Bringing jokes into the maths classroom can not only create a great atmosphere it can test pupils understand or even more revealing can they think ‘outside the box’.
Mr Barton has a great collection of maths jokes on his site, from those useful at keystage 3, 4 and 5. Here is a great forum chat from TES registered teachers with great contributions of maths jokes. Check out Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks.
Jokes for KS3
What did the zero say to the eight?… Nice belt
Jokes for KS4
What did the eight say to the infinity?….Are you drunk again?
“What did the circle say to the tangent?………..Eeee stop touching me!”
My all time favourite and incorporated into a free collect a joke surds classroom activity (see here)
I was in a queue for a night club when these two guys in front of me started arguing. The first guy pushed the second and said “four, nine”. The second guy pushed back and said “sixteen and twenty-five”. The next thing the bouncer was on his walkie talkie and he said “I need some back up at the door, there are two blokes here squaring up to each other”.
My year 11 class gave me some stick about that one, but I know they were laughing really!
Jokes for A’ Level/Adults
Check out #mathjokes on twitter for math jokes, be warned not all are suitable for pupils and like all twitter matters content can be varied.