April Themes, Holiday Activities, and Events for Elementary Students

April Calendar Events with Correlating Activities

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Here is a list of April themes, events, and holidays with correlating activities to go with them. Use these ideas for inspiration to create your own lessons and activities, or use the ideas provided.

Celebrate April Themes, Events, and Holidays all Month Long:

April Holidays and Events with Correlating Activities

  • April 1st - April Fools Day - Have students learn about the origin and history of April Fools Day, then have students try and execute a prank on their classmates.
  • April 2nd - International Children's Book Day - Celebrate (ICBD) by calling attention to children's books. Plan fun activities that correlate with books, and have students complete a book activity each day throughout the month.
  • April 3rd - Find a Rainbow Day - Celebrate find a rainbow day by having students try and wear every color of the rainbow to school. Ask students to bring in rainbow colored treats, and create a rainbow inspired poem to share with the class.
  • April 7th - World Health Day - What's a better way to celebrate World Health Day than to have students bring in healthy treats to class? First, review with a few nutritional activities, then allow the children to eat their treats.
  • April 8th - Zoo Lover's Day - The perfect date for a field trip to your local zoo.
  • April 10th - National Sibling Day - Honor this special day by having students create a graphic organizer comparing themselves to their sibling.
  • April 10th - Encourage a Young Writer Day - Encourage students to write about anything! Use newspapers, have them write to a pen pal, or even write in their journal.
  • April 12th - International Day of Human Space Flight - Honor the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin by partaking in space-related activities.
  • April 13th Thomas Jefferson's birthday - Read the book "A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson" by David A. Adler. Then have students create a timeline of the important events that happened in his life.
  • April 14th - 20th Library Week - Improve your students' library skills by having them research using an encyclopedia, dictionary, and any other resources your school library may have.
  • April 18th - Paul Revere Day - Teach students about how Paul Revere rode to alert the patriots that "The British are coming..." in 1775. Read students the book "A Picture Book of Paul Revere" by David. A. Adler. Then have students use a Venn Diagram to compare Thomas Jefferson and Paul Revere.
  • April 19th- Humorous Day - A fun way to celebrate this silly day is to divide students into teams of two, and have them compete in a joke competition.
  • April 21st - Kindergarten Day - Kindergarten Day is celebrated in honor of Friedrich Froebel who started the first kindergarten. Celebrate this exciting day by having students bring in a photo of when they were in kindergarten. Then have each child tell about a favorite memory they have from kindergarten.
  • April 22nd - Earth Day - Teach students to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  • April 26th - Arbor Day - This is usually the last Friday of April, and the dates may vary from state to state. To celebrate this day with your students, plant a tree or take your students for a hike.
  • April 28th - Poetry Reading Day - Celebrate Poetry Reading Day by having students recite their favorite poems. Then encourage students to write their own poems.
  • April 30th - National Honesty Day - National Honesty Day is honored to encourage people to be more honest. On this day, provide students with a character education lesson plan, and have students brainstorm a list of ways on why it's important to tell the truth, and be honest.