AUGUST – Humor in the Classroom – Week 1
The August 2019 National Day Calendar Classroom features Humor in the Classroom. We’re thrilled to kick off the year with a little fun since we know teaching can be a bit like camping…in tents!
While some schools started back already, others still have a couple of weeks to go of summer vacation. In either case, we want to be sure to give everyone a full year of projects and ideas to #CelebrateEveryDay!
Not only does telling a joke make people laugh, but it introduces new subjects in a light-hearted manner. For students who struggle with change, humor may relax them so they are ready to absorb the information.
Humor is also a social tool. Students who understand the social cues associated with humor and the appropriate ways to use it will be more successful.
Using wit with your students will also enhance their language skills. For example, incorporating puns during a lesson about homonyms, homophones, and homographs will help students to learn the different meanings and spellings of the words in fun and interactive ways.
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THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS
This week, we’ve included several different jokes to use in a variety of classroom settings. There’s even a PDF to print off for use in the classroom, too. We encourage educators to incorporate humor into their everyday style of teaching, not just on National Tell A Joke Day. We also have a quiz, crossword puzzle, and a word search related to National Tell A Joke Day that students can complete in class or take home to complete. All of our past puzzles, quizzes, and projects can be found on our main classroom page.
Q: What did the limestone say to the geologist?
A: Don’t take me for granite.
Q: How do you cut the sea in half?
A: With a see saw.
I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
Q. Why is 10 afraid of 7?
A. Because 7 8 9.
Q. Why isn’t advanced math intimidating?
A. It’s as easy as pi!
Q. Did you hear about the fraction who was skeptical about marrying a decimal?
A. He would have to convert.
Q. Why do plants hate math?
A. It gives them square roots.
Q. What did the teacher say to the cold student?
A. Stand in the corner. It’s always 90 degrees there.
Q. What did the acorn say when he grew up?
Q. Why do teenagers travel in groups of three?
A. Because they can’t even.
Language and Grammar
I’m close with 25 letters of the alphabet. I don’t know y.
You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish.
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
A boiled egg is hard to beat.
When you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen the mall.
A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.
Velcro. What a rip off!
Jokes about German sausage are the worst.
I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
You’ll be stuck in your debt if you can’t budge it.
Q. Who invented fractions?
A. Henry the 1/8th.
Q. Who succeeded the first President of the USA?
A. The second one.
Q. Why did the student miss history class?
A. He had the wrong date.
Q. What explorer was the best athlete?
A. Marco Polo.
Q. Why did the Pilgrims cross the Atlantic in the Mayflower?
A. It was too far to swim.
Q. Why did the king draw such straight lines?
A. He was a ruler.
Q. Why did Columbus cross the ocean?
A. To get to the other tide.
Q. Where does the president keep his papers?
A. In his Cabinet
Q. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A. On the bottom.
Q. What did they wear to the Boston Tea Party?