This reading comprehension will test your students’ reading skills as they explore one of the greatest April Fools of all time, as ranked by the Museum of Hoaxes.
Using research skills and their reporter’s notebooks, the young journalists will find out about Porky Bickar and how he faked a volcanic eruption in Alaska, 1978.
The story comes with questions, and will require students to check dictionaries; summarise stories; think critically and retrieve facts. They will also generate lively and fun classroom discussion. Would your students fall for this prank? Can they come up with anything better?
This story is also featured in a bigger pack with other famous April Fools:
FAKE NEWS - APRIL FOOL!
In that pack, you will find the stories featured below, answer sheets, a writing activity based on the stories and posters for display:
Spaghetti growing on trees in Switzerland
A fake volcanic eruption in Alaska
Instant Colour TV in Sweden
An iceberg in Sydney Harbour
As a journalist and teacher, it’s my passion that children should have an awareness of what is going on in the world through engaging reading material.