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Fun Size: Cartoon Mnemonics Teacher notes

Introduction Learning outcomes
Using mnemonics is a traditional prompt to learning. Here are some based on the Names of planets and their order from the
order of the planets that can be remembered by a cartoon illustration. Sun.

Running the activity Where the activity fits in
Photocopy the activity worksheet. Use printouts of pictures of the planets as Solar System
illustrations with the activity. QCA Unit 7L

Safety Group work, literacy, knowledge, creativity.
Not applicable.

More ideas Acknowledgements
Use these methods to learn about other physical phenomena. Please send your ideas for mnemonics or
other fun size activities to for
inclusion on future CD ROMs.

ASE CDROM Resources – ‘Is there life?’
Cartoon Mnemonic

A mnemonic is a rhyme or saying that helps you remember a list of words in order.

For example, “Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain” is used to remember the colours
of the visible spectrum of light (or the rainbow).

Use the first letters of the words and you get:


Planets mnemonic

The order of the planets from the Sun outwards is:
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. 

Here are three mnemonics, but they are hard to remember – draw a cartoon
about the mnemonic to help you remember.

1. Most Volcanoes Erupt Mouldy Jam Sandwiches Under Normal Pressure

2. My Very Elderly Mother Just Sits Under Nut Plants

3. My Vessel Emptied Marmalade Jam Suddenly Upon Nana’s Pinny


x Make up a better mnemonic than these.
x Make up a mnemonic that includes the Sun and the asteroids.
x Draw a cartoon for one of your mnemonics 

ASE CD ROM Resources – ‘Is there life?’