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April Fools Day Activities | Pranks Debate Template with Digital

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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Help your students master the skill ofpersuasive writing as they participate in an April Fool's Day themed debate arguing over whether pranks should be allowed in the classroom.

This product includes both printable and digital versions with a link for Google Slide version and digital directions.

This introduction to debates writing project includes everything you need to introduce, review, and enjoy holding debates in your classroom: anchor charts, graphic organizers, task directions, rubric and much more!

Anchor charts are also included in a PowerPoint presentation so that you can use them to guide your instruction.

Anchor charts, slide show, directions, organizers, and rubrics are all intentionally designed with a generic design so that they are perfect for April Fool's Day OR anytime! Prompt, task directions, and pick a side card are specific to pranks.

Four additional debate topics are included so that you can use the materials included to hold more debates in your classroom.

Perfect for April Fool's Day OR anytime!

Please see the preview for a closer look at all this product has to offer!


✓Digital Directions for Google Classroom

Teaching Anchor Charts:

  • What is a Debate?
  • Why Participate in a Debate?
  • What is Persuasive Writing?
  • Persuasive Writing Key Words
  • What is a Pro?
  • What is a Con?
  • How are Debates Organized and Written
  • What are the Steps to a Debate
  • How to Prepare for a Debate

✓Student Task Directions (with and without April Fool's Day theme)

✓Pick a Side Cards

✓Debate Writing Checklist

✓Pro/Con T-chart (winter and spring)

✓Brainstorming Pages

✓2 Different Debate Graphic Organizers

✓Prompt Page (first draft)

✓Editing and Revising Checklist

✓Final Draft Page

✓Persuasive Writing Rubric

✓Debate Project Rubric

✓Four Additional Debate Topics

✓Suggested Group Roles

✓Teacher Suggestions

Recent feedback on this resource:

"Great resource to help students understand how to debate about topics/issues."

"Students had fun writing and convincing others. Thank you."

"THANK YOU! I am SO looking forward in using this set. Thank you for creating a power point presentation part so that the main concepts can be projected up for the entire class to view. In looking through this set, it looks very complete and detailed and teacher and student friendly - VERY engaging!"

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Total Pages
35 + google Slides™
Answer Key
Rubric only
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).
Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
Provide a concluding statement or section.


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