Saturday, 26 March 2016

April Fool's Day Fun

"…it is now clear to me that anticipation of pleasure is the key to all learning… Environments that include pleasure, movement and creativity are truly the most successful for learning" Candace Pert

I really believe in above words and we teachers should provide some pleasure connected with learning during our lessons. 
On April Fool's Day ( in Poland it's 1st April) I prepared a lesson based on a short film which is typical hidden camera humour. The film is so funny because children play the main role.

Watch the video with your students :
Ask them to bring scissors and glue stick. Give your students the first page with pictures to cut out. After or during watching the video give them the next page with  five picture frames and desciptions. Students' task is to stick pictures to the correct descriptions. Then use the LOST WORDS BOX to fill in missing words.  ---> aprilfoolsday.englishbyann.pdf

Some useful information (I hope) on this day from
How to survive list
Rule #1 – Don’t trust anyone. We mean it.
Rule#2 – If someone suddenly changes the place or time of an appointment, keep it mind it might be a trap.
Rule#3 – If someone tells you about something you’re not sure whether is true. It might be better if you just laugh out loud straight in his/her face saying – ‘nice joke’. Even if this person is saying the truth, and there’s nothing to be revealed, you’ve just increased your chances of not being tricked.
Rule#4 – Forget about newspapers, news on the Internet, on TV, in radio etc. – most of the headlines are fake.

Rule#5 – If you have flatmates or roommates – check twice every single thing you normally use without hesitation, poking them with broom or other objects might look weird, but it might save your life.

Rule#6 – Before you enter a room, look carefully at the place from the distance, and step into it carefully and slowly.

Rule#7 – If given something to eat, examine it closely. If you have a chance, make your friend eat it first. That rule applies to drink also.

Rule#8 – Your friend sends you to see the sea in Szczecin? Don’t trust them, there’s nothing like that there.

Rule#9 – Have Fun! Even if you’re tricked, don’t be mad for too long and appreciate your friends’ jokes.

Rule#10 Take revenge. You can make your own plan in advance or right after you get pranged (don’t forget about your smile, right after the joke is made on you – visible signs of revenge can make your friends careful!)

Jokes List:

#1 Turn the clock back at your victim’s place or on your victim’s device.
#2 Change the phone number to someone on your victim’s mobile or switch it with a number to some unexpected place and make them dial it.
#3 Make a print screen of desktop on your co-worker PC and hide the task bar. See what happens.
#4 Hire a kid to show up at your friend’s place when his girlfriend is there, let him/her pretend that they are his son or daughter.


More lessons based on videos:
Fun Before Exam

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