Winter Puns: Comprehension Activity

When reading, some students breeze over the words without truly understanding the meaning - missing many of the humorous lines that are weaved into the story. Popular authors often include puns as a way to capture and hold a reader's interest. Students love puns! 

A pun is a joke that takes advantage of different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but mean different things. 

Puns can be used to help your student become better readers and thinkers. After discussing what a pun is, ask the student to identify the word(s) used in the pun and the original word that was replaced in the pun.

Example: "Freeze a jolly good fellow." (freeze, for he's)

The word "freeze" was used instead of "for he's".

Note: If your student is working on screen reader tech skills, practice the command to navigate by line by line, pausing to think about each pun. With Puns 2, students can listen to the question and try to answer the question before navigating to the answer.

If the student is learning to use more advanced keyboard commands, then ask the student to underline, bold or highlight the word(s) in each sentence that creates the pun. 

Puns 1

  • There's snowplace like home.
  • I have a cold, it's snot funny.
  • If you're alone and get too cold, you might become ice-olated.
  • Love at frost sight.
  • I miss you snow much.
  • Ice to meet you.
  • I’m s-mitten.
  • Up to snow good…

Puns 2

  • How does a Snowman get to work?
    • By icicle.
  • What’s an ig?
    • A snow house without a loo!
  • What is it called when a snowman has a temper tantrum?
    • A meltdown!
  • What do you call a snowman with a six pack?
    • An abdominal snowman.
  • What time is it when little white flakes fall past the classroom window?
    • Snow and Tell
  • What is a mountains favorite type of candy?
    • Snow caps
  • What do you call a snowman that tells tall tales?
    • A snow-fake!
  • What do you call a snowman party?
    • A snowball
  • What did the snowman and his wife put over their baby's crib?
    • A snowmobile
  • What do Snowmen call their offspring?
    • chill-dren
  • what do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?
    • Frost bite
  • What is the favorite Mexican food of a snowman?
    • Brrr-itos
  • What kind of money do snowmen use at the North Pole?
    • Cold cash
  • What did the snowman order at Wendy's?
    • A Frosty
  • What sort of ball doesn't bounce?
    • A snowball!
  • How do Eskimos make their beds?
    • With sheets of ice and blankets of snow
  • How does a penguin build a house?
    • Igloos it together
  • Why did the boy keep his trumpet in the freezer?
    • Because he likes cool music
  • How does one snowman greet another?
    • Ice to meet you
  • What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
    • Frosted flakes
  • What do you call ten artic hares hopping backwards through the snow?
    • A receding hare line
  • Where does a snowman keep his money?
    • In a snow bank

Download Puns document here.