Memory Tricks: Mnemonics for the US Cabinet Departments

While tutoring this week, I had to help a middle school student prepare for a test in his social studies/ US Civics class on the Executive Branch.  One of the requirements for this test was to be able to identify each branch of the US Cabinet.  We both attempted to list them off the top of our heads, but naturally were short a few.  Thus, I decided to search how other teachers and tutors have helped students memorize all the branches; sure enough- there was a mnemonic!  Not only does it provide a way to list each department, but also in the order of their establishment.

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  • State
  • Treasury
  • Defense
  • Justice
  • Interior
  • Agriculture
  • Commerce
  • Labor
  • Health & Human Services
  • Housing & Urban Development
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Education
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Homeland Security

Learn more about the history of this particular mnemonic device here.