Sunday, May 8, 2011

Daily Assignment #59: Mnemonics-Acronyms/Memory Joggers

Mnemonics are devices, such as pattern of letters, ideas, associations, that assist in remembering something. 

A mnemonic, for remembering lists, consists of an easily remembered acronym, or phrase with an acronym that is associated with the list items.  For example, to remember the colors of the rainbow, use the mnemonic: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain or ROY G BIV  

Here's a list of other acronyms:

  • My Very Excellent Mother Just Made Us Nine Pizzas:  Planets
  • Never Eat Sour Watermelons: points on compass
  • King Philip Can Only find His Green Slippers: Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species
  • Hi! He Lies Because Boran CanNot Oxide Fluoride,   New Nation Might----Sign Peace Security Clause,  A King Can:  First 20 Periodic Table Elements.
  • HOMES:  Great Lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior 

Spelling mnemonics are all about - creating a verse or phrase to help  remember how to spell the more difficult words. Often the sillier they are the easier they are to remember.
These mnemonics have come from many different sources.
  • PIEce of PIE
  • You hEAR with your EAR
  • There is a LIE in beLIEve
  • Is it a son or sun? - A son is a boy and they both have an o.
  • A friEND is always there when the END comes.
  • I before E except after C - and when saying "A" as in neighbour or weigh and weird is just weird
  • Always smell A RAT when you spell separate.
  • When 2 vowels go walking the first does the talking.
  • The silent e makes the vowel say it's name. eg mat/mate
  • When you eat deSSert you always come back for the second s.
  • Your principal is your PAL - the difference between principal and principle
  • "TO GET HER" - remember how to spell together because if you "get her", you'll be together.
  • When you assume you make an ass out of u and me
  • Your SECRETary will keep your SECRET
  • BR! Its FeBRuary in  New England
  • Practice/Practise - ICE is a noun so practICE is a noun and practise is a verb - Soccer practice improves your game, so you need to practise regularly.
  • Meat/meet - I like to eat meat
  • An island is land
  • Where, here, there, everywhere - Place names all have here in them
  • Stationary/stationery - Stationery contains er and so does paper; stationary (not moving) contains ar and so does car
  • Loose/Lose - Loops are Loose and it is easy to lose a shoe.
  • Where ever there is a Q there is a U.
  • Affect - is the action
  • Effect - is the result or end.
  • Complement/Compliment - Complement adds something to make it enough and a compliment puts you in the limelight.
  • Special - The CIA have special agents. 
Next time a student has a problem with a more difficult spelling word - consider creating a mnemonic. If a student is having difficulty remembering a list of things create an acronym to help them remember it.
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