Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Take-Away Tuesday... on Wednesday!

My buddy Chelsea, over at Flip-Floppin' Through 3rd Grade, is having a link up.  It's all about tips, organization ideas, or activities for the upcoming school year.  Soooo... I decided I'd tell you a little about an activity that I do with my 5th graders every year. 
 Flip Floppin Through...3rd Grade
Maybe you don't know this about me yet, but in addition to being the librarian, (errr... media specialist...I still like the old school title better.) I also have the ummm... privilege of teaching drama.  Now, you also have to understand this: I only have my kids for 30 minutes at a time, twice per week and during that 30 minutes, I have to give them time to check out new books.  In other words, every lesson has to be a short one! There's always another class at the door just waiting to get in.
This is a short activity that I do that kind of ties into drama nicely, but I think anyone would enjoy it for a fun little icebreaker.  I didn't invent it and I don't really know where it came from originally, but I'm gonna share it with you.  The kids will beg to play it again and again! 
We call it, "Two Truths and a Lie." I usually go first so that I can demonstrate to the kiddos how we play.  When I introduce the activity, I tell them that this is their one and only chance to lie to me without any fear of getting in trouble.  :-)  You have to come up with 3 statements about yourself. Two of them are true and one is a lie.  Most people would probably let the kids guess, but I tell them that the object is for them to be able to fool me (hence, where the acting comes in).
Usually, I can guess right away!
If you had more time, you could even make a true game out of it... and even tie in a writing project.  Have them write their statements all down (make sure they number them), have students get a piece of notebook paper, write down the name of the student speaking, then have students make their guess on which statement is the lie by writing down, 1, 2, or 3! Total up the right answers at the end, and give the student with the most correct answers a prize!  They would love that!
Here's some of my go-to statements, let's see if you can figure out which one is my lie in the comments below. 
1. I own 3 blue Ford Mustangs
2. I am extremely scared of spiders.
3. I know how to run a bulldozer.
Got any guesses? 
Have a great day tomorrow... on purpose!


  1. What a fun way for kids to get to know each other! My two oldest boys are 11 and 12 and I know they would get a kick out of this game.
    Now, for your statements... I think the lie is owning three blue Mustangs (unless they're Matchbox cars!)

    Teaching in Progress

  2. I love this idea to use in the classroom! Thanks for sharing!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper