To be used with Lesson Plan: Remembering How to Remember from Learning Abilities Books. http://www.gate.net/~labooks (Lesson plan 2000 Betsy B. Lee)

Remember the Cat!

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In the story, Little Lemon: Activities for Developing Motivation and Memory Skills, Charlene learned some secrets for how to remember what the teacher told her. She learned to link what she needed to learn to something she already knew.

Here are 12 secrets to help you learn and remember.
But how can you remember the secrets?
Let this cat help you. You already know about cats.

Link what you need to learn (the secrets)
to something you know (cats).

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    These secrets are also called learning strategies. A strategy is a plan of action.

  1. Link.
      Remember the cat. The cat is easy to remember. We link what we need to learn to something we already know.
    Remember the secret.
    Link. Think of the cat. Think of the secrets.

  2. Look.
      Remember the cat. If a cat runs across the room, most people will look at it.
    Remember the secret.
    Look. If you want to remember a word, think of how a it looks. Make a picture in your mind. We can remember other things by making pictures in our minds.

  3. Listen.
      Remember the cat. The cat pricks up its ears, tilts its head, and listens.
    Remember the secret.
    Listen. Remember how something sounds. We can listen to ourselves as we read out loud. We can say spelling words, numbers, and other things out loud to help us remember. We can think of how the teacher sounded when talking about it.

  4. Do something.
      Remember the cat. The cat on this page is very busy doing something.
    Remember the secret.
    Do something. It can help to talk about what we are learning, draw a picture, write some words, underline words. You can use color.

  5. Think of something funny about what we are learning.
      Remember the cat. On the web site, x-remember-cat.html, the cat is very funny. It runs to the middle of the screen. Takes a quick nap. Wakes up looking scared. Runs to the other side of the screen.
    Remember the secret.
    Think of something funny. If you can't think of something funny about it, try to think of something interesting about it.

  6. Have a good feeling.
      Remember the cat. The cat purrs because it feels good.
    Remember the secret.
    Have a good feeling. If we say, "I hate learning this," it makes it harder to remember it. Really. Even if we don't like learning it, we should try not to hate it.

  7. Use rhythm and rhyme.
      Remember the cat. Think of that cat. That and cat rhyme.
    Remember the secret.
    Use rhythm and rhyme. A list of words can be sung to a song that you already know. We can beat out a rhythm to a list of words. Be sure this does not interfere with work someone else is doing. Long ago, before anyone could read or write, they used songs, rhymes, rhythms, and stories to remember things that had happened.

  8. Take a short break.
      Remember the cat. This cat takes a short cat nap.
    Remember the secret.
    Take a short break. If we take a little break, it helps. It does not need to be a short nap. Sometimes, we can stand up, stretch, get a glass of milk. If we take a long break, we might not get the work done. If we take too many little breaks, we might not get the work done. A grown-up might need to decide how much time is spent taking breaks. It is easy to lose track of how much time we spend taking a break.

  9. Use small chunks of information.
      Remember the cat. It's a little cat, not a big tiger.
    Remember the secret.
    Use small chunks of information. Did you ever wonder why phone numbers are broken into groups? It is much easier to remember 264-5308 or 264-53-08 than it is to remember 2645308. We remember small chunks of information better than big ones.

  10. Learn from mistakes.
      Remember the cat. The cat learns from mistakes.
    Remember the secret.
    Learn from mistakes. Look at what was marked wrong on your school work. Find out how you made the mistake. Learn the right answer.

  11. Think about what you are learning.
      Remember the cat. The cat runs. It is easy to think about a running cat. It is easy to pay attention to it.
    Remember the secret.
    Think. Sometimes, it is hard to pay attention and really think about school work, but it does help you remember. Think how I can, not why I can't. Then do it. That is one of the secrets Charlene used in the Little Lemon book.

  12. Repeat things.
      Remember the cat. The cat's picture is on this page again and again.
    Remember the secret.
    Repeat things. Practice. Say something again and again. Write spelling words five or more times. As you write each word, you need write it correctly. If you practice the incorrect spelling, you learn the incorrect spelling. This makes it harder to learn it the right way. running kitty
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I've used the cat to help you remember strategies. You saw him (or her) often which helps you remember the cat.

In summary, there are several reasons you'll probably remember the cat and the secrets. Why?

  1. Link.
      We link what we need to learn to something we already know. Think of the cat. Think of the secrets.
  2. Look.
      Make pictures in our minds. We can close our eyes and remember how the cat looks.
  3. Listen.
      Remember how something sounds. This cat pricks both ears to listen.
  4. Do something.
      Talk. Draw. Write. Underline. The cat is busy doing something.
  5. Think of something funny or interesting. The cat is funny.
  6. Have a good feeling. Pets make us feel good.
  7. Use rhythm and rhyme. We rhymed that with cat.
  8. Take a short break. The cat is short.
  9. Use small chunks of information. The cat is small.
  10. Learn from mistakes. Cats learn from mistakes.
  11. Think about what you are learning.
      Think how I can, not why I can't. Then do it. If you stop a cat from doing something one way, the cat will try to find a different way.
  12. Repeat things.
      Yes, repeat things. We saw the cat again and again.

    Remember the cat. Remember these secrets for remembering.
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