Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Joke (Books) in Nonfiction

They are also underrated in that realm.  They are part of the 800's and can be a great way to get younger students into the Dewey Decimal.  In fact, the one series I find to be popular with 1st-5th grade is Michael Dahl's Read-It! Joke Books.  I have my 5th graders reading me jokes out of that book every couple of checkout days.  It never seems to matter to my kids how easy a book looks if it is funny.  You can get a preview of the books here.

Joke books are also a good way to teach partner work, fluency, and giving students think time.  When I was teaching the 3rd grade about the 818 section, I modeled reading aloud jokes and asking for students to guess what the answer could be.  This provided them with a safe environment to not have the correct answer because almost the whole class wanted to guess.  I then asked them to read jokes aloud to each other and they would wait for their classmates to come up with an answer if no answer was guessed right away. 

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1 comment:

  1. Just found you. Great inspiration here!
    I'm envisioning placing a couple of joke books with shelf talkers at the circulation desk, so kids can read/share jokes aloud as they wait.