April Fool's Day ESL Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

April Fool's Day is a fun tradition in the United States, but not all ESL students will be familiar with it. With this lesson plan, higher-level ESL students will learn about this holiday, and practice appropriately celebrating it.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand the tradition of April Fool's Day
  • Be able to use the language associated with this holiday
  • Plan and execute an appropriate April Fool's Day prank

Length

30-45 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.3

Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.5

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • April Fool's Day
  • Practical joke
  • Prank

Materials

  • Calendar
  • Paper and writing utensils

Instructions

Note: This lesson is better suited for intermediate to advanced students.

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