Building Auditory Memory Skills with I Heard a Mixed Up Word

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2nd - 4th, Homeschool
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AUDITORY MEMORY - Building Auditory Memory Skills with I Heard a Mixed Up Word

When you help your struggling learner improve auditory memory and listening skills you may also notice a variety of academic improvements as a result.

For Instance:
● Reading and remembering phonics rules become easier.
● Reading comprehension may improve.
● Following directions may no longer be such a source of stress and frustration (for the student, the teacher and the parents).

If you aren’t sure if your child or student has a hidden auditory memory challenge, I recommend that you start with the precursor to I Heard a Mixed Up Word called Repeat After Me.

If you’ve already progressed through that activity and are ready to take auditory skill building to the next level, I Heard a Mixed Up Word is a fun way to do so.

You’ll also find these AUDITORY MEMORY activity pages for kids bundled in a larger e-book here:

Building Auditory Memory Skills THE BOOK

I Heard a Mixed Up Word, designed specifically to be parent friendly, is a simple tool to implement. Use it either at home with your own struggling student, in educational therapy settings, or in the classroom. Teachers, this is a great tool you can share with your aides, your volunteers, or to suggest to parents for use at home. You can even add I Heard a Mixed Up Word to a listening station, if you’ve got one.

Using the word lists and thorough instructions provided, you the instructor read out loud the letter names of a mixed up word. Students use one of three separate modalities: Write It, Show It, or Repeat It (discussed in further detail) to first remember the letters, then unscramble the mixed up word to create a real word.

Not only does this activity improve auditory memory but it develops stronger working memory and visualization skills in a fun, engaging way.

Words are provided in lists of 3, 4, and 5 letters long. They are based on common first grade level words, which means most students beyond first grade should be familiar with them. Use the included Master Word List for a quick review of words prior to beginning. If you’d like you may use the included blank template to create custom word lists of your own! Weekly spelling list reinforcement, perhaps?


● Cover
● Introduction – with detailed instructions, strategies and teacher tips
● 3-Letter Word Lists
● 4-Letter Word Lists
● 5-Letter Word Lists
● Custom Word List Template
● Master Word List - for word recognition review
● Unscramble Me Sheet - for the “Write It” portion of this activity
● Progress Tracking Chart (optional)
● Print & Cut Alphabet Tiles (optional – you may use Scrabble or other alphabet tiles instead)
● Strategically placed blank pages for easy duplex printing
● Thank You from Inner Pieces Gallery

If you are looking for additional auditory memory practice to help elevate student learning, consider the following:

Building Visual Memory Skills with Shape Recall

Building Visual Memory Skills with Number Recall

Although designed initially for visual memory, both activities above work just as well for auditory memory skill-building. Here’s another fun one:

Graph Art for Auditory Memory, An Art-for-Brains Activity

Plus discover fun freebies at:

© 2015 Inner Pieces Gallery. Not for commercial use. Available for personal or single classroom use only. (School libraries and specialist classrooms included as “single classroom.”)
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