April’s Fools Day Freebie Packet

When I am in the classroom, I use quite a bit of humor on a daily basis… I explain concepts using funny analogies, I make fun of myself when I make mistakes, and I friendly joke with the students to keep things light-hearted.

I find that it’s something that makes substitute days a little easier for me and the students, although I never like to be too serious.


Because this is my natural teaching style, April Fool’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to bring into the classroom.

April's Fools Day Freebie Packet

Although, I tend not to incorporate the pranks, but tackle it more in terms of silliness. I invite students to share school-appropriate jokes with the class (and I have heard some really good ones over the years).

I also like to have students do a holiday-themed activity or two and maybe even have a packet for morning work and early finishers.

I have had some trouble finding April Fool’s Day activities beyond the word search, maze, and crossword puzzle, so I created a free April Fool’s Day Activity Packet for free…

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– Originally posted on Teaching Blog Addict

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I am a former journalist who changed careers and became an elementary teacher. I have spent the last four years substituting. Many students know me as "the baby teacher" since I tend to do long-term jobs for teachers on maternity leave.

My quest is to land in a classroom of my own, but until then I plan to be the best sub I can be... and help others do the same.