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


30-45 minutes

Curriculum Standards


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


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.


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

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • April Fool's Day
  • Practical joke
  • Prank


  • Calendar
  • Paper and writing utensils


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

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