You may think
you're smart... but you're probably smarter than you think! How
are you smart? How can you make yourself even smarter?
You have the potential for understanding
the nature of your own intelligences - and for changing them.
There's no limit to how much your brain can learn. In fact, the
more you know, the more you can know!
A man named Howard Gardner came
up with the idea that people have different kinds of intelligences.
In fact, he thinks there are about eight different kinds of intelligences.
We all have each of these intelligences, but we are often better
in some intelligences than others. It's important to know about
these intelligences so you can continue to develop the ones you're
already good at, and so that you can improve your other intelligences.
Now on to Howard Gardner's
After you've read about
the multiple intelligences, complete the Multiple
Intelligence Profile to learn more about your own smarts.
Intelligence (Word Smart)
This intelligence helps
you to write, listen, and speak. You use this intelligence while
doing writing assignments, essays, or even reading a good book.
It means choosing the right words and being sensitive to the
many ways in which language is used. Poets, novelists, and public
speakers have lots of linguistic intelligence.
Here are some terrific Web sites to help improve your linguistic
Young Writers If you dream
about writing, or if you write and you want your writing to be
better or published or just appreciated by others, it's all here!
for Kids This place is
so cool that you'll need to spend an entire afternoon just checking
it out! You can do a puzzle, write a poem, and learn weird facts.
Kids Real Adventures: Young Writer's Clubhouse This site has stories about famous authors
and how they began writing as children. It also tells how to
get published and more.
Intelligence (Music Smart)
is for those who regularly use music, like musicians, to
make sense of their worlds. Thinking in melodies and rhythms,
people with a well developed musical intelligence are often conductors,
musicians, and sound technicians. In developing the musical intelligence,
we become skilled listeners, sensitive to music, and aware of
the emotions music can make. People with this intelligence often
change facts and other things they want to learn into songs to
help their memories.
Here are some Web sites to learn more about music:
In the Air: Sounds From the Orchestra
This ThinkQuest Junior award winning site will give you lots
of excellent information on music and sounds. There are many
projects and activities you can try.
- Music and
the Brain This incredible
page is part of our Web site. Learn about what kinds of music
will help you do better on certain tasks and other interesting
facts about music and the brain.
Intelligence (Number Smart)
When you think about how
to spend your allowance, make change, or even do your math homework,
you are using your logical-mathematical intelligence. Scientists,
engineers, computer technicians
and accountants all use their logical-mathematical intelligence
very much! To have a highly developed logical-mathematical intelligence,
means you have the ability to calculate very complex operations
Here are some cool sites to help you improve your math smarts:
Versus Calculator This
activity was created by the authors of this site to help you
improve your math smarts. Can you beat the calculator?
This! This site is designed
for kids and their families to try some great math challenges
(have you lived for one million minutes).
Math This site provides
practice with math skills through game playing, flash cards,
and homework help. You can choose the skill level.
pilots, sculptors, painters, and architects for evidence of spatial
intelligence in action! People with a highly developed
spatial intelligence have an ability to think in three dimensions
and can often duplicate inner and external imagery. Some people
draw upon their spatial intelligence to help them create art.
Others may use this intelligence to create tools, such as maps
or navigational aids (like compasses), that are valued in our
Here are some
cool sites to help you improve your spatial intelligence:
- Pieces 'n Creases
This award winning ThinkQuest Junior site will teach you everything
you ever wanted to know about origami and more. There are great
activities and lots of interesting information to learn.
Monkey This a really cool
site if you like to make drawings and animations. You can even
enter really cool contests!
- Kidzdraw On this site, you can pick your age group.
There are featured
projects each week. This is a really cool site.
Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (Body Smart)
you're a dancer, an athlete, an artist, or a surgeon - to do
your job, you need to know how your body moves and how to control
those movements, and this requires use of your bodily-kinesthetic
intelligence. Those with a keen bodily-kinesthetic intelligence
know how to fine-tune their physical skills. Bodily-kinesthetic
intelligence could be seen as the base upon which the other intelligences
are developed because, as babies, we explore the world through
Here are some cool sites on sports:
use what we know about ourselves to plan a day at school, we
use our intrapersonal intelligence. We use this intelligence
when we think back to our own experiences, and examine them to
gain self awareness. You will also gain empathy (knowing how
people feel). For example, if your friend is sad because he or
she got made fun of, you might feel as bad as that person! Religious
leaders, psychologists, and philosophers all have highly developed
Here are some Web sites to improve your intrapersonal skills:
With Feelings This site
has many topics to help you deal with your feelings. Topics include
how to deal with bullies, stress, death, and moving. Great place
to help you understand yourself.
His Life and Teachings This
ThinkQuest site will teach you about the famous philosopher named
Confusius. For example, did you know he was the first person
to make education available to everyone, not just the wealthy?
Interpersonal Intelligence (People
you get along with people in your class, or even your whole school?
By using your interpersonal intelligence, of course! People with
a highly developed interpersonal intelligence have the ability
to get along with almost everyone they meet, and are almost never
shy! You use this intelligence when you're in a club meeting
with friends, or even when you meet your new class mates after
you moved! Religious leaders, mayors, even the President of the
United States has a highly developed interpersonal intelligence!
Visit these Web sites to practice using or to learn more about
your interpersonal skills:
- Graffiti Wall
This is a monitored site where you can enter chat rooms with
other kids. There is a chat room for kids under eleven years
old and one for kids who are older.
- The Civil War for Kids Learn about the famous
leaders of the Civil War along with lots of other fascinating
Civil War facts.
go hiking in the woods, and you know all the bird's names, what
are you using? Your naturalist intelligence! You use this intelligence
while on a hike or a nature walk. People with a highly developed
naturalist intelligence have the ability to identify their surroundings
like flowers, birds, and trees. Botanists and gardeners have
highly developed naturalist intelligences. Charles Darwin is
a famous example of someone with this intelligence.
Here are some Web sites where you can learn more about nature:
is a chart to show you more about each intelligence area:
OnLine At this site you
will learn about the earth and its animals. There are games and
interesting facts about animals. You can even submit artwork.
and Our Environment This
site was a ThinkQuest Junior award winner. Visit it to learn
about plants, their relationship to animals, and their impact
on the environment.
| Intelligence Area
|| Learns Best Through
|| Famous Examples
||Is Strong In
|| Common Misbehaviors
hearing, and seeing words
Elliot, Abraham Lincoln
reading during lessons
Einstein, John Dewey
on math or building during lessons
draw, or build
with pictures and colors
Picasso, Bobby Fischer
maps, drawing puzzles
sports and dance
Jordan, Charlie Chaplin
wandering around the room
hum, and listen to music
melody, and listening to music
picking up sounds and music
a pencil or your feet
to people and join groups
Reagan, Mother Theresa
people, leading, organizing
alone and reflect
Roosevelt, Sigmund Freud
yourself, setting goals
with nature and hike outdoors
with plants and animals
|| Charles Darwin
names of plants and animals and how they relate
outside too long and collecting unusual specimens
Multiple Intelligence Profile
Now that you've read about the
multiple intelligences, complete the Multiple
Intelligence Profile to learn more about your own smarts.
Think about these things before you complete the profile:
| Functions | Smarts
| Choices |
- Read about each of the intelligences
above before completing the profile.
- Take time to think about the ways
you use your intelligences each day.
- Fill in the profile according
to your intelligences one at a time.
| Thinking | Activities
| Citations | Authors