Mrs. Riley Bought Five Itchy Aardvarks and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing Science Facts: Adventures in Memory

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With so many things to remember and so little time, what's a kid to do? Brian P. Cleary has come up with a whole book of tips for how to tackle tricky science facts. This book is bursting with mnemonic devices, poems, songs, and more. Need to keep track of the order of the planets? Mel can help. As in: Mel's Very Excited Ma Just Served Us Nachos. How about photosynthesis? Sing a song about it to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"! Brian also explains how kids can use the ideas in the book to create their very ...

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Overview

With so many things to remember and so little time, what's a kid to do? Brian P. Cleary has come up with a whole book of tips for how to tackle tricky science facts. This book is bursting with mnemonic devices, poems, songs, and more. Need to keep track of the order of the planets? Mel can help. As in: Mel's Very Excited Ma Just Served Us Nachos. How about photosynthesis? Sing a song about it to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"! Brian also explains how kids can use the ideas in the book to create their very own memory tricks.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

A brief introductory chapter defines mnemonics, illustrates a few of the techniques with widely known examples, and encourages readers to begin developing their own. With no further jargon, the remaining chapters apply these strategies to random scientific facts in the areas of "Earth and Space Science," "Physical Science," "Life Science," and "The Scientific Method." Acronyms, acrostic sentences, visualizations, rhymes, songs, and even a pseudo theatrical script are all demonstrated. Readers can learn how to remember simple facts such as that the Earth orbits the Sun and the Moon orbits the Earth, or more challenging information such as the elements of the Mohs hardness scale. A brief background paragraph in a contrasting white box introduces the scientific information. Occasional "Read On" and "Extra Credit" inserts provide more detail or recommend further reading. Colorful cartoons match the lightheartedness of the presentation. Teachers will find several examples useful during related lessons, though in some cases the examples require more memorization than the facts themselves. Further reading and glossary entries focus on the scientific background presented, rather than on mnemonics.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822578192
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Adventures in Memory Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 961,174
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, now a 13-volume set with more than 2 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical™ series and the single titles Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book and The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

J.P. Sandy is the illustrator of The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor and Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay. He has been creating cartoons and humorous illustrations for newspapers, magazines, and greeting cards for more than 25 years. Mr. Sandy lives in Rocky River, Ohio, with his wife, two sons, and a dog.

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