An Interesting Twist

Take a look at this interesting twist on True/False.  Create a manipulative with a smiling face and a frowning face.

The two images can be placed back to back on a sheet of paper or cardstock, or they can be placed back to back on a popsicle stick.  You can provide one for each student or put students in groups with one set of faces per group.

Try any of the following activities.  Samples are given in English but would be in the target language of your classroom.  Ask students to explain their response.

Ask students to listen to or read a sentence and decide if it is TRUE or FALSE from a factual point of view and show the face that represents that.

EXAMPLES:
•  2 + 2 = 5 (FALSE)
•  The French Revolution began in 1789. (TRUE)

Ask students to listen to or read a sentence and decide if it is TRUE/real or FALSE/make believe and show the face that represents that.

EXAMPLES:
•  A mountain is higher than a hill. (TRUE)
•  Pigs can fly. (FALSE)

Give students a word, orally and/or in writing, with two definitions and ask them to indicate which is the true definition with the smiling face.

EXAMPLES:
•  a library: a place to purchase books (FALSE)
•  a library: a place to borrow books (TRUE)

Ask students to listen to or read two sentences and decide which one is TRUE/correct or FALSE/incorrect from a grammatical point of view.

EXAMPLES:
•  The student is looking for their book. (FALSE)
•  A spider has ate legs. (FALSE)

Ask students to listen to or read two sentences and decide which one is TRUE/present tense or FALSE/past tense (or any 2 tenses you wish to use).

EXAMPLES:
•  She goes to the movies with her family. (TRUE)
•  I went shopping for some boots. (FALSE)

Ask students to listen to or read a sentence that states a position and decide if they agree with the opinion (TRUE) or disagree with it (FALSE).

EXAMPLES:
•  All students should student a second language.
•  All students should get 8 hours of sleep each night.

AUTHOR:  Dr. Arlene White
Salisbury University