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  • практическая: научить учеников обмениваться информацией о празднике на основе дополнительных текстов, интернет ресурсов ;
  • образовательная: формировать более полное представление о праздновании «Дня смеха» у народов мира, роли юмора в жизни людей; расширить знания учеников об уже известных шутках из жизни людей разных стран;
  • развивающая: формировать навыки само- и взаимоконтроля;
  • воспитательная: воспитывать толерантное отношение и познавательный интерес учеников к культурам народов мира, к образу жизни людей в разных странах.

Оборудование: P.C., мультимедийный проектор, карта мира, раздаточный материал. .

План урока

  1. Организационный момент. Сообщение темы и цели урока.
  2. Речевая зарядка (афоризмы известных людей).
  3. 5 основных этапов урока:
  4. Подведение итогов.


Plan of the lesson.
For 9th -11th forms.

April Fool’s Day.

April Fool’s Day
Lexical area: Jokes and hoaxes.

The structure of the lesson:

This lesson is about April Fool’s Day which takes place on April 1st. Many countries have their own equivalent of April Fool’s Day.

  • Task 1 is a listening task for the students and a chance to play a little April Fool’s style joke on students!
  • Task 2 is based on discussion questions.
  • Task 3 is a reading text from the British Council’s Trend UK site.
  • Task 4 is based on the idea of a website message board and gives a selection of opinions on the April Fool’s day.
  • Task 5 looks at the top ten tricks that have been played on the general public in various countries from around the world.
  • Task 6 asks students to think up their own April Fool’s trick.

Task 1.

1. April Fool!
I’ve just read on the internet that scientists have invented a new English dictionary on a micro chip that can be implanted into people to equip them with all the vocabulary they need in a foreign language. You will ask me questions.

“April Fool!” and explain that it was a trick. Explain the basic idea of April Fool’s day.

Practical jokes, play a trick, to fool somebody, joker etc.

Task 2

April Fool’s Day.

  1. What do you know about April Fool’s Day?
  2. Do you have a similar day in your country?
  3. Do you like practical jokes?
  4. Have you played a trick on anyone recently?
  5. Who’s the joker in your class / family?

Task 3

Just fooling around.
Read the text about April Fool’s Day in the UK. When you reach a question discuss it with your partner.

Just Fooling Around: Alien invasion

Picture this - a UFO circling the skies over London watched by thousands of astonished citizens. The police arrive at the scene expecting an alien invasion and witness a silver suited person emerging from the craft!

How would you feel if you saw the UFO over London?

Did you know that British scientists can control the weather? The invention of a weather machine will enable the UK to have long hot summer days and ensure that rain only falls at night. Better still, snow at Christmas time will always be guaranteed!

Would you like the weather to be controlled?

Whistling carrots

Fancy something different for dinner? Have you ever tasted the genetically modified whistling carrot? Specially engineered to grow with air-holes in their side, the carrots begin to whistle when they are fully cooked.

Would you believe this story if you heard it on the news?

April Fool's

Unfortunately none of these stories are true, they are part of the tradition of April Fool's Day. It is the custom in the UK to carry out a joke or trick upon someone during the morning of 1 April. If the person falls for the joke then they are named an April Fool.

It's an annual pastime of newspapers and television to take part in playing these jokes and even millionaire entrepreneurs do it too. The UFO was in fact a hot-air balloon in disguise flown by Richard Branson!

April Fools Day will continue so be on the look out this year for any hoaxes, there are bound to be some.

Maybe you could try some of your own?

Task 4

Message board: April Fool’s Day:

Do you love it or hate it?
A website asked some British people the question “Do you love or hate April Fool’s Day?”.

Here’s what they said. Read the messages on the message board.

Malisa “I love April Fool’s Day. It can be really good fun. I love playing tricks on people and I don’t mind if people play tricks on me. It’s one day of the year you can be really silly and have a laugh and it’s okay. You have to be quite sensible for the other 364 days of the year, so I look forward to April 1st.

