Memory Skills Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Help your students understand and improve memory skills with this lesson plan. Two video lessons are used to teach students aspects of memory. Hands-on activities support instruction and questions and a quiz are used to measure understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define memory
  • explain types of memory with examples


1 hour for the lesson plus additional time for the activity


  • Objects gathered around the room, both familiar and unfamiliar to students
  • Blanket or table cloth
  • Large tray or table/desk top
  • Access to technology
  • Materials as requested by students

Key Vocabulary

  • Memory
  • Recognition
  • Depth of processing/level of processing
  • Recall
  • Cued recall
  • Free recall
  • Prospective recall
  • Long-term memory
  • Declarative memory
  • Semantic memory
  • Episodic memory
  • Procedural memory
  • Implicit memory

Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

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