It's a Laughing Matter

Posted by Teresa M. on Apr 15, 2015 10:17:13 PM

Pupils In Class Using Digital Tablet With Teacher

Knock--Knock--Who's There? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad you've heard this joke before.

Higher level thinking skills can be developed through exposure to jokes and riddles. If you haven't considered them as a teaching tool, you may want to start if your students meet the following criteria.

Prior skills needed to "get" the jokes

  1. Understanding and mastery of spoken or written language
  2. Significant background knowledge for the joke

Classroom Ideas

  • Hang "funny" posters in your classroom
  • Have a riddle or joke of the day
  • Allow students to bring in their own jokes or riddles
  • Allow students to create their own jokes and riddles and share them
  • Read the comics section of the paper
  • Find age appropriate resources

Big Universe Resources

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 6.59.01 PMGuess Again!

Christy Hale (author), Christy Hale (illustrator) SBN: 9780874837308

This is one of my favorite resources that I have used with my students. From the publisher, "this lyrical picture book of 20 clever riddles challenges young readers to use their imagination to solve the word and picture puzzles."

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 7.03.25 PMHappy Birthday to Whooo?

Doris Fisher (author), Lisa Downey (illustrator) ISBN: 9781607180104

From the publisher, "Babies come in all shapes and sizes and are welcomed into all kinds of families. This clever book of baby announcement riddles will have children giggling as they use the various text and illustrated clues to guess what baby was just born. The riddles introduce the life cycle of 12 different animals.The "For Creative Minds" section was vetted for accuracy by educators at the Houston Zoo and includes an "It's a Numbers Game" activity, information on animal families, fun facts about the 12 animals in the riddles, and a "Design a Birth Announcement" craft for a new pet or sibling."

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 7.04.56 PMGrin and Bear It

Leo Landry (author), Leo Landry (illustrator) ISBN: 9781570917455

From the publisher, "Bear dreams of becoming a comedian. His jokes are unbearably funny, and he wants nothing more than to make his friends laugh. But Bear has a problem. He has stage fright. When Emmy, the comic hummingbird, discovers Bear's jokes, Bear learns that there's more than one way to achieve your dream. Told in seven short chapters."

You don't need to be a stand-up comedian to get a laugh out of your students. When you get a chuckle from a student, just remember they are using higher level thinking to "get" the joke!


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