Bringing in the musical multiple intelligence learning style to differentiate instruction can really add some fun to your lessons as well as help students learn. When I was teaching my 3 year old daughter the days of the week, I used the musical multiple intelligence learning style in the forms of rhythm and chant to help her learn. I started with Sunday and went through the days and added a clap for each one until we got to Saturday which we gave three claps. My daughter had it down in about 5 minutes. I use the musical multiple intelligence learning style so often she might think life resembles a musical.
The use of the musical multiple intelligence learning style to differentiate instruction can also be used in higher grade levels to help students remember important facts. For instance here’s an oldie but goody. Have them keep the beat to “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” This is also part of a poem so it will interest the linguistic multiple intelligence learning style student.
Don’t be afraid to make up your own rhyme and keep the beat to it to add the musical multiple intelligence learning style to your lessons. You can try clapping or adding a drum. If you don’t have a drum have the students stomp their feet to the beat or bang on their desks. Here’s one that I made up to teach about the Louisiana Purchase.
from across the sea,
the land we now hold.
Another way teachers can use the musical multiple intelligence learning style to differentiate instruction is to allow students to create songs by changing the lyrics to songs they know. For some reason one of the most popular songs to change the lyrics to in my classes is the song “Baby got back”. I guess my students like big butts! They cannot lie. I actually don’t recommend using top 40 type songs because the tune can get confusing. Nursery rhyme and Christmas songs seem to work really well. Last week I made up a song using the tune from ”Oh, Suzanna!” about President Andrew Johnson’s Reconstruction Plan in order to differentiate instruction and bring in the musical multiple intelligence learning style. It went like this “Oh, Johnson’s plan, oh won’t you let me be, accepted to the Union if I let the slaves go free.”
Using the musical multiple intelligence learning style by creating rhythm and chants or changing lyrics to simple tunes can help your students remember important content. It is a great way to differentiate instruction.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico offers many activity templates for differentiated instruction using the multiple intelligence learning styles. Check it out!