Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Did you know there was actually a Joke Day?  It’s July 1st, but most of you won’t be in school then.  So, how about choosing another day before the end of the year to tell jokes?  And, no joke, but here are a few standards you can reinforce as you laugh with your students!

Double meanings of words
Oral language
Confidence speaking in front of a group
Questions and statements
Memorization (develops short term memory)

*Check out joke books from the library and read them to the class.  If someone doesn’t “get it,” ask another student to explain it.  When one student “thinks out loud” and explains their thought process it can help another child scaffold to a higher level.

*Send a note home on Monday explaining that you will have “Joke Show and Share” on Friday.  Ask each parent to help their child practice a joke that they can say.  (I’d also include the skills children can learn from jokes.)

*Check out free websites where you can get jokes for kids.  There’s also several free apps you can download.  (K.J. loves the free “Knock Knock Jokes for Kids.”)
*Let your students make a class book of jokes.  Each child can write a joke, and then illustrate the answer under a flap as shown.

If you’re curious about the riddles in the photo, Pamela Pounds shared them with me. 
If the alphabet goes from A to Z, what goes from Z to A?  Zebra
Why did the chicken cross the playground?  To get to the other slide.