Monday, October 7, 2013


Jokes, riddles, and knock-knocks are a great way to develop children’s sense of humor as well as language standards (Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases…). 

*You might want to choose one joke each day and read it together.  Invite children to “think out loud” and explain their interpretation to classmates.  This will enable children who “don’t get it” to scaffold to a higher level. 

*Write these on a chart and practice reading together.  (Reading Foundations-Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.)
*Make a class book where children write and illustrate jokes and riddles.  (Writing Standards)  Lunch bags are good for knock-knock jokes and flaps with the answer underneath work well for riddles.

*Encourage each child to learn a joke that they can share with their classmates.  (Speaking and Listening Standards)  Let children decorate craft sticks with their names and put them in a “Joke Can.”  When you have a few extra minutes, choose a stick and let that child tell a joke to the class.

Note!  “Bat” you’ll “scream” for some of these Halloween jokes!  However, you can use riddles all year long.  Non-holiday jokes are plentiful on the internet.

What do ghosts put on their cereal in the morning?
“Boo” berries and “boo”nanas.

What do you get when you take the inside out of a hotdog?
A “hollow” weenie.

What are the birds giving out for Halloween this year?

Why was the baby ghost sad?
He wanted his “mummy.”

What did the boy ghost say to the girl ghost?
You sure are “boo” tiful!

How do you make a witch itch?
You take away the W.

What pants do ghosts wear?
BOO jeans.

What do ghosts serve for dessert?
I scream!

What did one jack-o-lantern say to the other jack-o-lantern 
on their way to the party?
Let’s get “glowing”!

Why do witches fly around on broomsticks?
Because their vacuum cleaners are too heavy.

What did the little ghost say to his mom?
“I’ve got a boo boo!”

How do you make a skeleton laugh?
Tickle it’s funny bone.

Why did the vampires cancel their baseball game?
Because they couldn’t find their bats.

Where do baby ghosts go during the day?
DaySCARE centers.

Who did Frankenstein take to the party?
His ghoul friend.

How do you mend a broken jack-o-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch.

What’s a ghost’s favorite party game?
Hide and go shriek!

What do baby ghosts wear on their feet?

This could go on and on….but I think you get the idea!  How about a few knock knocks?

Knock knock! 
Who's there?

Boo who? 

I didn’t mean to make you cry.

Knock knock! 

Who's there?
Frank who?

Knock knock! 

Who's there?
Orange who?

Orange you glad it's Halloween?

Knock Knock!
Who’s there?
Olive.  Olive who?
Olive Halloween!

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Wanda.  Wanda who?
Wanda go for a ride on my broomstick?

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Phillip.  Phillip who?
Phillip my bag with candy.

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Ben.  Ben who?
Ben waiting for Halloween all year.