How Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligence can be used to differentiate Minnesota social studies curriculum at the K-3 level





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This capstone is a social studies curriculum based on the works of Howard Gardner. It uses the Theory of Multiple Intelligence to create a two week long unit which utilizes centers and choice to teach students about life on the frontier. Multiple Intelligence Theory states that there are at least eight different types of intelligence. The author uses differentiation techniques drawn from Diane Heacox in order to address each of Gardner's eight intelligences within the unit. A complete curriculum, including lesson plans, centers, assessment tools, classroom management techniques and resources, is provided. The author documents the creation of the curriculum and concludes that differentiating and teaching to the Multiple Intelligences, while time consuming, is the most comprehensive way in which to reach as many students as possible.

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