can you improve your ability to remember telephone numbers?

Paradox: Can you solve this paradox by agreeing whether the statements are right or wrong?

Pi Day: March 14th is Pi Day. The third month and the 14th day relates to 3.14 which is pi to three significant figures. How many figures of pi can you memorise?

Rows of Roses: Can you draw 4 straight lines, without taking your pencil off the paper, which pass through all 9 roses?

Secret Symbol: Place a symbol between the four and the five to get a number greater than four and less than five.

Shopping List: A quick quiz about five items on a shopping list written 40 years ago.

Shunting Problem: Allow two trains to pass by using the limited amount of siding space.

Squared Animals: Separate three rows of three animals using three squares.

Sudoku Sum: What is the sum of the numbers missing from the given Sudoku puzzle?

Wordles: Turn mathematical words into designs which will help you remember the meanings of the words.


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23 or Bust

A game involving mental arithmetic and strategy for two players or one player against the computer. It is possible to beat the computer but you need a well thought out strategy.



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See also Thinking Skills.

The theory of multiple intelligences was proposed by Howard Gardner in 1983 as a model of intelligence that differentiates intelligence into various specific modalities rather than seeing it as dominated by a single general ability.

Gardner argues that there is a wide range of cognitive abilities, and that there are only very weak correlations among them. For example, the theory predicts that a child who learns to multiply easily is not necessarily generally more intelligent than a child who has more difficulty on this task. The child who takes more time to master simple multiplication:
1) may best learn to multiply through a different approach,
2) may excel in a field outside of mathematics, or
3) may even be looking at and understanding the multiplication process at a fundamentally deeper level, or perhaps as an entirely different process.

Here are some mathematical activities that call upon a pupil's multiple intelligences.

Multiple Intelligences Teacher Resources:

Wordles: Remember these mathematical words for their shape and movement.

Multiple Intelligences Activities:

Code Cracker: Crack the code by finding out which letters replace the encrypted letters in the text given. There are lots of hints provided about code breaking techniques.

Fizz Buzzer: The digital version of the popular fizz buzz game. Press the buzzers if they are factors of the counter.

Maths Analogies: Make more of analogies to help remember mathematical concepts.

Mystery Numbers: If 16 O in a P stands for 16 ounces in a pound, what do you think these mystery numbers are?

Paradox: Arrange the statements so as not to create a paradox.

Tables Conga: Use the arrow keys to collect all the multiples in order while avoiding the Conga Virus!

Tools: In how many different ways can the numbers be arranged to give the same totals?

Tran Towers: An adventure game requiring students to solve puzzles as they move through the old mansion.

Multiple Intelligences Investigations:

Braille: Investigate the possibility of redesigning the Braille alphabet to make it easier to learn. You will first need to examine the current version and learn how it is used.

Hula Hoops: If a number of Hula Hoops are dropped on the floor, what is the maximum number of regions they might form?

Multiple Intelligences Videos:

Human Graph Shapes: Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall teacher Kelly Overbye demonstrates how she uses Multiple Intelligences, to teach her students about the slope of graphs. [Similar to Transum's Human Graphs]

Multiple Intelligence Theory: Dr. Howard Gardner explains his multiple intelligence theory.

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Fizz Buzzer

Fizz Buzzer

The digital version of the popular fizz buzz game. Press the buzzers if they are factors of the counter. So far this activity has been accessed 10908 times and 40 people have earned a Transum Trophy for completing it.



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