April Fool’s Day is probably one of those classroom holidays you can’t escape—no matter how hard you try. So why not embrace it and teach your students a few things at the same time!
Yes—this means you quite possibly will have to endure some of those harmless pranks and hoaxes associated with this day—spiders in your desk, a plastic snake on your chair, or some mystery student messing with your computer mouse via a USB remote. Of course, I’m speaking from experience.
That said, if you’re one of those educators who enjoys having a little bit of fun with your students, then check out the recently updated list of resources below.
» Busy Teacher: Foolproof Fun Lesson Activities for April Fool’s Day—Reading activities, writing ideas, games and Just for Laughs videos
» Control Alt Achieve: The Best Google April Fools Videos—A collection of prank videos produced by Google which poke fun at current trends, technology and even Google itself
» Education World: Happy April Fool’s Day— Book suggestions, articles, fun facts and a WebQuest
» Teacher Planet: April Fool’s—You can also take advantage of their April Fool’s Day lesson plans, worksheets, clip art and English as a Second Language Resources
» Edutopia: April Fool’s Day in the Classroom: 8 Resources for Teachers—A ton of teaching ideas for bring this day into the classroom, including strategies for for engaging students with humor.
» A to Z Teacher Stuff: April Fool’s Day—Printables, scavenger hunts, worksheets, activities, puzzles and more!
» April Fool’s Day Teaching Ideas—A Pinterest board filled with resources galore!
» April Fool’s Day Lessons & Activities—Another Pinterest board jam packed with creative lessons, activities and crafts.
» Enchanted Learning—All kinds of crafts, riddles, reproducibles related to April Fool’s Day live here!
Check out the video clips below explaining how and why the tradition of playing tricks on people began on April 1.
A shout out to Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, for sharing these cool videos!
Use these resources to teach students about the history behind April Fools Day. And while you’re at it, add some comedy to your day by having some harmless foolproof fun with your students and colleagues.
As Charles Dickens once said, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”