Two truths, one lie

Students are asked to present 3 personal statements, where one of them is a lie. Can the rest of the group identify which one it is? 

Activity goal
Get to know each other
In class
Hybrid | Offline | Online
< 10 minutes| < 30 minutes
Group size
Small | Medium


Step 1

Ask every student to prepare 3 statements about themselves; one of those statements needs to be a lie. The lie should, however, not be obvious, as the goal for other students is to guess which one it is. In the Tools and Materials section below you find ways to facilitate this. 

Step 2

One student presents his or her 3 statements. 

Step 3

Voting takes place, where the rest of group guesses which statement was a lie. Give some voters the opportunity to motivate their guess and let the student reveal the answer. 

Step 4

Repeat until everyone participated and join the activity if possible. 


To keep this activity energizing, use it with groups of 15-20 students maximum.

Consider the tools and materials mentioned here as suggestions. In many cases it’s possible to use alternative tools. Please turn to the Learning & Innovation team of your faculty (EUR or EMC) first to see which online and offline tools are available and how to apply them. 


  • Ask all students to make 3 paper voting signs with 1, 2 and 3 written on them. Next, ask them to write down their 2 truths and 1 lie for themselves. Let one student start and read out loud his or her statements. Now fellow students have to vote which statement is false by showing the 1, 2 or 3 sign. Give various voters the opportunity to explain their choice. 
  • Ask students to send their statements to you before class so you can upload them in Mentimeter. Use the polling tool in Mentimeter to let students vote in class. 
  • You can use a Miroboard in class to let students write their statements and vote on them. 


  • Use the paper voting signs in a face-to-face setting. 

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