Book Study

Secrets of the Seashore: A Multiple Intelligences Book Study

Find Out What Mulitple Intelligence Theory Is

And Why We Should Care Here

 

The book Secrets of the Seashore written by Carron Brown is one in a series from

the Shine A Light Books available from Usborne and More. This series is an ingenious and

engaging way to wrap little people’s minds around the wonders of our world! You can order

your own copy of Secrets of the Seashore HERE

Verbal/Linguistic

As with any picture book, repetition is key. Each time you read through with your child, focus on a different aspect. The first time you read through you may do a “picture walk” or simply focus on the pictures and making predictions. With the Shine A Light series, this is particularly true. The pictures are so engaging and fun– you will more than likely need to use a flashlight to make your hidden discoveries in the pictures many, many times before your child will be ready to focus on the words. Non-fiction books are amazing tools to increase vocabulary sets, make generalizations about the world, as well as sort and categorize objects within their world. Use Secrets of the Seashore as a springboard to explore these topics more in depth; How is a whelk and a snail similar/different? What is a crustacean? Why does the tide come in and out? What other kinds of animals are filter feeders? You may want to reference an encyclopedia such as Usborne’s First Encyclopedia of Seas and Oceans with Internet Links!

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Visual/Spatial

For our visual spatial learners we re-created our own version of a Shine A Light picture! You will need a piece of black construction paper, a piece of white construction paper, scissors, glue, a white crayon or piece of chalk, and crayons, markers, paint, etc.

On the black piece of construction paper, use the white crayon or chalk to re-create a tide pool scene. In our version, I tried to draw a crab and a whelk and Peanut drew a “rock” and an “anemone.”

 

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Next we cut the images we traced out, leaving the rest of the construction paper intact.

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We then put glue on all of the black areas, paying special attention to the edges.

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After the glue is applied, carefully place a piece of white construction paper on top of the glue, making sure to line up the outer edges. Once the white construction paper is in place, color a scene using crayons, markers, or paint. We used a peeled crayon because I wanted to show Peanut how to color using the side of the crayon to cover a large area and give it an interesting texture.

Once your scene is complete, hold your artwork up to the light. Voila! Your own secret pictures appear!

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Logical/Mathematical

In order to develop a healthy appreciation for number and math concepts, little people need to be exposed to and experiment with these numbers and mathematical concepts in all areas of life! Rather than saying, “ok, it’s math time,” it’s much more useful to our kids if we just incorporate counting, sorting, organizing, adding, etc. throughout our day. Believe it or not, they are not entirely sure that “8 seashells” is the same thing as “8 rocks” and so they must investigate and touch both materials, counting them over and over – making sure there are still 8 even if we move them around. So, for this example we are using seashells (mainly because I had them leftover from a previous book study) as our math manipulatives, but in reality we also counted and sorted the rocks we used in our kinesthetic activity. (As well as our tide pool creatures and the animals in the illustrations.)

Here we are sequencing our seashells in order from biggest to smallest.

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Sorting by type

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And sorting by texture

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Bodily/Kinesthetic

For our tactile kinesthetic learners we set up a mock tide pool to explore and touch. In our tidepool we used rocks, seashells, and assorted toy tidepool creatures such as sea stars, an octopus, sea weed, and several fish.

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For our gross motor kinesthetic learners we decided to take the Shine A Light concept to the real world! I hid several of her tidepool objects around her room and turned off the lights. She then used a flashlight to find them! This was a particularly fun game for her and she wanted to do it again and again…

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…and again

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Musical/Rhythmic

Experimenting with the natural sounds that seashells create is always a fun time! Let your little one listen to the sounds that each shell makes and compare them…is one a higher sound than another? Lower? Does the shape change how it sounds? How about the size?

 

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Once they have had general exploration and play with the natural sounds seashells make…turn one of the larger, closed conical shells into a trumpet! Cut off the very tip of the shell just big enough to blow into and bore a hole into the side. Voila! Your very own seashell trumpet!

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And of course seashells always make good drums! In fact, they are especially good for hearing the contrast in tones between differing sizes.

