April Fool’s Pranks to Pull on Students

April Fool’s Day can be a dangerous day as a teacher, having to watch your step, fear where you sit, and keep the eyes in the back of your head glued on the students. Here are a few great ideas to beat them to the punch and pull some pranks on them!

1. New York Times Difficulty Crossword

Materials Needed:
– Students
– Pre-Made Crossword Puzzle (Try DiscoveryEducation.com)

What To Do:

Create a crossword with clues that the students should know. It can be based on a unit you are currently working on in class. However, instead of having the correct terms throughout the puzzle, but in fact words that are not the correct length. Students will be racking their brains trying to remember the correct terms and definitions they have learned.

2. Impossible Word Search.

Materials Needed:
– Students
– Pre-Made Word Search

What To Do:

Create a Word Search for the students to complete. However, make sure that none of the words in the word-bank are actually in the puzzle. Again, students will be searching for a long time for words that don’t actually exist.


3. Needed: Good Poker Face

Materials Needed:
-Ability to act stern
-Valuable Item

What To Do:

Before class, remove a valuable item that has always been in your room (ex. laptop, picture frame, remote). Show up to class about a minute or two late so all of the students are in there “alone” before you arrive. When you get in the class, act surprised and angry when you noticed your valuable item missing. Begin to blame the class, and either yell a lot or cry a lot. It will get awkward, but at least they will think twice if they ever think of taking something that isn’t theirs.

4. Private E-mail

Materials Needed:
-Smart Board
-Fake Email

What to Do:

Create a fake email with something embarrassing, surprising, or just plain weird about yourself. From a different email address send it to your school’s address. Before your students get your class, pretend like you “accidentally” left it up on the SmartBoard. Students will come in the room and without a doubt, read your private email on the SmartBoard. Act like you didn’t know it was still up there and plead with them not to tell anyone.

5. Dum-Dum Switch

Materials Needed:
– Dum-Dum Suckers

What to Do:

This will take a little effort before class but will be totally worth it. If you have ever given your students the option of picking a piece of candy as a reward or just a treat, then you are aware of the amount of time that goes behind that choice. Before class, switch the dum-dum wrappers out with one another, so after Billy Jo’s 15-minute decision-making process to choose grape, he will unwrap it to only find that is actually cherry.

Hopefully the only pranks you are involved in this April Fool’s Day will not be as a victim. Good luck!