Johnny “I don’t like April Fool’s Day. It makes me a bit nervous. I keep thinking someone is about to play a trick on me. When twelve o’clock passes I feel quite relieved that it’s finished for another year!”

Phil “When I was at school April Fool’s Day was always good fun. We played tricks on each other and sometimes on the teacher. In fact, one year one of the boys at school put a bucket of water on top of the door and when the chemistry teacher came in he got very wet! It was funny, but the boy got in big trouble!”

Louise “April Fool’s Day is a great idea. It’s easy to forget the actual date and I always believe everything I read in the newspapers or watch on the TV news. I usually believe the big national hoaxes and it always makes me laugh afterwards. It’s good to remind us that maybe we shouldn’t always belive everything we hear in the news.”

Clare “April Fool’s Day is fun when you’re young. I rember putting a plastic fried egg on my Dad’s plate for breakfast as a trick. He decided to cut it up and pretend to eat it! Now I think some of the tricks are a bit silly and people can be a bit cruel playing tricks on their ‘friends’!”

Mark “I hate April Fool’s Day. Last year people at work changed the sugar for salt so we all put salt in our coffee! Then some joker in the office decided he wanted a day off and he did something to the computers so they wouldn’t work. It just wasn’t funny! I had lots to do and we all had to stop working and solve the problem.”

  • What would you say if you were asked the same question?
  • Who do you think loves April Fool’s Day most?
  • Who do you think hates April Fool’s Day most?
  • Do you think any of the tricks the people mentioned are funny?

Task 5

Top ten tricks
Read an April Fool’s trick and then explain it to your classmates.

  1. 1.A zoo in Japan said that they had a giant penguin that was 165cm tall and weighed 80 kilograms! In fact it was a man dressed up in a penguin suit.
  2. In 1980 the BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. It received a huge response from listeners protesting the change. The BBC Japanese service also announced that the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them, and one Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid.
  3. In the night of March 31st 1989 hundreds of Londoners phoned the police to report an alien space craft they had seen in the sky. In fact it was a hoax and it was a hot air balloon that looked like a space craft.
  4. Last year in the UK a children’s news programme said that scientists had invented a ‘Brain Band’. It was a coloured head band that you put on your head and it helped to make you more intelligent! On an on-line poll, 47% of the children who heard the news wanted to buy a ‘brain band’!
  5. Last year in the UK a children’s news programme said that scientists had invented a ‘Brain Band’. It was a coloured head band that you put on your head and it helped to make you more intelligent! On an on-line poll, 47% of the children who heard the news wanted to buy a ‘brain band’!
  6. In 1949 a radio presenter in New Zealand told listeners that there were millions of wasps coming to invade. He told viewers to wear their socks over their trousers and to put honey on their doors. Millions of listeners believed him!
  7. In 1957 a very serious documentary programme on the BBC reported on the spaghetti trees in Switzerland. They said it was an excellent place to grow spaghetti! Hundreds of viewers phoned the BBC to ask where they could buy spaghetti trees.
  8. In 1999 a music website claimed that Britney Spears had lied about her age. They said she was 28, not 17. Hundreds of people phoned her music label to ask how old Britney really was.
  9. In Sweden in 1962 they have one television channel and all TV was in black and white. A scientist told viewers that they would see the TV in colour is they put a nylon stocking over the screen.
  10. In 1976 a very famous British astronomer told radio listeners that at 9.47am the earth was going to experience a feeling of less gravity. He said that Jupiter and Pluto would cross and if listeners jumped in the air at exactly 9.47am they would feel the sensation of having no gravity! Hundreds of listeners phoned the radio to say they had jumped and floated in the air!

Task 6

Make up your own April Fool’s trick.
This is a task to finish the class with. Ask students to think of their own idea for an April Fool’s trick. They can be as elaborate as they like. If you have done task 5 they should have got lots of ideas already. If you want, hold a class vote to decide on the best trick.

Make up your own April Fool’s trick.

My April Fool’s Trick.

I think it would fool people because…


  1. http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org
  2. www.wikipedia.org
  3. www.bbc.co.uk