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14 Hilarious Homework Excuses

14 Hilarious Homework Excuses

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If you're an educator, you've undboubtedly heard your fair share of excuses from students who don't have their assigned homework with them, which can range from plausible to hilariously absurd.

We've compiled some of the BEST homework excuses that educators in our Facebook community have heard during their time in the wacky world of teaching.

Students' Best Excuses 


"I couldn't do my homework because my room is haunted."
Submitted by Melania Martinez


Submitted by Lindsey Burns


"My gator peed on it."
Submitted by Karen Smith Brangers


Submitted by Ally Echols


"A wolf came into my house and took my backpack with my homework."
Submitted by Doug Hinkle


Submitted by Susan Pryor


"I did my homework, but when the martians came, they sucked all the ink off my paper."
Submitted by Paula Scott


Submitted by Barbara Bittner Brint Gottlieb


"A tornado sucked my homework right out of my mom's car."
Submitted by Alyce Grover


Submitted by Jeannie Griffith Wallace


"A kangaroo ate it."
Submitted by Vicki Lorraway


Submitted by Tabytha Sidders


"I left my homework in the back of a pickup truck. Went through a carwash."
Submitted by James Dittes


Submitted by Ralph Swem

We want to hear from you! What's the best excuse a student has ever given you for not doing their homework?

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asia okada's picture

By the way, I love all the funny things you guys came up with for your excuses=)

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Hey fifth graders--I just want to say how much I'm enjoying reading your excuses. They're really funny. :-)

Guest's picture

My favorite was #5 that's funny. My favorite joke that I made up is my guinea pig got out of his play pen and ate half of my homework.---------By:Hannah G

Eduardo Garcia's picture

My favorite excuse was #13 I liked it because I like trucks and it is something I would say.

My excuse is I stayed at my aunts house left my homework in her car.

sarvesh's picture

Hahaha nice one. I like the 4th one. "My dad forget to do it for me" ultimate one.

Ivett Melara's picture

Most of them are true! Students have imagination and creatitvity to lie and persuade all the time with their assignments!

Best teach evea's picture

Omg I teach first grade and there is this child Charlie Luke and he said my mommy used it as toilet paper now it's in the sewer lol I was rolling

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Josie Whitehead - Children's Poet and busily "retired" teacher


By Josie Whitehead

There are a million, billion reasons
Why their homework's not been done,
But listed here are some of them
And I think you'll find them fun:

"My baby brother tore it up
And ate it for his tea."
"Our puppy came and sniffed at it,
Then used it for a wee."

"I left it in the house somewhere,
But where, I had forgotten.
Dad, thinking it was toilet paper,
Used it on his bottom."

"It got mixed with the washing,
Then went through the machine,
But look! We saved the paper
And it came out really clean!"

"I prefer to do my homework
In the cemetery at night - b u t
A ghost came up and scared me
And I dropped it in my fright."

"My psychiatrist told me yesterday
That it's not good for the brain,
So I quickly tore my homework up
And chucked it down the drain."

The reasons why it's not been done
Can really be absurd.
Now teacher, where's your thinking cap?
Get ready with your words!

So, what funny excuses can you make?

Bobby Bint's picture

Once, I had the best homework excuse ever: my two year old (at the time) sister weed on it. The worst part is that it was true!

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