In honor of Valentine's Day drawing close, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite punny Valentines. Do you have any that you just loooooove?
Add one in the comments section below before Valentine's Day for the opportunity to earn extra credit. Click here to see student submissions!
Why do I think that puns are a great way to warm up?
Daniel Elkan wrote in an article for the New Scientist, "More than anything, the recent research confirms the fact that humour, an oft-neglected trait when considering our cognitive skills, requires a tremendous amount of brain power." Dean Mobbs led a research team that showed that there was hightened (more) activity in two different regions of the brain, both linked with association formation, learning, and decision-making. Also quoted in the same science journal is Andrea Samson of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, "Getting a joke would seem - on the surface - to be a very trivial, intuitive process. But brain imaging is showing us that there is more going on than we think."
So there you have it, 7th graders, humor is a higher order thinking skill! By beginning our day with a funny, we are making our brain power up!