Why was the geometry book so adorable? Because it had acute angles.
Okay…I admit that was corny, but we all know math isn’t always the most exciting subject to teach. That means you have to find strategies to make lessons fun, like gamification in the classroom, math puzzles. or — in this case — math jokes that will lighten the mood and brighten the vibe in your classroom.
And besides, the best math jokes can actually help teach concepts from math lessons. Just think of the possibilities: Students can use these jokes as devices to remember how to solve different math problems!
Here are 101 math jokes for kids to make your lessons more fun.
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- I saw my math teacher with a piece of graph paper yesterday.
I think he must be plotting something.
- What did the triangle say to the circle?
— Children's Choice (@CCPedDent) October 26, 2015
- How does a mathematician plow fields?
With a pro-tractor.
- What’s a math teacher’s favorite kind of tree?
- Parallel lines have so much in common …
It’s a shame they’ll never meet.
- What do you call more than one L?
- Why wasn’t the geometry teacher at school?
Because she sprained her angle.
- I had an argument with a 90° angle.
It turns out it was right.
- Did you hear about the over-educated circle?
It has 360°!
- What shape is usually waiting for you inside a Starbucks?
- Why doesn’t anybody talk to circles?
Because there’s no point.
- Why was the obtuse triangle always upset?
Because it’s never right.
- What do geometry teachers have decorating their floor?
- What do mathematicians do after a snowstorm?
Make snow angles!
- Why did the mathematician spill all of his food in the oven?
The directions said, “Put it in the oven at 180°”.
- Why was math class so long?
The teacher kept going off on a tangent.
Multiplication and division jokes
- Why did the student do multiplication problems on the floor?
The teacher told him not to use tables.
- Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers?
He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them.
- How do you solve any equation?
Multiply both sides by zero.
- Which tables do you not have to learn?
- Surgeon: Nurse, I have so many patients. Who do I work on first?
Nurse: Simple, follow the order of operations.
- I met a math teacher who had 12 children.
She really knows how to multiply!
- Why was the student confused when he went from English class to math class?
Because he was taught that a double negative in English is bad, but in math, it’s a positive.
- What tool is best suited for math?
- Why was Mr. Gilson’s class so noisy?
He liked to practice gong division!
- Why did the girl wear glasses during math class?
It improved di-vision.
- A father noticed his son was sad coming home from school one day.
“What’s wrong?” The father asked.
“I really don’t like long division,” the son answered, “I always feel bad for the remainders.”
- What’s a swimmer’s favorite kind of math?
- Do you know what seems odd to me?
Numbers that aren’t divisible by two.
— Maryann Capursi (@maryanncapursi) April 1, 2019
- Do you know what’s odd?
Every other number!
- Why was six afraid of seven?
Because seven, eight, nine!
- A talking sheepdog rounds up all the sheep into the pen for his farmer. He comes back and says, “Okay, Chief — all 40 sheep accounted for”.
The farmer says, “But I’ve counted them and I’ve only got 36!”
The sheepdog replies, “I know, but I rounded them up.”
- I hired an odd man to do eight jobs for me.
When I got back, he’d only done jobs one, three, five, and seven.
- What are ten things you can always count on?
- Are monsters good at math?
Not unless you Count Dracula.
- There are three kinds of people in this world.
Those who can count and those who can’t.
- Why didn’t the quarter roll down the hill with the nickel?
Because it had more cents!
- What did the spelling book say to the math book?
“I know I can count on you!”
- Why do teenagers always travel in groups of three, five, or seven?
Because they can’t even!
- What do you get when you cross a dog and a calculator?
A friend you can count on.
- Why did the two fours skip lunch?
They already eight!
- How do you make seven an even number?
Remove the S.
- Which king loved fractions?
Henry the ⅛.
- There’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator…
But only a fraction would understand.
- How are a dollar and the moon similar?
They both have four quarters!
- Why did ⅕ go to the masseuse?
Because it was two-tenths!
- How do we know the fractions, x/c, y/c, and z/c, are all in Europe?
They’re all over c’s!
- Have you heard the one about the statistician?
- A statistician got soaking wet trying to cross a river.
He thought he could cross, because it was one-foot deep on average.
- Why did the student get upset when her teacher called her average?
It was a ‘mean’ thing to say.
- There was a statistics teacher who would always accelerate hard when driving through intersections and then slow down after passing through. One day he drove a colleague to work who was noticeably uncomfortable at his driving.
The colleague asked, “Why do you always drive so fast through intersections?”
To which the statistics teacher responded, “Well, statistically speaking, you’re more likely to have an accident in an intersection, so I make sure to get through them as fast as possible!”
- A statistics professor and a math professor worked together on a cookbook.
