Helping Kids Remember

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Freebies | 0 comments

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

Each day as we teach our students, we are hoping they will remember the important things we are telling them. Teachers use many devices to help kids remember. When we present something in a unique way, it sets it apart, makes it special, makes it memorable.

I especially like to use songs to help students learn. My classes have loved the multiplication songs we’ve learned. For example (sung to Jingle Bells):

3, 6, 9

12, 15

18, 21

24, 27, 30 Oh, what fun.

33, 36

I heard my students singing quietly during work or test time to find the right answer.

Chants are also a fun way to introduce and remember new information. Chanting has many of the benefits of song:
It uses rhythm and rhyme in an enjoyable way.
It provides patterns that can make learning easier.
It builds children’s confidence in oral language.
It can promote a sense of community, which is conducive to learning.
It provides a change of pace and mood to improve student motivation.
It offers opportunities for repeated readings, which build fluency.
It can serve as a writing prompt, offering students the chance to write new verses.

I make a big deal about key words, especially for math. “Each and every” help students know to multiply, while “how many more” tells students to subtract.

Word Walls are a current method which displays words as an interactive tool for teaching reading and spelling to children.

Word walls have many benefits. They teach children to recognize and spell high frequency words, see patterns and relationship in words build phonemic awareness skills and apply phonics rules. Word walls also provide reference support for children during reading and writing activities. Children learn to be independent as they use the word walls in daily activities.

Word walls can also be used:

  • To support the teaching of important general principals about words and how they work.
  • To promote independence on the part of students as they work with words in writing and reading.
  • To provide a visual map to help children remember connections between words and the characteristics that will help them form categories.
  • To develop a growing core of words that become part of a reading and writing vocabulary.
  • To provide reference for children during their reading and writing.

Desk charts are a similar device. These are especially helpful for students who have difficulty transferring words on a wall to their own work.

I LOVE mnemonics!

My students remember the spelling of many words by using memory aids. When dealing with homophones, we discover that the hear you do with your ear has the word ear in it. The meat that you eat contains the word eat. The there that can be replaced with the word here (Put the package there – Put the package here.) contains the word here. This also works with the word “where”. Where is it? Here.

We find that together is spelled with to-get-her and that there is “a rat” in separate.

Another great memory tool is acronyms. FANBOYS  helps us remember the connectors; for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.

ROY G. BIV gives us the colors of the rainbow. HOMES remings of the names of the Great Lakes.

We also have sentences to remind of us information or spelling.

For example, “My very excited mother just served us noodles (or nine pies)” can help us remember the order of the planets. And “Big elephants can always understand small elephants” can help us spell the word “because”.



Please join the discussion and share some ideas you use for helping kids remember!



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