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The April Fools’ Day pranks in history digital nonfiction reading comprehension resource is the perfect way to incorporate the spirit of April Fools’ Day in the classroom while developing your students’ reading skills at the same time. The resource includes 5 high-interest articles that outline 5 epic April Fools’ Day pranks from history, student response assignments, and teacher slides to guide the lesson. 

This is a Google-compatible activity, and students complete all the work on the computer. This works well with distance learning, 1:1 classrooms, remote teaching, Google Classroom, or for online education.

How it works:

Students will read 5 high-interest nonfiction articles about epic pranks in history. They will then complete the corresponding reading comprehension questions and tasks to show their understanding of the articles using text evidence where appropriate. Have students complete the questions in groups before going over the answers as a whole class using the included presentation.

Included in the April Fools' Day Pranks Resource:

• 45 Google Slides to guide you through each step of the April Fools’ Day pranks in history lesson that includes pre-reading discussion questions relating to each of the nonfiction articles

• 5 High-interest nonfiction articles about epic pranks in history (Vote for Rhino, Gravity Hoax, Spaghetti Trees, Instant Color TV, Stuck in a Bottle) 

• 5 Reading response assignments with standards-based tasks that correspond with each of the nonfiction articles

• Detailed teacher answer keys for the reading comprehension tasks and questions (also included in the presentation for classroom review)

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