When was the last time you gave a True/False activity? Most of us have moved away from these. They give kids a 50/50 shot at guessing. They actually take time to craft carefully --- and if we don’t take time, they end up being ridiculously easy for kids to answer. That makes them low level.
But recently, we have found a new life for true/false statements! *Full disclosure! We still have to spend some time on them so they aren’t super easy!
But the amount of thinking that goes into True/False/Fix might be worth it. You tell me what you think...
Higher Order Review: True, False, Fix
- What you need:
- 10-20 statements that are cut out and that are true and false. (Pro tip: use different colors and Ziploc bags to keep each group’s stacks from getting mixed with another’s)
- Blank paper (1 per group)
- Writing utensils
- Choose several statements that are higher order and true and false about the materials you are reviewing. (not “right there” statements)
- Choose 10-20 statements, depending on the length of your class and your students.
- Divide the students into pairs and separate throughout the room.
- Allow them to create their own team names
- Describe the expectations, rules, and processes of the review game.
- They must have done this before moving onto the next step.
- 10 minutes is enough time for them to read through it and separate.
- Phase 2: Set a timer and have the students correct the false statements.
- Phase 3: Go over the false statements with the class – this can be done by group, individually, or whole class. Don’t forget! Have the students correct the false statements.
- 8. Phase 4: Have the students write their own! 2 true and 2 false statements, share with a neighboring group, and teach their classmates!
- Explain the goal and expectations ahead of time.
- Work with the students in their groups.
- Allow them to use lesson materials, but remind them of the time limit.
- Idea: You can have the students earn points for correcting the false statements.
Benefits of True, False, Fix
- You can review larger topics and single quotes.
- The students can practice quickly correcting mistakes and form the correct answers.
- The students can write their own true-false statements and have a different group sort and correct, teaching the others.
Watch out for:
- What if they don’t write a corrected phrase? Walk through it with them! It’s super beneficial to do one as a whole class so they see it! (MODEL IT)
- They could get off-task…monitor them and interact with them during the game!
What do you think? Can your students try True/False/Fix? Will they review what you want them to review? Will it help? As always, I love to hear about it! Email me at email@example.com