3 Truths, 1 Lie: The Strategy Spotlight Challenge

Welcome to the first “Spotlight on Strategies” Challenge.

This weekly S.O.S series is designed to provide you help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

3 Truths, 1 Lie (PDF Version)

Many of you may be familiar with the game ?3 Truths, 1 Lie? in which colleagues or friends share 3 factual statements and 1 fictional statement about themselves. Participants guess the lie and, in the process, everyone learns more about each other.
It?s important that we help our students strengthen their digital literacy. Part of that involves helping students learn to distinguish the most important concepts found in media. This activity will allow you to help students focus on the big idea and key takeaways.

Watch the video segment titled Adelie Penguins: Nest Building to determine which statement below is a lie. 1) Penguins have been known to be rock robbers. 2) Adelies lay their eggs on the ice. 3) Males build impressive nests to impress their mates.
4) Adelies are the smallest of the Antarctic penguins.

Preview a video segment, song, audio file, or reading passage. Create a ?3 Truths, 1 Lie? that will help focus students? attention on what you want them to recall about the content.

Encourage students to create their own ?3 Truths, 1 Lie.? Use their examples to create a formative assessment of the unit of study.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

For more information on how we are shining the light on digital integration through this weekly blog series click here.  So see other strategies in this series click here.


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  1. Karen Wells said:

    I will be implementing this strategy Thursday with a group of students I have who are reading Catch-22. While they are watching the video Great Books: Catch-22, it will be each student’s responsibility to come up with 3 truths and a lie about the video. This activity will then become part of the student-generated assessments that will form the overall novel project. When they finish the assignment, I’ll share some of their work.

  2. Science Dey said:

    Neat idea. This is a great way to focus on misunderstandings when thinking about science concepts and not just factual information. Why not use it as a thicket out the door activity.

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  4. Becky said:

    I am new to blogs, but our grade is planning to follow and use some of the ideas. We love the \3 Truths, 1 Lie\. Looking forward to trying it with my next science unit.

  5. Holidaymaker said:

    I’ve done this strategy before, a great way to get students to compare and contrast as well as analyse.

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