Who knew that April Fools' Day is more than just a silly day filled with pranks—there is real educational value tied to it as well. Why not use this day as a springboard to discuss geography, history, and a plethora of other concepts? Hidden behind the practical jokes and hoaxes, you’re guaranteed to be surprised at what you and your students learn.
- April Fools' Day (also referred to as All Fool’s Day) is not only celebrated in the United States, in fact, it's “observed” worldwide! See how France, Scotland, Iran, and other countries celebrate.
- Read how it all started.
- In case you are in a playful spirit, here are some ideas for pulling one over on your students.
- Because fun is the theme of the day, share some quotes with your class!
"Looking foolish does the spirit good." -- John Updike
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." -- Mark Twain
Do you have any favorite pranks to share? We’d love to hear how humor has touched your classroom!