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The Mysteries of Memory: Memorization Techniques That Work

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Loraine Woodard

Loraine Woodard

Berkeley, California


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access (one for each student)

  • Overhead projector

  • Any 20 small unrelated objects for the Memory Party Game in Session 3

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1. Make a copy for each student of the Mysteries of Memory Worksheet and the Mysteries of Memory Student Grading Rubric.

2. Print out one copy of the Mysteries of Memory Worksheet: Teacher's Guide as a teacher's reference. Use this guide to familiarize yourself with the website Exploratorium: The Memory Exhibition.

3. Make an overhead transparency of the Graphic Organizer to fill out during class discussion. Print out a copy of the Graphic Organizer: Teacher's Guide to use as a teacher's reference.

4. Collect 20 small objects appropriate for use in the Memory Party Game and familiarize yourself with the procedure for playing the game.

5. Schedule access to student computers with Internet access for Sessions 1 and 2, and bookmark the site Exploratorium: The Memory Exhibition on the computers.

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