Are you ready for April Fools' Day? Even though it falls on a Saturday this year, here are a few ideas, in case you can't resist in class tomorrow or Monday! Tell us your stories/ideas in the comments below!
1. Grapes wrapped in chocolate eggs
Although time-consuming, as soon as they unravel the surprise inside, the look on your students' faces will be priceless!
2. Smartphone smash
Find an old phone, and have one of your students help you set up the scene. Give him/her the old phone you don't use anymore and instruct him/her to pretend-text while you're teaching. Yell at him/her to stop texting 3 times in a row. After the 3rd warning, take the phone off his/her hands and completely smash it on the floor, stomp on it, go crazy! Enjoy. You're welcome.
3. Amazing Field Trip is CANCELLED
Out of the blue, announce that the "field trip to the movie theatre" (make believe) has been cancelled, since so many students didn't bring back their "permission slips". Guaranteed to confuse and disappoint!
4. Celebrities coming to school!
"Accidentally" open a secret file titled: "Project 2017 - Celebrities Coming to Class" on your computer (instead of opening the lesson on the projector), with photos of all celebrities that are supposed to come at the end of the year for this awesome secret project.
5. One angry teacher
Send all kids who open their mouth to the principal's office as soon as they walk in the classroom, whether they're talking, yawning, or being polite saying good morning. Continue sending whoever tries to explain themselves, until it's completely silent. Forewarn your principal and watch your class getting terrified as it becomes smaller and smaller.
6. Pop quiz
Prepare a 30 to 50-question pop quiz, and remind your students to read all questions before getting started. Have the last question be, "April Fool's, just kidding, don't answer any of these questions!" Watch a large percentage of your class go through the entire test before realizing you're playing a joke on them.
7. Rearrange the desks
Rearrange all the desks to face the back of the classroom, before class starts.
8. Baby Carrots in Tootsie wrappers & Broccoli in lollipop wrappers
Wrap baby carrots in Tootsie roll wrappers or broccoli in lollipop wrappers. It will take you a little bit of time, but it's totally worth it to see the look on your kids' faces!
9. Switch chairs
Switch all the chairs in your classroom to kindergarten size chairs. Watch your students get confused, while you act like nothing is different.
10. Gross & silly cafeteria menu
Print out a very gross/silly cafeteria menu for the following week, and watch students die laughing as they read through. Adjust according to your students' ages.
11. Mute Teacher
Start the class by opening your mouth as if you're speaking and they can't hear you. Students won't understand what's going on, and should get a good laugh!
12. The "Brown E" classic
Let your students know a few days in advance that you're going to bake them your famous Brownies, by the end of the week. Get your craft on, by cutting multiple letter 'E's out of brown construction paper, put them in a cooking pan, and cover with foil. Then tell your class they'll be able to eat them at the end of the class, if everyone behaves well.
You can bring real brownies as backup, especially if your students have been extraordinarily well-behaved the past couple days. It all depends on how mischievous you're feeling that day.