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The Power of Naturalistic Intelligence

The Power of Naturalistic Intelligence

How does naturalistic intelligence work? Do we have to bring biology or zoology in to our teaching in order to use naturalistic intelligence?

Students still share the same end goal but they achieve it through different ways. For example, if the goal is to improve writing paragraphs, students with linguistic intelligence might get to writing right away while students with visual-spatial intelligence might draw the things out first to help them organize.

Here we would like to share with you a story called Merengue Dream. It perfectly illustrates how naturalistic intelligence could be utilized as a bridge to the new knowledge. It is a story from the book Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph. It is also available in Bobst Library. (Click the picture above to see the book in amzon.com)

Due to the  document size, we are only able to upload the scan of the story as two separate files on google doc. Please use your nyu account info to sign in to view the story.
Merengue Dream Part I
Merengue Dream Part II

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Incorporating Naturalist Intelligence through Picture Books

1. Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See

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This is a great book to introduce to very young learners. The language is poetic yet very simple. Bill Martin Jr. does a fantastic job at starting with the usual then moving to open up the imagination of children by introducing a blue horse and so and and then ending the book by coming back to the immediate reality of the classroom. This books serves as a great way to introduce animals and colors to your students, If you have very low beginner level teens you can use this book with them too. Trust me all age groups love picture books, especially in a language they are learning!

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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This book is a classic and I always find ways to use it in my classroom. The story of how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly told very simply. The illustrations are beautiful and the language is lucid. This is a great book to not only teach about the transformation of the caterpillar but also to teach colors, days of the week, numbers, singular and plural nouns, names of different foods.

3. The Giving Tree

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This book is a must for every classroom!

4. The Carrot Seed

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5. Planting the Trees of Kenya

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6. A Color of His Own

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7. Swimmy

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8. The Mountain That Loved A Bird

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