“The idea for Mountains of Jokes About Rocks, Minerals, and Soil and the other books in this series was hatched during
school visits. It’s no secret that students learn best when new concepts are presented as part of a fun activity. And jokes
are fun. That’s why I often use them at key points in my school visit programs.
“What’s more fun that hearing a joke? Retelling it to other people. And what’s the most fun of all? Writing original jokes
and sharing them with classmates and family members. That’s why this book features a 7-page section with clear, simple
directions that will guide students as they create their own jokes.
“Writing jokes is serious business. It requires critical thinking skills, encourages children to experiment with word play,
and teaches students to write tightly and precisely. As young comedians craft science-themed jokes, their knowledge of
science concepts is reinforced. So writing jokes about rocks, soil, volcanoes, gems, mountains, and more is a great way to
integrate science and language arts.