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Old 03-27-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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for April fool's day? Just wondering if anyone does and if so what?!


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Old 03-27-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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Last year for their morning work, I gave them hundreds of multiplication problems and was very strict with finishing the problems. You should have seen their eyes pop out of their faces! Not sure what I'll do this year.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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I usually point out a running course for them that will take FOREVER to complete and then say they have to finish in 3 minutes. As soon as they take off running I yell, "April Fools!"
 
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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I got this idea from PT. I made a word search with none of the words in it.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:39 PM
 
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LOVE it MayCee!! I'm going to use that one! Thanks!


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Old 03-27-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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I gave a fake spelling test one year when it fell on a Friday. I told them that I was going to give them some words that weren't on their list, but not to worry because they wouldn't be very difficult. The words were:
This
is
not
the
real
spelling
test
April
Fools
Day
Most of them figured out what was going on when I got the the word spelling (this was in 2nd grade). The looks on their faces was priceless! Then, to make it up to them they got to wad it up, throw it away and we totally skipped the real test that week.
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:09 PM
 
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my favorite was the year the kindergarten teachers all switched rooms as the kids came in and insisted the kids were in the wrong rooms - we started the morning with a story complaining because we had the wrong kids and when it ended we said April Fool and went back to our own rooms - kids loved it. Forgot - principal stopped in to see why the kids were all in the wrong rooms.
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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I love it! Thanks for sharing. One year, when I had a fish tank in the room, I took the fish out and hid them in the teachers room in another container. When the kids came in and saw they were gone, I sternly told them to stop trying to trick me on April Fool's and told them I didn't believe them as the fish were there when I came in. I let it go on for quite a while before I told them.
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Thanks!
Old 03-27-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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Thanks MayCee! I can't wait for April 1st now!
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:56 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing the crazy-fun word search! I think I'll be using it with the 7th graders.


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word search
Old 03-27-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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I don't like practical jokes, personally, but I think I'm going to do the word search and even make it a race to see who can be the first person to find all the words! I'll tell them they win some big prize or something. My 3rd graders will love it......although I doubt I can keep a straight face to carry it out for long!
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:35 PM
 
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I've seen another grade level of teachers all come to school on April Fool's Day wearing pajamas. They met their kids at the classroom door and made believe that teachers have to sleep at school every night. The pretended that the kids all came to school too early and they didn't have time to get dressed yet!
 
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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I did one one year that worked a treat.

At break time I told them there was a surprise coming. I had them sit at their desks and wait with their eyes closed. I then snuck out the door and left them there.

I was peeping in through the window, and it was hilarious. After a few minutes one of them finally opened his eyes and yelled "Hey! He's gone! It's a trick!"

It was brilliant.
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Lol!
Old 03-27-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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Ventilated, I love it! I almost wish I was going to be in school on the 1st so I could play that joke! But, as luck would have it, it is Spring Break for me!!!!!!! Whoopeeeee!
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great idea
Old 03-27-2009, 05:48 PM
 
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I love that word search Maycee--I'm thinking of stealing it too!
Can't wait to see their faces!!!
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:05 PM
 
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That word search is awesome! However, our first day of State Testing is April 1st (go figure), so I don't want to put any stress on them with that (and it would!)
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thought I would share mine
Old 03-27-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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Last year was my first year teaching and I taught in a portable with my 3rd graders. We moved into our new building on Valentine's Day. On April 1st I told they kids that the building was messed up that we had to go back to our portable. The kids packed up their whole desk into their backpacks and we went to our portable. We were there all morning doing our lessons. Right before PE the principal (she was in on it) came in and asked what we were doing there. The kids were like the buildings broken. And then both the prinicpal and i yelled Aprils Fool. The kids were shocked/surprised. SO then we moved back into our new room. They kids loved it and told me that was the best trick they ever seen!! and that i was an 'awesome' teacher!!
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:42 PM
 
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Last year I put an assignment on the board to write a 5 page essay on the causes of the American Revolution that was due at the end of the day...and it had to be in cursive! I really had them going for awhile, but finally couldn't keep a straight face. This year, it's a testing day so I won't be able to play any jokes on them (unless I can think of one for the afternoon when we're done.)
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Thank you!
Old 03-27-2009, 07:24 PM
 
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I love the wordsearch! I am going to use that idea and tie it into our lesson a bit more. We will be having a vocabulary test on Thursday and I normally give them a worsearch to complete for extra credit when they are done. They won't really think anything about it if I give it to them in advance since we do quick reviews all week. I think I will list their vocab words on the bottom as words to search for but be sure that none are in the word search. That will cover 1st period. Then, since I am certain that even if I tell them not to tell the others, for my class later in the day, I will put maybe the first two words in the word search. That way, if they come in and don't even bother looking, I will know they heard and can tell them that I did not give them that same one. If I put the first two words in, fairly easy to find and then none of the others, it should really get them! I can't wait!
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:16 PM
 
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I have done the impossible word search and the quiz where you ask all of the questions, but they are supposed to read the whole thing and then only write their name on the paper.

Both of those are fun to do!

I don't think my first graders would appreciate any sort of practical joke I play on them... I may give them the opportunity to play one on me though, as I doubt it could be harmful.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:10 AM
 
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I LOVE the wordsearch idea! I was laughing out loud just thinking about my kids, who are so competitive, doing it.
I used to run a whole paper off with the printing backwards. I would make a transparency and then xerox it backwards.

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Old 03-28-2009, 11:35 AM
 
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It's our first day of testing, but I think I'll use the wordsearch! Mine love doing wordsearches for relaxing, fun reviews in spelling, so they won't be too stressed over it.

I also love the backwards paper. I won't use my fake directions test this year due to the real testing.
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Thanks MayCee!
Old 03-28-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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I can't wait to give this to my 4th graders!
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:39 AM
 
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Marymac, Love your avatar! Almost used it for mine!
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