Super excited to share this new activity with you guys. It was inspired by Sarah over at mathequalslove when we discussed some common activities that could be structured around all courses. One of those awesome ideas was the game Truths & Lies which is amazing!!
I originally came across this idea as an icebreaker that you do on the first day with your students so everyone can get to know each other and get a few laughs.
1) Allie & I were almost licked by a giraffe
2) I've been ziplining in the mountains
3) I won $1000 on a lottery ticket
Can you guess which one is the lie?
Wait for it!
Wait for it!
Wait for it!
Eventually I'll tell you...
I promise I will...
Which one do you think was the lie???
Our first trip to the zoo was amazing! Thanks to an awesome friend
who let us come visit over the summer and took us to the zoo.
Wish I had gotten someone to take the pictures but it was a last minute decision. You know your an exhausted momma and teacher when you would rather take a nap during free time than go zip lining or ride go carts. HAHAHA!! Luckily when I woke up there was still plenty of play time left. This was truly an awesome experience and I hope to do again in the future.
Well I guess you now know I haven't hit it big with the lottery. I'm smart enough to use my money for something that is a sure thing... like new teacher clothes!!
So back to the activity...
Later I came across the idea while looking at twitter or a blog about how someone used this idea in the classroom (honestly, I can’t even remember where – too many great resources). I then decided to use it in my classroom with my geometry unit and congruence shortcuts where students in groups had to create 2 correct examples and 1 wrong example. Then all the other groups had to try to figure out which example was incorrect. It actually worked really great and got them talking.
After talking with Sarah about some other cool ideas this truths & lies kept coming back into my mind and I really wanted to make another card sort type game but with a little change. The activity below is what I have come up with so far. I have made one for my math 2 class on the sum of the angles in a triangle and one for my math 1 class on systems of equations using elimination. Here is a picture from class.
I'm also thinking it might be cool to laminate some larger ones and let kids make their own and switch among groups. If I try it out I'll let you know how it goes!
If you would like to download the file you can get them here: