Demonic Mnemonics

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mnemonic devicesSometimes the small things make all the difference. Like in memorization. My first introduction to the word Mnemonic came with the disclaimer that it was a ‘demon’ to pronounce. I never forgot that word. Nor will I ever forget the following devices, that I hope will help your child, too.

The place values in the metric system:
King Henry Doesn’t Usually Drink Chocolate Milk or King Henry Died By Drinking Chocolate Milk
Kilo Hecto Deka Unit (or Base) Deci Centi Milli

Order of Operations:
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
Parentheses (and other symbols of inclusion); Exponents; Multiplication and Division, in order from left to right; Addition and Subtraction, in order from left to right.

The first ten elements in the periodic table:
Ha. HEalthy LIttle BEggar BOys CAtching NEwts OR FIsh

The Great Lakes, in order from west to east:
Sam’s Horse Must Eat Oats
Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie, Ontario

The colors of the rainbow, in order:
ROY G. BIV (pronounced like a person’s name)
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet

The planets in order:
My Very Educated Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas
or My vampire eats marshmallows just sitting under new planets.
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. Disclaimer: Pluto has lost its planetary standing, now, so we’ll have to learn a new one.

How to remember the difference between the spelling of hear and here:
You hear with your ear.

And another spelling hint is:
The Principal is your pal.

For those of you who are boaters, or for the rest of us who just read about it:
We left port and went right to starboard.

If you’re looking for a mnemonic for something specific, Google it like this: “Mnemonic for _________”. You’ll be amazed at the memorization hints. And for even more ideas, go to Google images. If you’re enjoying this way too much, browse through the books on Amazon. There are mnemonics books for everything from anatomy to Spanish to pharmacology. And nice mundane things like math and biology.

About Kayla

Kayla Fay is a freelance writer and the mother of four boys, three of whom have been formally diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD. When she started “Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?” in 2002, her sons were ages 8 through 14, when her life was a “progression of dirty laundry, lost homework, misunderstood Algebra, and a whole lot of love and fun”.

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  1. What a great tip…. Google-ing mnemonics. Thanks for sharing!