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.


Would You Rather


So, it’s friday. Lots of things to possibly do for advisory, but then it may be tense in school – getting near exhibitions, nearing the end of the month, the end of a long week.  Maybe it’s time for a fun discussion activity that can help people (as a by product) get to know each other better at a deep level.

One fun game to play in the group is “Would you rather”.  Just give people a choice between two opposite extremes and force a choice? What does this say about you that you made this choice?

The key, as in all discussion activities, is to stoke people to discuss the “why” behind their choice, play with the ideas and have people talk about examples.

Here are some questions you could ask (you can create lots more! – if you have some good ones, put them in the comments!)

Would you rather:

  • Be 4’1″ or 7’5″
  • loose your sight or loose your hearing
  • Save a sibling or a stranger from a fire
  • Meet an alien visitor or travel to outer space
  • Eat Sushi or Liver
  • Spend the day at the computer or at the beach
  • End Hunger or Hatred
  • Always lose or never play
  • Read everyone’s mind or know their future
  • Be forced to tell your friend a lie or tell your parents the truth
  • Have the power to fly or be invisible
  • Overthrow a dictator or be one
  • Be an actor or actress in big movie or be the director
  • Be remembered for doing good or being rich
  • Have a missing finger or an extra toe
  • Be forgotten or hatefully remembered
  • Talk to a friend or read a book
  • Get the last laugh or get first dibs
  • Be the sand castle or the wave
  • Find True love or 10 Million Dollars
  • Kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab
  • Give bad advice or take bad advice
  • Publish your diary or make a movie of your most embarrassing moment
  • Live without music or tv
  • Be gossiped about or never talked about at all


Also – have students write their own “Would you Rather questions – keep a running list for the year.” Turn it into a survey and have one student track the answers and cart them – maybe take them across advisories.  Let it ride!


We’ve Got Secrets

It’s Friday – a perfect day after a long week at school, it may be a good time to have a fun team-building advisory activity, high impact, low stress.  This activity is based on an old game show (I’ve Got a Secret) where people presented secrets about themselves and contestants had to guess the person’s secret by asking questions (a little like 20 questions).  The person couldn’t give the secret directly, only clues until the contestants guessed it or got close.  So here, an advisory activity inspired by I’ve Got a Secret…



  • You want to get students to write secrets down without showing anyone or telling anyone in advisory.  You then have to put these secrets on one paper to hand out to the whole advisory.
    • You might cut a piece of paper into strips and hand to students a strip, have them write their “secret” on it, then collect it, tape it all to one paper and xerox for the advisory. Or you pass out scrap paper, collect it, and quickly type it up for use with the advisory.
  • When coaching them to write down a secret, ask students to write something about themselves that other students in the class don’t already know. (You may need to remind them that it should be something they are willing to share with the group and is appropriate to share…)
  • Compile these “secrets” on one sheet.
  • Give one sheet to each member of advisory.
  • Have the students mingle and ask each other probing questions to try to match the “secret” to the person.
  • After a reasonable amount of time, bring the group together and reveal the truth – allow for enough time for students to elaborate on their “secret”.