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  • Scientists have discovered that just repeating a list of words, items, or numbers isn’t an effective way of remembering them for very long. you don't get better at memorizing things just by repeating. But you can get better by learning some clever tricks that help you out.
  • You are going to tell yourself a silly, strange story using the pictures. There is a crazy cat named Charlie (notice all the c’s). Charlie was riding his bike to the coffee shop. On the way there, he ran into a dog named apple. Apple the dog was hungry after playing baseball and football and decided to with Charlie the cat. When they arrived, Cat got an ice cream cone, and the dog ordered cake. Just as he was about to eat the cake, a butterfly landed and got stuck in the frosting. Dog grabbed a pot off the stove to catch the butterfly, but when he turned the pot over, a yoyo, slingshot, and magnet fell out, making more noise than a drum, dump truck and alarm clock combined! Dog lost his appetite and decided to take the rest of his cake home in a red wagon.
  • Imagine you are going to the grocery store and your mom or dad is too distracted to remember everything on the list. You can help … by using your imagination. This strategy is called the “Wander Around Your House” trick. You must imagine each item in one place in your house. Pick a room or location you are very familiar with. Imagine the item in a strange or unique place. The more exaggerated or crazy or silly the picture you imagine, the more likely you are to remember it. I’m imagining the bathroom. I’m imagining myself sitting … and reaching for the toilet paper, only to find lettuce on the holder. The toilet paper is unrolled and hanging where the shower curtain is. I pull a piece down – and you see the tub is full of corn flakes … and mild is coming out of the faucet! The cat is in the tub, trying to drink the milk. On the sink, there are spaghetti sticks in the toothbrush holder and ice cream comes out of the toothpaste. There are hamburger buns where the ceiling lights should be, and tomatoes and apples in the glass jar of bath salts. You wash your hands & dry them with slices of bread. You could make your story sillier by elaborating - imagine brushing your teeth with chocolate chip ice cream paste, with spaghetti bristles – ew! Warning: creating a new list usually wipes out the old one. So, you might want to use more than one familiar location. You might use the bedroom, your bathroom, your car, etc. Whoever thought of this silliness?! This memory trick was invented after a grisly event in ancient Greece. Back in around 500 BC, a Greek who won a wrestling match in the Olympic games celebrated by having a feast at his house. A man named Simonides gave a speech praising the wrestler, then he left the banquet hall. While he was out, the roof collapsed, crushing everyone inside. though the bodies of the guests were mangled beyond recognition, Simonides could remember where each person had been seated. By doing that, he could name all of the people who were at the feast. Knowing where each person was sitting helped him remember who was there. Ah ha! Simonides realized that he could use his imagination and a set of locations to help him remember other things. The trick you just learned is the same as Simonides's trick -- but you used places in your house instead of seats at a banquet table.
  • First, walk through your house and find 10 different places where you could put something. For instance, you could put something on the couch in the living room, the top of the TV set, on the counter in the kitchen, the refrigerator, the bathtub, your own bed, and so on. Choose any 10 places you like, but make sure that you can walk from one to the next easily and in the same order every time. Spend a little bit of time imagining yourself walking from one place to another, looking at each one. Make sure that you can remember all 10 places. Next, you'll click the GO button and look at the pictures on the next web page for two minutes.When you look at the pictures, imagine each object in one of the places in your house. For instance, maybe the bathtub was one of the places on your list. And suppose a duck was one of the things pictured on the next page. You could imagine a duck floating in the bathtub, surrounded by bubbles. The sillier the picture you imagine, the more likely you are to remember it.
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    1. 1. 5 th Grade Study Skills: VISUALIZATION as a memory aid Ms. Matthew
    2. 2. Memory Attitude Quiz <ul><li>Please fill out the questions on your sheet. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe how you feel about your ability to memorize information. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 3 minutes. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Look at these pictures for 2 minutes. Try to remember as many as you can . Picture Memory Quiz
    4. 4. Picture Memory Quiz <ul><li>On your sheet, list as many of the pictures as you can remember. </li></ul><ul><li>The order does not matter. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 3 minutes. </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Toilet paper </li></ul><ul><li>Tomatoes </li></ul><ul><li>Bread </li></ul><ul><li>Apples </li></ul><ul><li>Hamburger buns </li></ul><ul><li>6) Box of corn flakes </li></ul><ul><li>7) Lettuce </li></ul><ul><li>8) Cat food </li></ul><ul><li>9) Spaghetti </li></ul><ul><li>10) Ice cream </li></ul>Look at these words for 2 minutes. Try to remember as many as you can. Word Memory Quiz
    6. 6. Word Memory Quiz <ul><li>On your sheet, list as many of the words as you can remember. </li></ul><ul><li>The order does not matter. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 3 minutes. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Why Visualize?! <ul><li>Repeating only helps you remember for a very short time. </li></ul><ul><li>Your brain wants to make connections. That helps you remember things. </li></ul><ul><li>Creating pictures in your mind ( visualization ) is an effective way to remember! </li></ul>
    8. 8. Strategy #1: TELL YOURSELF A SILLY STORY!
    9. 9. <ul><li>Toilet paper </li></ul><ul><li>Tomatoes </li></ul><ul><li>Bread </li></ul><ul><li>Apples </li></ul><ul><li>Hamburger buns </li></ul><ul><li>6) Box of corn flakes </li></ul><ul><li>7) Lettuce </li></ul><ul><li>8) Cat food </li></ul><ul><li>9) Spaghetti </li></ul><ul><li>10) Ice cream </li></ul>Strategy #2: WALK AROUND YOUR HOUSE!
    10. 10. <ul><li>Either Walk Around Your House or </li></ul><ul><li>Tell Yourself A Silly Story to try to memorize these pictures. 2 mins. </li></ul>Try it!
    11. 11. Credit: <ul><li>www.exploratorium.edu </li></ul>
    12. 12. Memory Attitude Quiz <ul><li>Please fill out the questions on your sheet. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe how you feel about your ability to memorize information. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 3 minutes. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Picture Memory Quiz Look at these pictures for 2 minutes. Try to remember as many as you can .
    14. 14. Picture Memory Quiz <ul><li>On your sheet, list as many of the pictures as you can remember. </li></ul><ul><li>The order does not matter. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 3 minutes. </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Crust </li></ul><ul><li>Plate </li></ul><ul><li>Dirt </li></ul><ul><li>Rock </li></ul><ul><li>Fossil </li></ul><ul><li>6) Mantle </li></ul><ul><li>7) Syrup </li></ul><ul><li>8) Core </li></ul><ul><li>9) Iron </li></ul><ul><li>10) Nickel </li></ul>Look at these words for 2 minutes. Try to remember as many as you can. Word Memory Quiz
    16. 16. Word Memory Quiz <ul><li>On your sheet, list as many of the words as you can remember. </li></ul><ul><li>The order does not matter. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 3 minutes. </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Wow! You just used visualization to remember facts about the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>Starting from the surface and going in, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The outer layer of the earth is called the CRUST . It is broken into PLATES made of DIRT and ROCK (where FOSSILS are found). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Under that is the MANTLE , most of which is melted rock that moves like SYRUP . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The center of the earth is the CORE . It consists of IRON and NICKEL . </li></ul></ul>SURPRISE! YOU JUST USED VISUALIZATION TO LEARN NEXT WEEK’S SCIENCE LESSON

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