Jokes in the classroom
14.04.2021

Jokes in the classroom

Teaching tip

There are lots of ways you can use jokes in the classroom – try one of these!

 

1 Group dictation
Find a longer joke, break it into lines on separate strips. Give one line to each student and then ask them to read it out in sequence. For example:

a A man goes into a cafe and sees a small dog lying on the floor.
b He says to the assistant, ‘Is your dog friendly?’
c The assistant replies, ‘She’s very friendly.’
d The man strokes the dog and the dog bites him.
e ‘You said your dog was friendly!’
f ‘That’s not my dog.’

2 Muddled jokes
Cut the joke into strips (see tip 1) but this time give pairs of students all the pieces and ask them to arrange the joke in the correct order. Read out the complete joke to check.

3 Surprising answers
Ask students to write down five things that you can see and touch (flowers, a table, a pair of trousers, a snake, a car for example.)
Read out sentences with missing words:
Last year, my garden was full of …….   
For Christmas, my mother would really like a …..  
I couldn’t believe my eyes! I opened the fridge and there was a ….

In turn students complete the sentence using one of the words on their list.
Ask students to write a sentence with a missing word.

4 Pairs
Use the beginning and end of a joke to make pairs in the classroom.
A: Why did the chicken cross the road?
B: To get to the other side.

5 Tenses
Find a joke that uses different tenses and make options for each tense. See the example below.
A man was driving/drove down the road when a policeman was stopping/stopped him. The officer was looking/looked in the back of the man’s truck and said, “Why are these penguins in your truck?”
The man replied, “These are my penguins. They belong to me.”
“You need to take them to the zoo,” the policeman said.
The next day, the officer was seeing/saw the same guy driving down the road. He was pulling/pulled him over again. He saw the penguins were still in the truck, but they were wearing/wore sunglasses this time. “I told you to take these penguins to the zoo!” the officer said.
“I did,” the man replied. “And today I’m taking them to the beach.”

6 Find a joke
Ask students to look on the Internet and find a joke to bring in to the class. (Be prepared for some groans!)

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