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Memory and Learning

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, Ph.D., Barbara Tharp, M.S., Judith Dresden, M.S., Katherine Taber, Ph.D., and Leslie Miller, Ph.D.
Memory and Learning
  • Grades:
  • 3-5

The Memory and Learning Teacher's Guide enables students to discover how their brains store and retrieve information, and subsequently, how to be more effective learners.

Students discover there are different types of learning, compare different strategies for memorizing information, experience how a new motor skill improves with practice, learn about short- and long-term memories, use the sense of touch to learn a new task, read four essays about successful people who have overcome learning difficulties, and analyze their own memories. The unit’s inquiry-based activities give students an opportunity to answer the following questions.

  1. How Do We Learn? - What are different ways to learn something?

  2. Strategies to Remember - Are there strategies to improve memorization?

  3. Practice Makes Memories - What kind of memory is involved with motor skills?

  4. Memorable Moments - How is knowledge transferred from short- to long-term memory?

  5. A-Mazed - Can a complex process of learning be solved by using the sense of touch?

  6. Profiles in Learning - How have successful people overcome their learning difficulties?

  7. What's Your Story? - How did you acquire your favorite memory?

The Memory and Learning Teacher's Guide is designed to complement the other integrated components of the Memory and Learning unit: Danger at Rocky River: A Memorable Misadventure (storybook); Memory and Learning Explorations (student magazine); and Memory and Learning: The Reading Link (language arts worksheet activities related to the storybook).

The activities are most appropriate for use with students in grades 3–5, but they are easily adaptable for other grade levels. The guide also is available in print format.


Download the Memorable Moments game board which has been formatted as a one-page file (11-in. x 17-in.).

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Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: R25 RR09833

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