Games – Truth or Lie?


This fun and easy-to-play board game will keep all of your students engaged and get them speaking English. Perfect as an ice-breaker activity or end-of-class filler.

Hello and thank you for your interest in the Truth or Lie? game on Goodesia. It is an activity I use often at the end of class, especially after a difficult reading or grammar lesson, to give the students a chance to decompress and have a little fun. Although it is a lighter activity, there are some WIDA expectations and Common Core standards it intersects with.

  • ELD-SI.K-3.Narrate: Share ideas about one's own and others' lived experiences and previous learning.
  • ELD-SI.4-12.Narrate: Same as above.
  • ELD-SI.K-3.Inform: Define and classify facts and interpretations: determine what is known vs. unknown.
  • ELD-SI.4-12.Inform: Same as above.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1: Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

Both the WIDA ELD expectations and Common Core standards cited here don't change across the grade levels, making this activity appropriate for all ages. (What does change are the specific language features the students use to share their ideas and knowledge of English and its conventions.)

Above is part of a table from the WIDA ELD Standards Framework 2020 Edition. You can see a sample classroom application for Narrate is to answer the question, "Who are my heroes?" When students land on the square Your Hero in the game, they will have a chance to either tell the truth or lie. Their classmates must guess either verbally or with a gesture (thumbs up/thumbs down, for instance) if they are telling the truth, thus keeping everyone engaged with the activity.

The file is pdf. The activity is easy and low-prep. If the class is online, simply show the game board to the students and use different computer marker colors to keep track of the students. If in-person, just print the game board and laminate for repeated use. You will need dice and tokens.

All pictures used are my own.

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