March 28, 2021

April's Fools' Day Activities for the Classroom

April's Fools' Day Activities for the Classroom

I used to hate April Fools' Day in the classroom. I would dread the ridiculous "pranks" my students would pull. Basically, they were all the same with someone pretending to point to a spider behind me. 

Gradually, I decided to embrace April Fools' Day and come up with a variety of pranks to get my students before they got me! Here are some of my favorites.

Books


I almost always start off each post with a bunch of book suggestions. However, there aren't many that I know of specifically geared for April Fools' Day. Because of this, I usually try to find an entertaining book and read that instead. Here are two books I love...

                                                     

Activities


Switch Teaching Positions With Another Staff Member 

Pick a staff member that you want to switch with. This activity works best if you can keep a straight face. For those that want to get really into this, try switching up pictures/names on the desks. This works well depending on how much you are willing to commit to the charade.

Brown-E's

This is my personal favorite. I promise students brownies in the morning. I even show my foil covered pan saying how hard I worked on making them. At the end of the day, I do give out brownies or should I say Brown-E's! I cut out brown letter E's. In the end, I do give them store bought brownies. I like a fun prank but this is cruel if you don't actually give them brownies. 😉

Brown-E's

Following Directions

April Fools' Day is perfect for a review sheet with directions stating to read each question before completing any work. The last question states not to answer any of the questions. If you have some questions in there that entertain you, all the better! I use this one with my students.

My favorite is having students jump up and down!

If you are looking for some additional activities or want resources to complete your own Brown-E activity or Following Directions questions, click on the pic below.

April Fools' Day Activities, Printables, and Craftivity

What's your favorite prank to pull on your students?

January 10, 2021

Powerful January Activities and Resources for Your Classroom

I don't know about you, but when January begins, I always feel a bit fuzzy-headed when it comes to school. I'm so busy trying to remember my normal routines and procedures that I cannot always remember some fun, incredible lessons and activities. This year, I have planned ahead so both your students and mine can benefit!

These Incredible January Activities and Resources for Your Classroom will get both you and your students excited to be back at school!




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I admit I am going to start off with some books. For some of you, you might think I am nuts to include them on a list with Incredible January Activities and Resources! If you do think that, I must respond that I think it's nuts not to include them! I am a true bookworm at heart! There's magic in a good book!

Picture Books to Read

These books are just a few in my library that we ALWAYS read each year. There are a TON of other books too, but you have to start somewhere! 


            

                      

Penguins

           
      

Besides reading picture books, there are so many activities to do involving penguins.

There are 17 different types of penguins found in the southern hemisphere. This makes for an exciting research project for students. To help with the research, here are some student friendly websites - KidZone Penguins and Penguin World

Instead of research (or in addition to), you may want students to view live penguin cams from the San Diego Zoo and the Kansas City Zoo.

Teach students fact and opinion through task cards. Click on the picture below to see more!

Penguin Fact and Opinion Task Cards

Want students to figure out how penguins keep warm in cold weather and water? Then try this Blubber Experiment!
  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  2. Open a gallon size Ziploc bag and fill it with Crisco.
  3. Place another gallon bag inside. (This keeps hands from getting "blubber" on them.
  4. Have students compare and contrast having one hand in the ice water and one hand in the "blubber."


Snow/Snowmen

                

There usually is a ton of snow in January around here (although last year it didn't snow until March), so I do a winter unit with the focus on snow, snowmen, and migration. 

A quick activity is a "Snowball Fight." You can do this with any subject. Students create questions about the topic of your choosing. They then crumple of the papers. Throw the papers around to have a snowball fight. When the snowball fight is over, students can answer the questions.

Want more ideas???
  1. Make "snow" - Mix 2 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of conditioner to make snow. 
  2. STEM project - Students can build a snowflake or an igloo from marshmallows. 
  3. Have students write steps in making a snowman.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


              
        

There is so many things that you can do to honor Dr. King's life. It's difficult to know where to begin. Here are a few favorites...
  1. After reading Martin's Big Words, break students into teams. Give them cups and markers. Students need to think of as many synonyms to describe Dr. King as possible. Each time they think of a word, they can write it on a cup. With their cups, each time has to create the tallest tower that they can!
  2. Check out My Friend, Martin. It's about an hour cartoon and can be found on YouTube.
  3. Watch Kid President explaining Dr. King's life.
  4. Compare/contrast the books written by Dr. King's family members (his sister and son both wrote books about him - see the bottom row of MLK books above).
  5. Students can learn facts about Dr. King even during math time, click on the picture below to see more.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Subtraction Review Fun

What seasonal activities do you like to do in January with your students?


January brings about a fresh start to the school year. This blog post brings a roundup of resources and activities for celebrating Dr. King's life, teaching penguins, and having fun with snow. Make the rest of the school year a fun one with this start. Inside you will find books, STEM activities, writing activities, hands-on activities, and more. #confessionsofafrazzledteacher {Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders}