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Subject: Language Arts
Grade: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Brief Description

Students create mnemonics that help them remember the correct spellings of words.


Students practice spelling words and understand how memory devices can aid learning.


spelling, mnemonics

Materials Needed

  • Musical Spelling Rules
  • other print or online resources about mnemonics
  • a list of spelling words
  • pencils and paper

Lesson Plan

  • Explain to students that a mnemonic is a device, such as a formula or rhyme, that people use as an aid to remember something (from
  • Ask students to review Musical Spelling Rules or other print or online resources containing mnemonics for spelling.
    For example, here is a mnemonic to help students learn or remember how to spell the word mnemonic:

  • Provide each student with a word from the class spelling list. Have each student write and illustrate a mnemonic that will help him or her remember how to spell the assigned word.
  • Display the mnemonics on a classroom bulletin board.

Perhaps you would like to challenge students to present their mnemonics in video or PowerPoint format.


Evaluate students on the accuracy and creativity of their mnemonics.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards

Language Arts:

Originally published 05/28/2001
Last updated 02/22/2010