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Truth Monitor: Visual Tool for Explaining Telling the Truth Versus Lying
Do you have students who need extra help understanding what telling the truth is? Do you know children who are lying often and need an extra explanation and visual to discuss the significance of telling the truth versus lying? This tool is effective for both young and old general education students and students with learning disabilities including autism.
Print either the large chart (2 different charts available) for the classroom or the small chart for a student to use in their personal space. I use the small one for students to keep at their work areas, in their folders or even wear on a lanyard around the neck. Glue the printed chart on construction paper or cardstock. Laminate and cut out. Use the supplied arrow and tape it to a clothespin. This allows the teacher to move the arrow to the appropriate category. If a clothespin is to cumbersome, use a paperclip to easily move around.
I highly recommend that this tool be used in a discussion format with the teacher modeling examples of a truth and a lie. Then after teaching moments, the tool can be used in real situations to help the student monitor his or her truthfulness.