Teachers, don’t look like a fool on the first of April without a prank for your students! You should be armed with a great idea to trick your classroom on April Fool’s Day. The following original April Fool’s Day pranks will convince your students that you are the trickiest, coolest teacher in school.
#1. Painted Seats. When your student’s arrive at school on April 1, they will notice “freshly painted” seats. Let them know that the custodian just finished painting the seats and that they will need to stand all day! In reality, you will have just brushed each seat with corn syrup to give them the illusion of fresh, wet paint! After fielding student’s questions, whining and concerns, hand each of them a wet wipe and let them in on the joke! A few swipes with the wet wipe, will allow your students a clean, fresh seat for the remainder of the day.
#2 Lousy Lunch. You will need the assistance of the office staff to pull this prank. Soon after the bell sounds for the start of the school day, have the school secretary buzz into your classroom to announce a menu change. Ask her to announce that due to difficulties with food shipments, the cafeteria has announced that only liver and onions (or another meal students would despise) can be served for lunch. No other options could be served. Students’ favorite part of the day…ruined! After the chaos settles, let your class hear the infamous, “April Fool’s”
#3. All F’s. This “trick” is a pretty sweet one! After you have taken attendance for the day, let your student’s know that due to abuse of some classroom rules: too much talking, late homework, lack of attention during lessons etc., you have decided to give everyone an “f” for the conduct grade that day. After the groans of “That’s not fair!” pull out “f”-shaped sugar cookies and give each student a “ha-ha, gotcha!” and a treat! You can buy ready-made sugar cookie dough for ease of preparation. For the cookie cutter, search a bakery supply store or online for alphabet-shaped cutters. You could also make a template, place it on the dough after you’ve rolled it out, and cut around the “f” shape with a sharp paring knife.
#4. Tough Test. This is a common prank, but a fun one to try to pull off on your classroom. You make up a “pop” quiz based on a subject your class has been studying. Let your students aware that you are giving this test because you don’t feel they’ve been paying enough attention to you during instruction time. The test will be extremely difficult because you have tossed in extra difficult vocabulary (in fact, words that you have completely made up). The very last question will be “What is the term that Americans commonly use for the first day of April?” Students will be relieved that you “got ’em” and that the test doesn’t really count!
Enjoy your April Fool’s Day and your students. There will be nothing foolish about trying one of these fun ideas!