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#1
07-22-2006, 05:17 AM
 Aliceacc Multitudinous Join Date: Apr 2006 Posts: 26,838 NEW YORK Math teacher
Mnemonic devices

Let's share. Mine are mostly the golden oldies for math. I'm hoping to see some better ones from you guys!!

Trig: SohCahToa
or Oliver Had Another Handful of Apples

--- Co-Co=No No (Trig-- cosine and cosecant, sine and cosine are NOT recipricals)

---CAST (start from Quadrant 4, counterclockwise, for what's positive where
or All Students Take Calculus (same rule, starting from Q I)

Order of Operations:
-- PEMDAS (parentheses, exponents, mult, division, add & subtract)

or-- Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (same rule)

Metrics: Children Hate Doctors; Usually Doctors Charge Money
(I just got that one from my friend who teaches Chemistry; the "U" is for basic unit, such as meter)

What else do you have?

#2
07-22-2006, 05:34 AM
 JaimeMarie Moderator Join Date: Jul 2005 Posts: 7,402 USA Kindergarten Teacher
Mine are for spelling words
Peninsula: there is a pen in the sula
Congratulations: there is a rat in the middle not a rad
Peasants: the peas carry the ants

I have more but haven't finished my tea so my brain isn't moving yet!
#3
07-22-2006, 06:31 AM
 Missy Fanatic Join Date: Aug 2004 Posts: 2,636 Ohio 3rd Grade Teacher
NESW - never eat soggy waffles (compass rose)

Super Magical Heroes Eat Oreos - Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario
#4
07-22-2006, 08:19 AM
 etcetera83 Cohort Join Date: Jul 2006 Posts: 564 South Carolina 4th Grade Teacher
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Missy Super Magical Heroes Eat Oreos - Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario
You can use HOMES also: Huron, Ontario, Mochigan, Erie, Superior

For Bloom's Taxonomy: Ken Chomps Apples Always Since Easter - Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Alalysis, Synthesis, Evaluation
#5
07-22-2006, 10:56 AM
 clarnet73 Moderator Join Date: Apr 2002 Posts: 5,927 Illinois Preschool Teacher
GEOGRAPHY: George Elliot's Old Grandfather Rode A Pig Home Yesterday

Planets: My Very Educated Mother Just Sat Upon Nine PIllows (or Just Served Us Nine Pizzas)
#6
07-22-2006, 12:16 PM
 Ms.Jasztal Maven Join Date: Jul 2005 Posts: 5,481 Florida Fifth Grade QUEST (Gifted) Teacher
I am going to be a clarnet stealer... because those are the first that entered my mind.

I know the geography one!! George Elliott's Old Grandmother Rode A Pig Home Yesterday. I even teach that one.

For planets, I have used My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.

Cardinal Directions-
Never eat soggy worms.
Never eat shredded wheat.

There's a whacko one I came up with right before a spelling test last year, but I don't remember it. Something about the h eater, yet the word wasn't heater. Whatever.
#7
07-22-2006, 12:31 PM
 TeacherGroupie Multitudinous Join Date: May 2005 Posts: 25,599 Calif.
The one I teach for metric units is King Henry Died Unexpectedly Drinking Chocolate Milk. (Unexpectedly is Unit.)

For the levels of classification of life forms (that would be Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species): in the elementary classroom, it would be King Philip Came Over For Good Spaghetti; for those taking teacher tests, it's more vivid if the last word is Sex.

There are few of us who still remember the WHOLE rhyme for the numbers of days in the months, but, geek that I am, I do:
Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, which alone
Has twenty-eight - except the time
When Leap Year makes it twenty-nine.
And then there's the truly dumb but useful way to remember what 7 times 8 is: 56 = 7 * 8. That is: five, six, seven, eight.
#8
07-22-2006, 12:34 PM
 TeacherGroupie Multitudinous Join Date: May 2005 Posts: 25,599 Calif.
Alice, how does CAST work?

The way I remember the quadrants is to number them with Roman numerals, and then the quadrants that have just one Roman numeral I (that is, I and IV) are the quadrants in which x is positive.
#9
07-22-2006, 12:35 PM
 TeacherGroupie Multitudinous Join Date: May 2005 Posts: 25,599 Calif.
By the way, it's mnemonic. With, I suppose you could say, a silent m. Two ways to remember that m at the beginning: (1) mnemonic and memory both begin with m; (2) amnesia is a-mnesia is literally 'not remembering'.
#10
07-22-2006, 01:01 PM
 LuvTchng Companion Join Date: Jul 2006 Posts: 165 Georgia 3rd Grade Teacher
For planets: My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets
Bloom's Taxonomy: Kindergarten Classes Allow A Snack Everyday (can't think of a reason you'd need to remember this unless you're taking a teacher exam)
Compass Rose: Never Eat Sour Watermelon
Animal Classifications: My Best Friend's Really Awesome (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians)
Units of measurement in order: In Fourth-Grade You Measure (inch, foot, yard, mile
And here's a bonus given to us by a college biology professor for classification systems :Keep Putting Condoms On For Great S-- (kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species)...That's for your own info not to share with the kids!

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