Two Truths and a Lie, Novice Mid, ASL 102, Lab 06

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Two Truths and a Lie


Students will practice their learned vocabulary. Students will also discuss facts and ideas about themselves. 

Proficiency Level:

Novice Mid


Flyswatter, vocabulary, truth, lie, game, 

World-Readiness Standards:

Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations and correspondence in American Sign Language to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Standard 1.2 Students comprehend and interpret live and recorded American Sign Language on a variety of topics.

Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of American Deaf culture.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions

COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.

CLTR 1.2: Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can understand various vocab words 
  • I can ask questions about my peers 
  • I can sign basic statements about myself

Materials Needed:

Flyswatter Words


Dry Erase Markers

Google Slideshow


(Note for lab assistant: Go over the entire list of words first to make sure they know all the signs, do the signs that are similar right after each other. The goal of this activity is to get them to pay careful attention to signs!)

Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introducing the Can-Do's for the activity. 

1. The students will be evenly divided into teams of two or individuals.

2. The lab assistant will spread the cards out in front of the students (tape them to desk so they don't go flying.)

3. The lab assistant will sign a random word from the list.

4. The students will then use the flyswatter to hit the card that they believe is being signed.

5. If they hit the correct card, that team will get a point. If not, then they won't get a point.

6. The two students will pass the flyswatters on to the next pair of students, and the game will go on.

Main Activity

1. If no one has played before, explain the rules

a. The rules are as follows:

b. Everyone brainstorms two truths, and one lie

c. Then, have one student write their 3 statements on the whiteboards, then stand up and share their truths and lie.

d. The class will then guess which of the three was the lie, after that have them explain/talk about their the two truths for a little more conversation.

2. Then it's the next student's turn to share their truths and lie!


Ask the following questions to finish the lab: 

What did we struggle with?

What went well?

Did you like this activity?

End of lab:

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with cards
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self evaluation
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can understand various vocab words 
  • I can ask questions about my peers 
  • I can sign basic statements about myself
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