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Age Range: Grade 6 through Grade 8 (Middle School Level)
Overview and Purpose : "Sounding it out" does not always work, when spelling difficult words. Whether it is by stacking words or finding smaller words within larger words or something else, students will enjoy creating ways to remember their spelling words.
Objective: The student will be able to create mnemonic clues to help them remember how to spell difficult words.
Talk about mnemonic clues. Give them some examples (The principal of your school is your 'pal' or you write on stationery and then you put it in an 'e'nvelope.) Divide the students into pairs. Assign each pairing a spelling word. Have them work together to develop a mnemonic clue to help other students remember how to spell the word.
Have each group present their word and the clue to the class. Review the clues often during the week to help the students remember them.
People use mnemonic tricks all the time to remember things. Teaching your students to use this technique will benefit them throughout their lives.