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The Electric Company: Laugh-o-Graph

What's The Point

Who doesn’t love a good joke? Almost everyone is ready for a laugh, but which jokes really are good? In this activity, collect your favorite “knock, knock” or other jokes and share them with friends and family. Measure the laughs in a “Laugh-o-Graph” to see which jokes are the best.

Related Game

Reverse-A-Ball – Get more graphing practice as you search for all of Francine’s evil Reverse-A-Ball machines. Shut them down before they reverse all the words on Earth.

This Activity Will Help Your Child

  • Learn to collect and analyze data
  • Create bar graphs to compare quantities

Book Suggestions

  • Lemonade for Sale
    by Stuart J. Murphy
  • The Best Vacation Ever
    by Stuart J. Murphy
  • The Great Graph Contest
    by Loreen Leedy


  • Collection of jokes
  • Paper and pencil
  • Crayons or markers

How Do I Do It?

  1. Invite your child to collect five of his favorite jokes.
  2. Number the jokes from1 to 5.
  3. Share the jokes with four or five people. Ask them to rate the jokes by giving each one of the following scores:
    • Poor (1 laugh)
    • OK (2 laughs)
    • Good (3 laughs)
    • Hilarious (4 laughs)
  4. Record the individual scores next to the jokes.
  5. Tally the total laugh scores for each joke.
  6. Help your child create a bar graph to show the results. Put the joke numbers along the bottom of the graph (X-axis) and the laugh scores along the side of the graph (Y-axis). Encourage your child to use color, labels, and creativity.
  7. Invite your child to share the results. Which joke got the most laughs? Which got the least laughs?

Take It Further

  1. Try presenting the same results in a pie chart.
  2. Challenge a friend or family to a laugh-o-graph duel. Follow the rating system each for your own three jokes. Compare your results.