Joke of the Week: What time do you go to the dentist?

by Laurie Laurendeau on March 8, 2012

Children LOVE telling jokes.  Kids often tell a joke and giggle hysterically, but often they don’t really understand why the joke is even funny.  That is because most jokes are play-on-words, or they are funny because a word in the joke might have two meanings, or the word could be a homonym.  Being able to interpret multiple meanings of words is an important reading comprehension skill. So, why not encourage your child’s love of joke-telling, and make it an educational experience at the same time?!

JOKE: What time do you go to the dentist?

ANSWER: Two-thirty!

EXPLANATION:  The time is two-thirty (2:30), but it also sounds like “tooth hurty”, and of course, if your tooth is hurting, you would need to go to the dentist!

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