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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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.)
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!
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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