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Mnemonic Device


Creating patterns for remembering classroom processes, narrative structures, etc. supports the development of memories. Mnemonic devices, through acronyms or rhyming, can help to organize information and aid in Short- and Long-term Memory retention.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this elementary class uses rhythm and movement to remember the UNRAAVEL strategy for reading. Through this multisensory mnemonic device, students are able to independently recall all of the steps of this reading process.

  • Teachers and students can brainstorm and co-create mnemonic strategies to find ones that work for them. Developing a mnemonic device helps students connect prior knowledge with new information through visual and/or acoustic cues. Practicing the steps of the mnemonic until students can use it independently then leads to greater retention in Long-term Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Products that support reading development can learn from how language learning tools such as Dr. Moku use mnemonic devices. Coupling visuals and silly sentences with Japanese characters helps students learn the information in a memorable way.

  • Products can develop creative, silly mnemonics to enhance learners' Motivation and ability to organize and retrieve information. Digital products can also provide ways for learners to create their own devices with multisensory options, like colors, visuals, songs, and movement.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy