NOTE: April Fools' Day and April Fool's Day are both used but sources say April Fools' Day is more correct to use.
Great Activity to Introduce students to REAL vs. FAKE News Identification!
* I have added the Is this FAKE NEWS to the April Fools' Day Resource, too.
Check out my FREEBIE on Digital Critical Thinking(Is that FAKE News?) Is That FAKE News?
Want to introduce your students to the history of April Fools' Day? This resource provides a reading for students as well as lots of interesting famous April Fools' Day pranks such as this one that happened in Switzerland in 1957.A news show aired a video on a spaghetti harvest in the country of Switzerland. People were pulling strands of spaghetti dangling down from trees. People actually called the news show asking how they could purchase a spaghetti tree! Additionally, there are extension activities as well as a Test your April Fools' Day IQ(can you spot the True News Stories from the Fake ones?). There are also comprehension questions for the students to answer after reviewing the resource.One class period for Grades 4 and up.
You may find these other holiday resources of interest:
1. St. Patrick's Day-Ireland Webquest and Activities: Learn more about Ireland with my fun and informative web quest on Ireland includes 12 questions and lots of extension activities! Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Ireland Wequest/Activities
2. Show your students that even candy has a history!Learn facts including marshmallows date back to 2000 BC and King Tut's Tomb contained licorice. Several additional resources and extension activities,too. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.(Great for Halloween, Valentine's Day or for a Friday activity! History of Candy: A Webquest
3. Great back to school activity! Learn about pencils, paper and pens with this informative web quest! Did you know that 2 billion pencils are made each year just in the United States?Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Pencils, Pens, Paper Webquest
4. With 12 informational web questions, this resource is just the thing to use as a learning tool about the holiday of Halloween. Bats, Owls, pumpkins, the human skeleton, the origin of Halloween, superstitions, and famous stories in literature, are covered. There are comprehension questions, lots of fun facts, extension activities(including writing in the content area), and additional links for teachers. Halloween Webquest
5. Want a fun and informative activity to teach your students about the history of Thanksgiving?This webquest has ten informative text questions on the history of Thanksgiving(including the Macy's Day Parade). TURKEY facts,too! Great for this time of year! Thanksgiving and Turkeys, A Webquest>
6. Do your female students ask why more women aren't mentioned in history books.Each web question contains lots of informational text on 10 women who have made contributions to our world. Elizabeth Blackwell,Clara Barton,Amelia Earhart,Susan B Anthony,Sally Ride,Rosa Parks,Jane Goodall,Eleanor Roosevelt,Marie Curie and Sacagwea.Extension links/activities,key.Skills:reading for information/ research/computer skills. Women's History Webquest
7. The idea to foster contributions of African Americans began with Dr. Carter G. Woodson, back in 1926. Love his motto to live by-"It is never too late to learn!" Check out my web quest for Black History Month: Black History Month
8. Try this informative web quest on Martin Luther King! Grades 4 and up. One of Martin Luther King's quotes, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I have added comprehension questions and additional links/extension activities. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Martin Luther King
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