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Mnemonic Device

Overview

Creating patterns for remembering classroom processes, narrative structures, etc. supports the development of memories. A mnemonic device is one creative way to organize information, such as through acronyms or rhyming, to aid in this Short- and Long-term Memory development.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this elementary class uses rhythm and movement to remember the CUBES strategy for math. Through this multisensory mnemonic device, students are able to independently recall all of the steps of this problem-solving 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.
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    Learn how Flocabulary creates engaging videos that sometimes include mnemonics. This memorable PEMDAS rap provides learners a mnemonic linked to music, which further helps with retention.

  • 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

    Numeracy and Mathematics
    Cognition
    Social and Emotional Learning
    Student Background