Heterogeneous groups of 4 are best for all versions of Find the Fiction, and it’s best to for different groups for different activities so that, over time, all students get a chance to work together. This resource describes a quick way to get students paired up heterogeneously for the topic of the lesson: Topic-Specific Teams. It also describes several fun ideas for random grouping.
Here, the Find the Fib statement sets are pre-prepared by the teacher on a PowerPoint presentation. This would give the teacher a chance to circulate around the room as student groups discuss each statement set. The teacher could also ask the student reporters which word or words in the Fib makes it untrue, before this is revealed on the next slide.
I love the “ah-ha” moment in this video of the group discussion step in Find the Fib. (The video is titled Find the Fiction, but the teacher has provided the statement set, so technically it is Find the Fib). Clearly the material that this teacher has chosen for the lesson is challenging, and yet not overly difficult for these students. You can also see how the stronger students step right up to help the weaker students “see” what they are missing.
Find the Fib is more teacher-guided than the earlier version, Find the Fiction. It requires more preparation, but can go more quickly in the classroom. It can be used to elicit students’ background knowledge before introducing a new topic, or to check understanding at the end of a class period or unit.
Guess the Fib, described here, is slightly different from Find the Fiction. Each student writes their own set of statements, and the teacher calls on one student at random to read their statement set for all the student groups to work on (instead of each group working on one of their own member’s statement sets).
Find the Fiction gets everyone involved. Having the student who is sharing their statement set stand up gets some physical activity going. It also lets the teacher easily see the groups’ on-task behaviors. This 44-second YouTube would be a great way to introduce the activity to the class.