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After a little exploration time, she was able to figure out on her own that she could put small seashells inside the larger seashell to make maracas!

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Intrapersonal

Intrapersonal learners need time for reflection and introspection. Make sure to provide your little one with a comfy place for independent exploration.

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…One can never have too many secret reading spots!

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Interpersonal

Interpersonal learners need to process their information with a buddy. They may need to verbalize their thinking – or – they just need someone to share in their experience!

 

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I’m A Dirty Dinosaur-A Multiple Intelligences Book Study

Find Out What Multiple Intelligences Theory Is

And Why We Should Care Here

The book “I’m A Dirty Dinosaur” written by Janeen Brian and Ann James is a

fun, silly story of a dinosaur who loves mud! You can purchase your own copy HERE

Verbal/Linguistic

As with any picture book, repetition is key. Each time you read through with your little one, focus on a different aspect. The first time you may just want to do a “picture walk” – in other words just look at the pictures and talk about what is happening on each page. What does your child think the story is about? What do they think will happen next?

Another read through and you can focus on vocabulary development…for example, “what does the word “snout” mean?” Or rhyming words…such as “snout and about”

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Visual/Spatial

We took a page that peanut especially liked and I made a “vague representation” of the dinosaur illustrated on the page. I just drew my version on construction paper, we cut it out, and she glued it on another piece of construction paper. We then took shaving cream and brown finger paint and mixed them together to create “mud.”

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Here is our finished version!

 

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Musical/Rhythmic

“I’m A Dirty Dinosaur” has a natural tone and rhythm to it. In addition, there are verses that specifically give musical representations. For example, “Tap, Tap, Tap, Tap, Tap It Like A Drum” During one of your read throughs, reenact the chorus using musical instruments, whether you have your own or are playing the environment. For example, you could use the table as the drums!

 

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Or—“Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake About The Place! – with maracas!

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Logical/Mathematical

We took some bright toy dinosaurs and decided to get them dirty. I like to use kinetic sand, but a sandbox or real mud pile would be just as fun! After just exploring the dinosaurs and the sand together for some sensory input, we began to sort them by color…

 

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And Create Patterns

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We then rolled a large die and counted the pips.

We then added in the corresponding number of dinosaurs.

 

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To increase complexity, I modeled for her the different combinations of number sentences that could create her matching number. For example, 3 green dinosaurs and 1 yellow dinosaur, 2 green dinosaurs and 2 yellow dinosaurs, 1 green dinosaur and 3 yellow dinosaurs, or all 4 yellow dinosaurs, etc.

 

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Bodily/Kinesthetic

For fine motor/tactile learners we took the toy dinosaurs and acted out the phrases from the book with our leftover shaving cream “mud.” For example, when the book says “I’m a dirty dinosaur with a dirty snout” we smeared mud all over his nose. Once we reached the end of the book and our dinosaurs were sufficiently dirty…

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we gave them a good bath!

 

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For gross motor learners, we acted out the scenes from the story using our whole bodies. For example, when you get to the part that says “Stamp, Stamp, Stamp, Stamp, Stamp About the Street!” you would stomp all around the living room!  An alternative activity would be to continue with the shaving cream mud into the bathtub and have them smear the mud on their own bodies before giving themselves a good wash. Here is our whole body version of “Shake, Shake, Shaking it!”

 

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Intrapersonal

Intrapersonal learners need time for reflection and introspection. Make sure to provide your little one with a comfy place for independent exploration.

 

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Interpersonal

Interpersonal learners need to process their information with a buddy. They may need to verbalize their thinking – or – they just need someone to share in their experience!

 

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Like these ideas? Check out www.rainbootsandrocketships.com for more!


 

Rainbootsandrockeships.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This is a for-profit site that I put together in 12 minute increments while my toddler is busy eating a snack. Teachers don’t make diddly and I’d like to retire someday. Please consider purchasing any supplies you would order anyway through one of the Amazon links located throughout my posts!

Usborne Publishing Ltd. has no connection with these pages and does not sponsor or support their content.