As a warm up for class though, I decided to tell them one of my favorite jokes.
The joke is a simple word play...
"A salmon was swimming up a river when he suddenly bumped his head. What did the salmon say when he hit his head?"
The answer, of course, is "Dam!"
As I gave the punchline to my ESL 6th graders I slammed my hand on the whiteboard and acted like I banged my head also...just for a little visual as ESL students learn a lot through visual means(body language, facial expressions, etc.) in combination with spoken language.
Anyway, now I have a bunch of 6th graders running around the school crashing into walls shouting "Dam!"
I'm just waiting for the principal or a parent to approach me and ask me what my problem is! For a class of kids who are not native speakers, I felt that they "got" the joke...but perhaps they got it too well.