What Are the Biggest April Fools Jokes of All Time?

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After working in groups to analyze primary sources related to a historical hoax, learners will discuss how people managed to be fooled and work to identify one of the biggest April Fools jokes in history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • As an extension activity, have learners design hoaxes related to their cross-curricular knowledge, with information they are learning about in other classes such as science, literature, and mathematics
Classroom Considerations

  • No answer key is included; however, it will be quite helpful to go through each of the steps yourself and identify the correct answers before beginning the lesson with your students
Pros

  • Engaging way to introduce primary and secondary source analysis
  • All activity materials included
Cons

  • None
Common Core