Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tried it Tuesday - April Fool's Day Jokes, with a freebie!

I'm linking up with my BBB Holly over at Fourth Grade Flipper for another Tried it Tuesday! My tried it this time was a fun one! Every year that it falls on a school day, the kids come in with the "You have a spider on your face" type April Fool's Day jokes. I pretend to laugh and say, "Ha! Good one!" But I've never in my 13 years of teaching taken the time to prepare April Fool's Day Jokes for my kiddos.

Well, today I had a few planned, and I think they were pretty funny. If you're a pinterest fanatic like myself then surely you've seen this one. On the way back from specials this morning, I told my kids that I'd 'prepared them some brownies and already passed them out on their desks.' Of course they got excited until we got back to class and they saw the brown E's that I had prepared. I let them think I was an awful person for a minute before revealing that my intern Chelsea had actually baked them real brownies.  :)

"The person who finds the most words gets
a special surprise!" Mwahahaha.
When the kids walked in the door in the morning I had this waiting for them on their desks. An April word search. Seems legit. Until a few frustrating minutes into it when the kids are realizing that they're having the darnedest time finding any of the words. Well, keep on lookin' kids but you'll never find them! The words are not in there at all.  Haha.

If you're a faithful Facebook Fan of mine like you should be, then you may have grabbed it last night, but if not grab yourself a copy of the Fake April Word Search to use tomorrow or next year by clicking on the image!

I also told the kids a few white lies just to rile them up a bit.  
1) That from this point forward only cursive handwriting would be accepted, and that even in math I expect to see "cursive numbers." (Which they "should have learned in 2nd grade.")
2) That because they hadn't filled in the bubbles on their state tests in cursive we'd have to take the ones we've done over again.
3) That it was much too cold outside to go out for recess. (It's actually one of the first warm days we've had and we've been doing state tests all morning!)

And of course, I have to play a couple good-natured pranks on my colleagues. So I left this in the teacher's lounge on the lunch table. 

And I prepared another little treat for the hallway outside our classroom. For those of you that don't know, I have a 3 foot long corn snake as a class pet. People are always asking me if she can "get out of her tank." Well, I made it look like she had. Good times!

Did you play any April Fool's Day jokes on your kids? If so, what did you do?


  1. I love a good April Fools joke. I especially liked your notes in the lounge.

    Fit to be Fourth

  2. Loved the word search!! Thank you so much for sharing. Pinning some of these for next year : )

  3. The word search would have been perfect for my kids! I will definitely use this next year! :)

  4. Thank you so much for creating that word search Nick! It was a priceless moment in my classroom today! I made it a 5 minute contest to see who could find the most words-they were so excited, highlighters at the ready! After 3 minutes, the frustration really began to sit in! I thought one of my super competitive (genius) students was going to have a stroke! A couple were sweating and looking around the room nervously! With 30 seconds left one student said, "I think there's a mistake on this." I lost it-I busted out laughing! They loved it-thanks for making my day Nick!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. Haha!!! I had students come to my room with a pan (covered in tinfoil) of "brownies" and asked me if I wanted one. They KNOW how much I love chocolate! I was so disappointed and there were no real ones for me.:( Our state tests started today and I told them that it had to be postponed because the tests were lost in the mail. You should have seen their faces when I said "April Fools!" I'm SO mean but I love it!! I need to make copies of that crossword and make a contest out of it. Who cares that April Fool's is over? I'm mean like that. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  6. Yeah, I never play pranks on my kids, but I couldn't resist the word find. Of course, I did it at the end of the day ;) Love the cursive numbers! And if I would have seen the snake prank, I would have left for the day!

  7. I am SO glad I didn't walk down your hallway today because I would've dropped dead over your prank with the snake. AHHHHH! I played a couple of funny pranks, but nothing as good as yours!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. My kids would freak out if I told them they had to write with cursive numbers, but it would be hilarious to watch them try to figure out how to do it. :) These ideas are hilarious, Nick! I'm pinning them for next year! :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  9. The fact that you played jokes on your colleagues too is hysterical. I love the snake joke. Did you put it in the middle of the hallway!??
    Pinkadots Elementary


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