About Squarehead Teachers

Well, I’m a travel loving, cookie eating, bright color obsessed teacher who just can’t get enough of blogging or Photoshop. I’ve taught various grades from Kindergarten to Undergraduate courses in both in the United States and in China, teaching everything from dance and PE to English and math. I come from a family of educators, and believe that all teachers (public, private, charter and home school) are grossly under appreciated and deserve a little extra help. I started my Squarehead Teachers blog in August 2012 with the hope that I can be that extra little help that makes teachers feel a little more loved!

6 No-Prep April Fools Day Pranks For Teachers

I’m bummed that April Fools Day 2017 falls on a Saturday. But if you’re one of those teachers who still has to pull a prank on your students, here are some ideas I’ve found. Also check out my ideas from previous years!

No Prep

Make a word search that has none of the words in it. Or, for the no-prep version, use mine! Click here to download: April Fools Word Search.

Ask for an important assignment, form or permission slip from last week that you never assigned. (source)

Talk but don’t say anything! Move your lips like you are talking. See how long you can keep going (don’t laugh!). You can do that on April Fools Day, or the day before. Then on April Fools Day, hand out a pop quiz or a crazy hard assignment on what you “said.”  (source)

“[I] put a sign in my door that said please use other door. THERE ISN’T ANOTHER DOOR! Lol they loved it!” -Reader, Tami H.

 

Some Prep

“I often play Bingo with my Spanish I students as a vocabulary review. Instead of each student having a different card, I made enough copies of one card and then gave them all the same card. It took them a while to catch on, but when they did, it was quite amusing!” – Anonymous Reader

“I usually point out a running course for them that will take FOREVER to complete and then say they have to finish in 3 minutes. As soon as they take off running I yell, “April Fools!” – Reader, TeacherTim (source)

 

What have you done to prank your students? Comment below (no sign-in required)!

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Equal or Unequal Parts – Math Printable

The concept of equal is critical to kids understanding of so many things in math. Here is a simple page I made to reinforce this concept. In addition to the concept, it also helps kids learn the vocabulary. The key is on page 2 of the PDF. Thanks for checking out my blog!

Click here to download the full size printable: 
Equal or Unequal parts

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St. Patrick’s Day Word Graphing

If you’re lucky, St. Patrick’s day will fall during Spring Break or on a holiday. If not, then you’re got to embrace all the green and pinching that is St. Patty’s Day! Here’s a simple page to give your students to acknowledge the celebration of Irish culture, while secretly (or not so secretly) practicing graphing. 🙂

Click here to download the full size printable: Sight Words Graphing – St. Patrick’s Day

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Color Word Butterflies

Sight words are key. Colors are usually some of the first sight words taught because they are are in so many worksheet directions! “Color this thing red if it blah blah blah” or “circle all of the blah blah blahs with green.” This page is just for learning those color names sight words. Easy-peasy worksheet, and kids will be able to do so much more when they know color words by sight!color-word-butterflies-preview Click here to download the full-size PDF: color-word-butterflies

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Prepositions Practice

Prepositions are really tough for English Language Learners. And sometimes you just don’t have time to prep or do the fun manipulative ideas you see on Pinterest. Here’s a quick (super self-explanatory) page that asks kids which preposition makes sense with the picture. On the key (page 2), the answers are in bold.

prepositions-preview

Click here to download the full size PDF: prepositions

Also consider choosing pictures from a story book, newspaper or magazine and ask questions about the pictures. Or, grab a small object and a student volunteer and create the Pinterest idea on the spot! Both are super easy to do off the top of your head and will continue to strengthen English language skills of all your students.

State Capitals Practice

states-capitals-practice-previewAfter you teach your kids the states and capitals (using the “Fifty Nifty States” song!?), you’re going to need a quiz. Or a practice page to make sure your kids can spell everything correctly. Either way, it’s pretty handy! The printable has two versions of the page to give students (one with the states listed and one with the capitals listed) and an answer key.

Click here to view the full size PDF: states-capitals-practice

Cloud Types Graphic Organizer

types-of-clouds-graphic-organizer-previewLearning about clouds in elementary school is always fun. At minimum, it’s an excuse to go outside! Here’s my really simple graphic organizer to teach the science basics of clouds. There’s a space for some words about each type and an illustration. You can also glue cotton balls in that section instead. Shape/pull the cotton ball to match each type.

Click here to view the full size PDF: cloud-types-graphic-organizer

Current Homework & Important Papers (CHIP) Folder (Guest Post)

Graphic3CHIP stands for “current homework and important papers.”

One pocket is for current homework that students have been assigned. The other pocket is for important papers (reference sheets that we use frequently, reading  passages that we are working on, group work info, etc.). Nothing else goes in this folder so that it doesn’t get cluttered. I use the boomerang folder for assignments that have been graded and papers for their parents and pretty much anything that is in their take home mailbox. This system has been helpful in keeping my students organized.

Click here to see the full-size PDF: chip-folder-cover-pdf.

About the author:
Lauralee specializes in dual immersion (English/Spanish) and math education. She currently teaches sixth grade. She enjoys travelling and spending time with family.