Ever have a student who continually defaults to inappropriate behavior when trying to make kids laugh? Especially when they are meeting a new student and they are trying to show off? They do so by making passing gas noises or random weird sounds or repeating silly things? This lesson demonstrates the difference between laughing AT and laughing WITH someone. We explain that really when you make weird noises or repeat words, peers will probably laugh but laugh AT you (we do also explain ”nervous laughing”). They do so because they think it is funny but do not use this as a base for friendship and instead they may wind up avoiding you. They don’t care if you get in trouble. Even though they laugh and want you to do it, you may wind up being the person in trouble. However, when you tell a joke or a funny story, peers will probably be laughing WITH you. They remember this and use this as a connection
for friendship. We use perspective taking and thought bubbles to show what peers think when using noises or repeating words to try and be funny. Finally we use graphic organizers to show the difference in laughing with and at. Additionally a t-chart explaining the differences is given.