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Strategy #4: Creating rhymes, jingles, and songs

Children learn many things by singing about them: the days of the week, the months of the year, the names of the continents and planets. As we get older we tend to remember the words to songs and advertisement jingles we hear on the radio and television. The same concepts can be applied to reading assignments.

Here are some activities you can share with your students. These activities can address all learning styles.

  • Rhymes: Remember learning "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue?" Have dates or other concrete facts to remember? This could be the way! Create some rhymes and share them.
  • Songs: Write a rap or lyrics to a song that reviews a grouping of ideas or concepts to be remembered.
  • Jingles: "Double your pleasure, double your fun with double good, double rich, Double-mint gum" How creative are you? Think up jingles to remember ideas, and you'll remember them, maybe forever!