Energizer, Part 3

Two Truths and a Lie:

Step 1: The facilitator writes three statements on the board. Two statements are true, and one is a lie. Example:

I have been running 5 days a week for 7 years.
I have a pet fish called, “Abe Vagoda.”
I lived in Italy for a year.

Step 2: Encourage students to ask “lie detector” questions to get further information, in order to determine which statement is false.

  • Training – Where have you run? What is the most important advice for a new runner?  How do you prepare?  What races have you run? How long do you go each day? What year did you start?
  • Pet – How old is Abe Vagoda? What does it eat? How long have you had it?  Is it male?
  • Italy – Where did you live in Italy? What dialect of Italian is spoken there?  What is the local delicacy?

Step 3: Advisory votes on which statement is a lie. The facilitator reveals which are truths and which are lies.

Place participants in small groups (3 or 4 works well). Small groups repeat steps 1 – 3. Have participants introduce each other to the large group.  Remember, as a leader, don’t be afraid to be goofy (if you won’t,  no one else will).



  • Variation: Two Truths and a Dream Wish. As an interesting variation to the classic Two Truths and a Lie icebreaker, people may also play a version called Two Truths and a Dream Wish. Instead of stating a lie, a person says something that is not true — yet something that they wish to be true. For example, someone that has never been to Hawaii might say: “I have visited Hawaii when I was young.” This interesting spin often leads to unexpected, fascinating results, as people often share touching wishes about their lives.
  • Politifact – Go to this site to check the Truth-o-meter on current political discourse.


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