Pun Definition and Examples

Pun Definition and Examples

This figurative language lesson on puns includes a free organizer and digital resources. Students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades will love these fun activities. This lesson covers the definition with examples appropriate for upper elementary students.


A pun is a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that 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

  • I am a baker because I knead the dough.
    • Dough – a mixture used to make bread, cookies, etc. OR money

  • It’s pointless to write with a broken pencil.
    • Pointless – needless OR without a point, as in broken

  • What do you call a sleeping bull? — A bulldozer.
    • Dozer – a person who sleeps OR a vehicle with a power shovel

  • I was struggling to figure out how lightning works when it struck me.
    • Struck – hit forcefully OR to occur to someone

  • What was the reporter doing at the ice cream shop? — Getting the scoop!
    • Scoop – the amount of something that is held in a scoop OR to report a news story before any other newspaper

  • What do you get from a pampered cow? — Spoiled milk.
    • Spoiled – to lose freshness OR to give someone everything that they want

Free Pun Activities

Free Mini Lesson on Puns: Includes a Video, Slides, and Printables

Pun Free Video Lesson with Organizer

Introduction to Puns:

This lesson introduces students to puns, serving as a fun vocabulary-building exercise for upper elementary and middle school students.

Interactive Learning:

Students begin by watching a video explaining the definition and providing pun examples. They then pause the video to complete a digital or printable organizer. Afterward, they resume the video to check their responses, reinforcing their understanding of puns.

Pun Lesson with Digital and Printable Organizers


These activities are designed as individual lessons, making them perfect for assigning through Google Classroom. This setup ensures students can work independently and revisit the material as needed.

Check out the lesson video here. Be sure to get the handout first. It contains the organizer that goes with the video.

Video Lesson
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Want to Dig Deeper?


 Activity #1

In this “10 Tearable Puns” activity, students explain the meanings of puns.


Activity #2

Have students use homophones to write jokes containing puns. This great vocabulary builder teaches students to use words in context. This free printable includes homophone cards on pages 9 and 10 to get students started.


Activity #3

This link takes you to “Jokes in English for the ESL/EFL Classroom.” You can incorporate the list of jokes containing puns on this site into your lesson.


Activity #4 Pun of the Day

Start each class with a “Pun of the Day” to get students thinking about puns and set a lighthearted tone for the lesson.

Pun of the Day Examples

Why did the scarecrow win an award?

He was outstanding in his field.

What do you call fake spaghetti?

An impasta

Why don’t skeletons fight each other?

They don’t have the guts.

What’s orange and sounds like a parrot?

A carrot

Why did the math book look sad?

It had too many problems.

What do you call an alligator in a vest?

An investigator

Why are ghosts bad at lying?

Because they are too transparent

What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?


Why did the bicycle fall over?

It was two-tired.

What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?

Nacho cheese

Activity #5 Fun Comic Strips or Advertisements

Have students create comic strips or advertisements that include puns. This activity combines visual arts with language arts and encourages creativity.

Pun Cartoon Example

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Pun Advertisement

Create Eye-Catching Punny Advertisements!

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In summary, puns are a clever and entertaining way to play with language, using words with multiple meanings or similar sounds to create humorous effects. By exploring examples from jokes, everyday conversations, and literature, students will learn to recognize and appreciate the humor and wit in puns.

Take advantage of the free mini-lesson with a video, slides, and printables to introduce these concepts in your classroom. For further practice and engagement, refer to the additional activities and suggestions in the blog post. Happy teaching, and may your students enjoy the playful world of puns!

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Gay Miller

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