When I was in grade school, some of my teachers used mnemonic devices which I still remember today and have used with my own students.
To remember the names of the Great Lakes: HOMES -Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.
To spell arithmetic, remember the first letter of each word in this sentence..A Rat In Tom's House May Eat Tom's Ice Cream.
To spell geography, remember the first letter of each word in this sentence..George Elmer's Old Grandmother Road A Pig Home Yesterday.
To remember the planets...Man Very Early Made Jars Stand Up Neatly Period...Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune (Pluto was a planet when I was in school.)
To remember the colors of the spectrum: ROY G. BIV - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
Do you have a favorite mnemonic device to share? Do you know of any technology themed mnemonics?
I love mnemonic devices! The one I remember most vividly from my childhood is HOMES for the Great Lakes. We used it recently in Wonder of the Day #321: What's So Great About the Great Lakes?
How funny! But, we all know the purpose of mnemonics is to pass the test and remember something just by a crazy association. They have served my purpose more times that I could count, but I never remember what the letters even stand for later. I actually use it today when trying to rememember certain zany email addresses.
What a fun question, Poerio! I remember several mnemonics that have helped me over the years.
A technology themed one--WYSIWYG--What You See Is What You Get (sometimes that's not exactly true)
A way to remember coordinating conjunctions--FANBOYS--For And Nor But Or Yet So (you may have guessed I taught English)
Order of operations in math--PEMDAS (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction) --Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
How could we ever remember how many days in each month without the famous rhyme--
30 days hath September
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31
Excepting Leap Year
That's the time
When February's days are 29.
I look forward to learning more mnemonics from this discussion.
Eat An Aspirin After A Naff Sandwhich
Europe, Antartica, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America, South America
Bless My Dear Aunt Sally
Brackets, Multiplication, Divisions, Addition, Subtractions
I use mnemonic devices every time. I have a blog about mnemonic devices and I have always used this phrase for the planets: My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. But, some people liked to use “My Very Easy Method Just Shows Us Nine Planets” or “My Very Energetic Mother Jumps Skateboards Under Nana’s Patio” (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto). The problem now is Pluto. It was reclassified as a dwarf planet.
John from Mnemonic Devices - The Revision Guy. And if you want more mnemonic devices, I always write articles about this.
So I guess we can shorten Poerio's phrase for remembering the plants to Man Very Early Made Jars Stand Up Neatly or John's My Very Energetic Mother Jumps Skateboards Under Nana. (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) Is that what you use now that Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet?
Or does anyone have another new mnemonic device for those illusive planets?
I created: King Phylum cut Class in Order to see his Family "Genius" make a Species of himself. This is for taxonomy/classifying in science. I explain to the kids that Genius is in quotes because the king is not a genius as the word is suppose to be Genus and he made a typo. I made this up when I was in high school.