Why is this Important?
We are all born with 8 basic emotions. These include anger, sadness, fear, joy, interest, surprise, disgust, shame. The rest of it, however, we have to learn as we go!
This year, I have a handful of jokesters in my classroom. We’re talking sweet, amazingly wonderful children who have the best intentions. However, it came to my attention recently that they have NO idea when an appropriate time for a joke is, or even what kinds of jokes are appropriate.
Let’s teach our kids some compassion and tact, shall we?
How This Activity Works:
First of all, feel free to use this however you see fit with your class! Here’s how I did it - With this quick 20 minute lesson, students start by filling out the t-chart. I gave them 10 minutes to do this because I wanted them to really be thinking. I prompted those who had a hard time getting started by asking them to just start by thinking of a time in their day when it would be appropriate to tell a joke, and a time in the day when it would not be appropriate. Then, I prompted again by asking them to think of a time they remember laughing at a joke, and a time a joke made them uncomfortable. This really got them going. Once students had enough time to brainstorm, I asked for them to share with a partner. Then, we shared as a whole class and I documented all of their ideas as we discussed them in a t-chart.
I knew my students would have many questions after this activity, because they are so well-natured that they want to make sure they are doing right by those around them. I also knew many of them would be worried to ask these questions in front of the whole class. So, the last section is a place for students to write a confidential question to me. I told them they could then fold their paper, so that no one else sees their question. Be prepared - some of those questions were a tad heartbreaking, and just made me see exactly WHY we needed to do this! The next day, I conferenced individually with those kiddos who had great questions, and some of them even ended up seeing our school counselor about things that were brought up from this activity.
Students can also work through the other Joking activity prior to creating their t-chart. This should get their brains warmed up before diving in!
Please let me know if you have ANY questions about how to implement this quick activity in your classroom. I would love to help in anyway possible. If you and your students benefited from this activity, please leave a quick comment in the feedback section of my TpT page. Thank you so much for your download!