FREE Critical Thinking Activity: Did I Cheat? Psst I'm lying? with INTRO VIDEO

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OPEN-ENDED REAL WORLD critical thinking lesson: Can your students find the lie?

Students watch a live stream video of an online giveaway. 

  • Did I cheat? Maybe. 

  • Am I lying? Absolutely. 

  • Can your students figure out the lie? Let's find out!


The video is also on the first slide of the slideshow lesson!

It goes over:

  • 2:03 Why are we doing this?

  • 3:00 Why does the video in the challenge look like it's talking to teachers?

  • 4:34 What do we do? (Look for clues and inconsistencies) - ANALYSIS

  • 5:15 Quick overview of the mini lesson on 3 critical thinking strategies

  • 5:39 Using a student-created checklist to see if I'm lying - EVALUATING

  • 7:24 What the class conversation might sound like

More stuff:

  • Use the optional handouts to provide more structured support for students.

  • 44 questions help guide students through the slideshow lesson and critical thinking process.

Visit educircles.org/did-i-cheat for a BIG HINT about what the lie is...


Students explore 3 critical thinking strategies:

  • USE CRITERIA to analyze and evaluate whether I am lying.

  • Become more FULL MINDED and try to figure out what other information you need to figure out if I’m lying.

  • Try to be more OPEN MINDED and wonder how the other point of view might be correct.


  • Distance Learning friendly: Edit the Microsoft Powerpoint™ and Google Slides™ files 

  • Answer key NOT provided. This is an open-ended real world problem. Sample answers are not provided so that students are not guided towards the "right" answer. 

  • EMAIL ME at Mike@educircles.org if you want a hint so you can provide some more clues to your students.

This lesson includes a few slides and concepts from the 6Cs CRITICAL THINKING chapter of the GROWTH MINDSET 21st Century Learning bundle.


ABOUT THE Educircles "DID I CHEAT" challenge

Did I Cheat is a series of high-interest, real-world critical thinking activities designed for grades 6 and up.

The free slideshow lessons can be taught at any time. The lesson focuses on slightly different critical thinking examples.

There are currently 2 rounds of the "Did I Cheat?" challenge.

Did I Cheat ROUND 1 ran from APR - JUN 2021

  • The critical thinking lesson focuses on “cheating
  • How can we create a way to 1) cheat and get away with it or to 2) be more honest and transparent.

Did I Cheat ROUND 2 Psst I’m Lying runs from NOW - September 30, 2021

  • The critical thinking lesson looks at the criteria for “lying” (instead of cheating)
  • What additional info do we need to know to figure out if someone is lying?


..... Mon Oct 25, 2021 update: For those of you doing report cards, parent-teacher interviews, and other fun stuff, good luck!

NEW! Added a student discussion guide to go with this article about DEVIOUS LICKS and ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP.

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Change Log

Version 2.2 STUDENT INTRO VIDEO update (Sep 19, 2021)

Content changes:

  • Slide 1 now has a video explaing to students what to do

Other changes:

  • Simplified READ ME PDF
  • Embedded fonts into the powerpoint so now no one has to worry about installing fonts.

Version 2.1: BIG HINT update (Aug 5, 2021)

Content changes:

  • Slide 11 now has talks about where to get a BIG HINT

Other changes:

  • READ ME FIRST PDF (FILE 1a) updated to include information about worksheet package and BIG HINT
  • (FILE 1b) updated information about the Did I Cheat Psst I’m lying resource

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the TpT Questions & Answers. You can also email me at Mike@educircles.org

Total Pages
10 slides + 1 cover slide
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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