The main elements of the kinesthetic intelligence are control of one’s bodily motions and the capacity to handle objects skillfully, as well as the ability to process information through the sensations in the bodies. Students with this type of intelligence should learn better by involving muscular movement (e.g. getting up and moving around into the learning experience), and are generally good at physical activities such as sports, dance and building things.
These students enjoy all types of sports and physical activities, they need to be touching, moving and manipulating objects, move around and act. For these learners, performing physical actions can lead to learning mental actions and operations, so the mathematical notions are represented by actions. They often express themselves through dance. These students would use solid or pictorial models wherever possible and act on these, by moving parts around, while sometimes talking to themselves during this process. When these students are remembering ideas they can think of the actions that they did or do the actions with their hands, for example a student could run his finger along the sides of a triangle as a help to remember a theorem or formula. When they hear things they can focus on the actions that are being done and try to anticipate the outcomes of actions. The methods to empower this type of intelligence would be the use of touching, feeling, movement, improvisation, “hands-on” activities, using mime and facial expressions and physical relaxation exercises.
Right Angles Are Always Right
The activity involves constructing right angles using practical methods and unconventional tools. Constructing right angles has been an important skill for a long time, for many practical activities such as agriculture, building and many more. Here you have some methods used in ancient times in order to set a right angle, without the use of Geometrical instruments.They have been adapted to suit our tools, that is string, paper, pins and pencil. Click on the image to access the Thinglink interface!
Do you look like the Vitruvian man ?
The purpose of this activity is to compare several measurements from the body of our students with Leonardo’s measurements on his vitruvian man. We will find the gold number 1.6 as well. Click on the image to access the wiki page!
Students are doing proofs of mathematical theorems and properties in a practical way, based on object manipulation, self-made models, experiments and observations, using different materials and auxiliary tools. Click on the image to access the Thinglink interface!
The Handshaking problem
Using physical things and movement to study the subject of counting the number of handshakes in a group.
Practical proof of Thales’ Theorem
Building and using a wooden construction to proof the theorem of Thales
The Spacecraft Race
Building a vehicle propelled by a balloon and studying its movement.
Creating Geometrical Ethnic Motives on different ways
Trying to draw – to construct geometrical ethnic motives
Maths Origami workshop
This activity means to match this manual skill to Maths, encouraging students to use their hands to „make” Maths shapes and objects. In this way geometrical rules, axioms and operations are „physically” elaborated and stimulate kinesthetic learning.
The teacher or students prepare a list of mathematical concepts e.g. theorems, definitions, names of mathematical objects or famous mathematicians, etc. and write them down on separate cards. Then the students are divided into two teams competing against each other. The representative of a given team draws a card and presents its contents with the use of gestures, movement or nearby objects. If his/her team guesses the answer, it scores a point. The team which at the end of the game has more points, wins.
Maths with A4 paper
The students are encouraged to use their kinesthetic intelligence to make geometrical paper objects and carry out simple proofs of their geometrical properties through paper folding. Students will also use measurement and manipulation. In this way they will understand relations, rules and theorems in a kinesthetic way.
Platonic Solids. Origami Workshop
- To manipulate paper to construct Platonic Solids
- To revise Geometry concepts: angles, edges, vertices, sides.
- To prove in a practical way why there can only be 5 Platonic Solids
- To follow oral instructions
- To get acquainted with Origami vocabulary and general actions
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Hands on Maths Fair
A whole morning selection of Maths related activities, based on crafts such as wire and leather jewelry, string art and crochet, for students to choose.
More explanations about the one of the activities are to be found here.