How to incorporate multiple learning styles in one lesson?

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to incorporate all of my students learning styles into one lesso. I want to keep all my students engaged and cater to all their needs. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Have you used a choice board with your students?  You can require students to complete a certain amount of tasks or a row of tasks which will allow them to pick activities that fit with their learning style.
I like to set up choice boards like tic tac toe boards and require everyone to complete the assignment in the middle square. I also tier choice boards so I can differentiate instruction.

You are most likely integrating multiple intelligences in your lessons already.  Here are some examples:

  • Auditory Learners:  You are speaking to the class or individuals, children are listening to books on the computer , read alouds
  • Visual Learners: You show visuals using chart paper, an overhead, or the board, or the SMART Board.  You show the pictures to books you read aloud.  You use maps and graphs.
  • Kinesthetic Learners: You use math manipulatives, magnetic letters, interactive SMART Board activities where the students come up to the board and manipulate objects.  Children bend their bodies into the shapes of letters.
  • Interpersonal Learners: Children work in pairs (think-pair-share) and in groups.
  • Intrapersonal: Children make self-to-text connections and write journal entries.
  • Musical: Children learn multiplication facts to music.  You play quiet background music while children are working “silently.”


There is a wonderful web site by McGraw Hill called TEACHING TODAY  There is a large library of lesson plans keyed to Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. I have attached two for you to see.

There is no doubt in my mind that student s learn better when you present lessons that incorporate many different modes of learning.

Best of luck!


Helen Krasnow, Ed. M.

Manhattanville College School of Education

One idea you can try is incorporating a 20-50-80 menu into your lesson where you have certain activities worth 20,50, and 80 points. You allow the students to pick which activities they would like to do as long as the end result is 100 points. This allows you to choose assignments to fit the needs of many students and this gives them the chance to pick activities that they are stronger at. Hope this helps!
Can you post a few examples? I have done this with questions keyed Bloom's Taxonomy. I have also allowed my students to determine how many points each choice should be worth. It is amazing to watch them judge how challenging or how much time something will take.
All the ideas mentioned thus far are great. In a more general sense, make sure that during a lesson children have something to see, something to listen to or say, something to touch and interact with, are able to physically move, and time to interact with others on the topic or concept. It's very easy to do if you keep those touchpoints in mind. :)

Yes Paula, the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) addresses multiple means of representation of content,  expression, action and engagement.  There are awesome resources on this at




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