They called it “Pi A La Mode”.
- A mathematician sees three people go into a building. Later she sees four people leave. When she is asked how many people are in the building she replies, “Well, if one person enters the house it’ll be empty.”
- Why is statistics never anyone’s favorite subject?
It’s just average.
- Why did Pi get its driver’s license revoked?
Because it didn’t know when to stop.
- You should never start a conversation with Pi.
It’ll just go on and on forever.
- What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?
- Mathematician: πr2 (Pi r squared).
Baker: No! Pies are round and cakes are square!
- Who was the roundest knight at King Arthur’s table?
How did he get so round?
He ate too many π’s.
- What’s the official animal of Pi day?
- What do you call two friends who love math?
- Why can’t the number 4 get into the nightclub?
Because he’s 22.
- In the expression 𝒙3, what do you call 3?
In the expression 𝑦2, what do you call the 2?
- I poured root beer into a square cup.
Now I have beer.
- Do you know why seven eight nine?
Because you’re supposed to eat three squared meals a day!
- Why did the boy refuse to drink the water with eight ice cubes in it?
Because it’s too cubed!
- Why do atheists have trouble with exponents?
They don’t believe in higher powers!
- Teacher: What is 2n plus 2n?
Student: I’m not sure. That sounds 4n to me.
- Why do plants hate math?
Because it gives them square roots.
- Why does algebra make you a better dancer?
Because you can use the algo-rhythm!
Math pun jokes
- Why was the math book so sad?
Because it had so many problems.
- What is a bird’s favorite type of math?
- Which snakes are good at math?
- Why can’t a nose be 12 inches long?
Because then it would be a foot.
- Who’s the king of the pencil case?
- A student asked their teacher if they would have any problems on the upcoming test.
The teacher replied, “I think you’ll have lots of problems on the test.”
- It’s always a good idea to bring a mathematician camping.
They come prepared with a pair of axis.
- What shape do you always have to be careful of?
- I don’t get the point of decimals.
I’m more partial to fractions.
- I knew a mathematician who couldn’t afford lunch.
He could binomials.
- What did one algebra book say to the other?
“Don’t bother me, I’ve got my own problems.”
- When you keep missing math class it starts to really add up.
- What did the bee say when it solved the problem?
“Hive got it!”
- What’s a math teacher’s favorite season?
- Why is math considered to be codependent?
It relies on others to solve its problems.
- What math problem do German students have trouble answering?
Do you know what the square root of 81 is?
- What do you call a number that can’t sit still?
A roamin’ numeral!
- What did the student say about the equation she couldn’t solve?
“This is derive-ing me crazy!”
3 Other ways to keep children interested in class
Class doesn’t have to be a boring experience for students. There are many ways to liven up lessons other than telling corny math jokes.
Here are three teaching strategies you can try to make class fun!
1. Game-based learning
It’s no secret that a lot of kids love video games. Use game-based learning in the classroom to liven up lessons and helps classroom learning align with different children’s learning needs.
Prodigy is a form of game-based learning that is already loved by over a million teachers and 50 million students around the globe!
Students get to enjoy a magical world with exciting gameplay and learn math at the same time. Most of the time your class won’t even realize they’re taking part in lessons. It’s all part of the game’s immersive world!
Prodigy’s intuitive design allows for instant marking, feedback, and the ability to create a personalized learning experience for each of your students. Prodigy is a no-cost tool for educators and will remain so — forever.
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2. Flipped classroom
A flipped classroom is a personalized learning strategy where homework and lesson times are switched. Students spend time at home going over material such as videos or recordings of lessons. Then they come to class to work through assignments and practice ideas!
This means that students come to school prepared to ask questions and get help from their teachers during class time.
This gives students the chance to learn at their own pace. Class time is spent improving knowledge rather than explaining basic concepts for students to work on their own.
3. Genius Hour
The Genius Hour concept gives students a chance to explore topics they’re interested in. Students are responsible for researching a topic, coming up with a project around it, and then presenting it to the class.
As a teacher, you can set aside different amounts of time for your students to work on their passion projects: anything from a couple of hours a month to spare time during the week.
Deadlines aren’t pushed, and creativity blooms when students get to pursue their own projects. During Genius Hour, students are given opportunities to express their passions and take control of their education.
Conclusion: math jokes for kids
Math doesn’t have to be boring. Incorporating the best math jokes into your lessons can make them more fun and memorable!
A study from the National Association of Independent Schools suggests that “by high school, 40 to 60 percent of youth are disengaged.” More importantly, “student engagement is increasingly viewed as one of the keys to addressing problems such as low achievement, boredom and alienation, and high dropout rates.”
Use our list of 101 math jokes to help keep students engaged with lessons…or at the very least to make them laugh!
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