Would I Lie To You?

A few years ago I was obsessed with the idea of creating resources based on TV gameshows, including such things as Catchphrase, Pointless and A Question of Sport. Some of these I still use on a regular basis but one show I didn’t continue to use was Would I Lie To You? I made one resource for expanding single brackets where 3 students were selected to stand at the front and read out 3 answers – one of which was true – and the rest of the students needed to decide who was telling the truth.

Over Christmas I was doing some (last-minute!) Christmas shopping and I came across the ‘Would I Lie To You?’ board game and decided to buy it. I played it with the family on Christmas day and we all really enjoyed it. So it has got me thinking about how I can use the idea in the classroom to identify misconceptions.

The game is designed for 2 teams of up to 4 players and has 3 types of challenge:

  • Quickfire Lie – the player is given a card with the first half of an interesting fact. Underneath there is a correct answer and a blank space for the player to make up their own false answer. The aim is to decide which is the true answer.
  • Ring of Truth – the player is given a card, again with the first half of an interesting fact and a correct answer. Each of the players in the team has to come up with a false answer. The other team have to decide which is the truth.
  • This is… – the player is given a card with the first half of an interesting fact. If it is a TRUE card there is the second half of the fact and a picture which links to it. If it is a FALSE card there is no picture or second half of the fact. The player has to describe the picture and state the fact (if FALSE, they have to make up the picture and the second half of the fact). The other team then interrogate them about the picture before deciding whether it is true or false.

I am really excited to see how any of these ideas could be used effectively in the classroom and I will share any resources I make. If anyone has already made resources like this I would love to see them and find out how they went.

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Author: Gareth Evans

I have been a secondary Maths teacher at a north-west school for 4 years. I am a Head of House, www.coachinginschools.com accredited trainer and #mixedattainmentmaths advocate.

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