Depending on who you are and where you live, you may have never experienced the pranks associated with the first day of April or you may find yourself the victim (or perpetrator) or yearly hijinks.
No matter which category you fall into though, April Fools’ Day can be a humorous and entertaining holiday to learn more about. Unfortunately, middle school lesson plans about April Fools’ Day can be hard to find.
Helping students build background knowledge and understanding of world cultures – whether we are talking about solemn religious holidays or prank-filled annual celebrations – is an important goal no matter who your students are or where they are from.
I use the Article of the Week format to help my students build their background knowledge. To help with this knowledge building, you can use this middle school April Fools’ Day lesson plan that is focused on a nonfiction article. In it, students will learn about the history, background, and tradition of this quirky holiday.
This middle school April Fools’ Day lesson contains one nonfiction article and three reading activities to assist with reading comprehension, standardized test prep (EQAO), and cross-curricular learning. It comes in both PDF and digital formats to help teachers who are teaching both in the physical and digital classroom. Find this resource on Shopify CAD or Teachers Pay Teachers USD.
- Teacher lesson plan
- Pre-reading K-W-L chart
- Non-fiction article (regular and modified texts)
- Mp3 audio files of each reading
- 3 Post-reading activities: comprehension questions, grammar questions (2 options: paper and self-grading Google Forms), long answer writing response
- Individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom
- Google Slides formatted lessons for 1:1 school
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