Find the Fib – sometimes known as 2 Truths and a Lie – is one of my favorite activities to use and reuse in the classroom. It requires little to no prep, can be used in all subject areas, requires higher level thinking, and my 3rd grade students never got tired of it.
How Find the Fib Works
Basically, have students write down 3 statements – two that are true and one that is a lie. After all of your students have finished writing, have them read their statements to a partner. Partners have to guess which statement is the fib!
It’s simple, low prep, and fun. Students can complete this activity on a blank sheet of notebook paper or get a a Free, Resuable Find the Fib printable here!
Find the Fib as a Team Builder or Ice Breaker
This activity makes a great ice breaker for back to school. I would always model this to my students the first week of school by writing 2 true statements about myself and 1 lie. My class would have to guess which statement was the lie. Then, my 3rd grade students would create their own statements and have a variety of different partners try to guess the lie. This was a fun way for students to get to know each other – and it required students to write!
Other Ways to Use Find the Fib in the Classroom
This activity is incredibly versatile. Not only does it make a great back to school ice breaker, but it can be used for practically any subject.
-After reading a fiction book, have students write 2 truths and 1 lie about events that occurred in the book
-After learning about character traits, have students write 2 truths and 1 lie describing their own character traits (see more character trait activities here)
-After reading a nonfiction article or book, have students write 2 truths and 1 lie about the topic they read about
-After reading a nonfiction article or book, have students write 2 truths and 1 lie about the text features found in the article or book (find more text feature activities here)
-After learning about a famous person, have students write 2 truths and 1 lie about that person
-After studying a topic in science or social studies, have students write 2 truths and 1 lie about that topic (butterflies, American symbols, planets, the water cycle, landforms, etc.)
-Use this activity as a team building activity throughout the school year. Students can write 2 truths and 1 lie about themselves in a variety of ways – their favorite foods, favorite music, people in their family, favorite colors, hobbies, etc.
The possibilities are truly endless. I always kept extra copies of this activity easily accessible. This made a great culminating activity if I ever had any extra time to kill or if I had a surprise observation from an administrator. An activity that has students engaged, writing, and talking with each other is always a win.
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