A pun is a joke misusing the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings.
Here are a couple of examples:
A chicken farmer’s favorite car is a coupe.
She had a photographic memory but never developed it.
More Examples of Puns
Free Pun Activities
This lesson introduces students to the concept of puns. This mini lesson is a vocabulary building exercise for upper elementary and middle school students.
In this mini lesson, students watch the video. The video goes over the definition and a couple examples. Next students pause the video to complete either the digital or printable organizer. After completing the organizer, students continue watching the video to check their responses. This activity makes a great introduction to a lesson on puns.
Activities in this free series are set up as individual lessons making them great to assign through Google Classroom. Click here to download the free activities from Google Drive. This link takes you to the digital version which contains the video lesson. Here you will find the printable version.
Want to Dig Deeper?
In this “10 Tearable Puns” activity, students explain the meanings of puns.
Have students use homophones to write jokes containing puns. This is a great vocabulary builder as well as teaching students to use words in context. This free printable contains a set of homophone cards on pages 9 and 10 to get students started.
This link takes you to “Jokes in English for the ESL/EFL Classroom.” The list of jokes containing puns found at this site can be incorporated into your lesson.