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.


Energizers, Part 1 – Gotcha.

In high school, we often forget about the importance of doing some structured short kinesthetic and fun physical activities to break up the day.  We’ve all seen it; the students come back from lunch heavy with grease and soda and about to crash in advisory.  You want to get them going, but “Grab your journal!” just doesn’t have the compelling pull you think it should.  This is the time for an energizer – a short activity designed to engage people, get them up and moving around – life the spirit and pump the blood.  They don’t have to be fancy or heavily planned: you could teach students a couple of yoga poses, a dance, or play “Simon Says.”  You can also try these activity:

  1. Gotcha – (Grab the Finger) – this one works (Description is from this web page)
  • Participants stand in a circle, arms out to the side.  Left hand palm up, right index finger pointing down and touching on neighbor’s outstretched palm.
  • “When I say the word go, do two things…. grab the finger in your left hand, and prevent your right finger from being grabbed… 1 … 2 … 3 … [add suspense] … Go!”.
  • Repeat several times. Try doing best two out of three, rotate to different partners
  • Tom Leahy advises “put big energy, and your own style to it…it never fails to grab everyone’s attention, bringing them immediately to the present…Provides perfect off the bus spark for the day….Good for 10 minutes”.
  • The trick is dramatizing the “Go!”, the build up of suspense, and most will jump the gun, adding to the fun.
  • Try a different trigger word, e.g., “Cheese”, and mention lots of other “eeze” words for humor – peas, sneeze, wheeze, please and freeze.
  • Or use the word/theme of the day – this is a good way to reinforce topics that you have been working on in advisory.
  • Can transition to talking about “assumptions” and “temptation”, etc.
  1. Remember, as a leaderDon’t be afraid to be goofy (if you won’t,  no one else will).