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My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny: Teaching Notes

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my-dad-still-thinks-he-s-funny My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny
Katrina Germein
Illustrations by Tom Jellett

My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny
Book Review

My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny: Question Time!

Before Reading:
Ask, What kinds of things do you like to do with your dad? What makes your dad special? Does your dad say funny things?
Look at the cover. What can you see? What is the dad doing? Why is this funny?

During Reading:
Ask and explain to children what the jokes mean to confirm comprehension. What are the pictures showing?

After Reading:
Which joke did you like the best? Were there any that you didn’t understand? Do you think the boy likes his dad’s jokes? Why or why not? What did the boy do at the end?

My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny: Learning Time!

– Research different kinds of jokes, riddles, puns, pranks, limericks, etc. Make your own joke book with your favourites.
– Design and create a set of character cards, each with a character and a funny saying or punned or alliterated name. Eg. Garbage Pail Kids. Illustrate. Make lots and swap them with your friends! We brainstormed some well known book / tv characters.
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– Create an advertisement with an engaging catch phrase about a product for dads.
– Write a hilarious story about a boy / girl and their dad. What jokes can you include? What are the humorous events that take place?

– Comprehension: Understanding different kinds of jokes.
Fill in the blanks. Eg. ‘I suggest chicken for dinner. Dad says,_____ _____’,
my dad still thinks he's funny dinner
‘Who’s the bully who ___ the cream? They probably beat the ____ as well.’
my dad still thinks he's funny cake

– Read other books about dads:
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein
Kisses for Daddy by Frances Watts
I Love My Daddy by Emma Dodd
My Dad is Brilliant by Nick Butterworth
Some Dads by Nick Bland
My Dad’s the Coolest by Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley
My Dad is a Bear by Nicola Connelly &nbsp

Arts / Crafts.
Tie templates from Activity Village.
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21 Ideas for Father’s Day.

I say, ”What’s the time?” and Dad says, ”Time to get a watch.”
– Father’s Day Crafts: Pocket Watch Accordion
Make this gorgeous pocket watch accordion in a few simple steps:
1. From a 12’x12′ sheet, divide into three equal strips.
2. Fold each piece to make three squares (x3).
3. Glue ends together to make a long strip. Fold like an accordion.
4. Cut the corners rounded, keeping one corner to loop the ribbon.
5. Pierce a hole through the corner on every page.
6. Using a sticky tape roll, trace around the outer side onto paper for the backing circles x6. Cut out and glue inside.
7. Using the inner side of the sticky tape roll, trace onto your photos and kids’ drawings x6. Cut out and glue.
8. Decorate the front as desired. Loop through a long piece of ribbon, long enough to fit more than the entire length of open accordion.
9. Make a knot at the end of the ribbon at the back of the accordion. Tie accordion closed with two ribbon ends.
There you have it! Hope you have the time of your lives!
Check out some other themes!
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– Pocket watch accordion in shell:
– Toilet roll watches from Red Ted Art:

When Gran tells me there’s something special about me, Dad says, ”Yeah, that’s his father.”
– Make dad a special card for Father’s Day.
Check out this awesome shirt card here:
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Outdoor Activities.
Grandpa tells me I’ve grown a foot. Days says, ”How many has he got now?”
– Have a three-legged race with your dad. Race against family members or friends and their dads. See Mathematics activities.
I say that no one can ride my bike and Dad says, ”No one’s not here so I’ll have her turn.”
– Ride your bike with your family and friends.

I say that I need a haircut soon and Dad says, ”Fetch me the lawnmower.”
– Help dad in the garden, mowing the lawn, pulling out weeds, planting new plants.

Grandpa tells me I’ve grown a foot. Dad says, ”How many has he got now?”
Three-Legged Race Maths:
3-legged race
– Set up your race track. Where does it start and end? How many pairs of athletes will compete? How will you measure the time?
– Allocate each pair with a number, colour, shape or picture to identify teams.
– Number.
Counting – how many people are racing?
Addition – adding each pair (counting by 2s) to reach total.
Subtraction – if one pair falls down, how many pairs are left racing?
Multiplication – how many groups of two? How many legs?
Order placement. Who came first, second, third in your three-legged race?
– Measure of Time. How many minutes / seconds did the winner take from start to end?
– Measure of Length. How far in metres / other units of measure is the track from start to end?
– Space. Use prepositional language to describe where each pair is located at different points in the race. For example, Pair 1 are racing next to Pair 2. Pair 2 are coming up behind Pair 3. Pair 3 are in front of Pair 2, and so on.
– Understand and coordinate left and right foot. Keep in rhythm with your partner.
– Problem solving. Find solutions to given problems about the race. For example, if Pair 1 were behind Pair 2, but Pair 3 were coming last, then who will win the race?
– Graphing. On a bar or picture graph, mark the results of first, second and third places against the time it took them to finish the race. Or, graph results of how many times each pair fell over! (x being racers, y being number of times they fell over).

Measuring Height.
Units of measure: centimetres, metres, feet, inches.
Language: tall, taller than, short, shorter than, equal to, longer, high, higher than, lower than.
Materials: rulers, books, things around the room.
Measure your height on a chart, or walk around the room and measure how tall you are in comparison to the door, window, bed, table, ceiling, etc. Use appropriate vocabulary, for example, I am taller than the chair, I am as tall as the door handle, and so on.
Have a partner trace around your body on large butcher paper. Cut out. Use different measuring units to measure the height of your whole body, arm, leg, head, etc. Use materials like blocks, crayons, ruler, popsticks, etc.
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Mum says to have the juice in the fridge and Dad says, ”I can’t fit in there!”
Units of measure: milliletre, litre, cups, teaspoon, tablespoon.
Explore a range of containers and boxes, and units of measure. How many cups of water / teaspoons of rice / blocks, etc fit in each? Estimate and measure. Record results.
Unit of measure: people.
How many people can fit in… a large box? A tent? A square metre? A reading corner?, and so on.
my dad volume

Photography and lessons by Romi Sharp, 2014.
All sourced resources have been given credit.
These may be used for personal or classroom use, and are not permitted for commercial use.

My Dad Still Thinks He's Funny
Available for purchase from Fishpond ($29.95 + free shipping)

My Dad STILL Think He’s Funny
Available for purchase from Boomerang Books ($22.46 + $6.95 shipping per order)

Author: Romi Sharp

Qualified teacher, copywriter, reviewer, picture book writer and fanatic, acting publicist to the book stars, and constantly immersed in the world of children's literature. Founder of Books On Tour PR & Marketing, Just Write For Kids and My Little Story Corner.

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