Metric Units: Math Mnemonic
This mnemonic has been around as long as I can remember, but the original source is unknown. We tweaked it a bit to make it more fun and added motion. This product includes a condensed page for teachers, a poster for students (for classroom display or an interactive notebook resource), and a script for teachers to explain mnemonic motions to students.
MOTION IS ESSENTIAL! Movement increases oxygen and epinephrine flow to the brain, captures student focus, grows brain cells, and enhances cognitive processing. Mnemonics are most effective when repeated seven times in an initial lesson and then reviewed every day throughout a unit. If you see it, hear it, do it, and repeat-you will remember it. Most importantly, IT MAKES LEARNING FUN!
King, Henry, Died-, helps students remember kilo-, hecto-, deca-, Base is a reminder that any metric unit (grams, liters, or meters) can be placed in this space to represent 1 . Drinking, Chocolate, Milk- is the reminder for deci-, centi-, mili- metric units. To help students remember the difference between deca- and deci- we remember that "a" comes before "i", so deca- is the first D in this mnemonic.
Check out our Flying Pig blog: Dance, Jump, Fly, Soar which highlights The Flying Pig YouTube Video showing you how the Metric Units Mnemonic works: The Flying Pig Blog: The Importance of Motion
ENJOY! -The Flying Pig