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The best homework excuses

Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Sofia Zhiminaicela, Hampton Bays

It has happened to all of us. We just forgot to do our homework or we left it at home. What do you tell the teacher? We asked 107 sixth-graders what excuses they have given. Here are the top ones:

  • My sister made my homework into a paper airplane and flew it away.
  • I fell asleep and woke up thinking I finished it.
  • My parents took me on a surprise vacation after school and we got back this morning.
  • My dog knocked over a glass of water and destroyed my homework.
  • I burned my paper.
  • I told my teacher that I dropped my homework in my fishbowl.
  • My mom recycled it by accident.
  • My mom was shredding papers that she didn’t want and didn’t know that my homework was in the pile.

We learned that 74 of the excuses were the truth and 33 were lies. We were surprised how many people were not truthful in their excuses. Whether or not the excuses were true, many were still very funny.

Lori Shyman’s sixth-grade class, Clarke Middle School, Westbury

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