Materials: objects that can easily be held and hidden
Time: 10+ minutes
1. 3-5 thieves are chosen to “steal” something from other students.
2. The thieves stand at the front of the room, side by side.
3. All other students choose something to hold (a pen, notebook, eraser, etc.).
4. When the teacher says, “Lights out!” students must close their eyes and bury their heads in their arms on their desks.
5. One arm should be across the desk gently holding the object.
6. The thieves will then go around the class and choose one object each before returning to the front of the class hiding the objects behind their backs.
7. When the teacher says, “Time to get up!” students raise their heads and try to guess who stole their items. Two things must happen here:
First, victims must describe their items to everyone so the class can help guess who stole each item.
Victim 1: Someone stole my red pen! It was long and thin with a white shaft (body) and red cap.
Victim 2: Someone stole my book! It was a thick math book.
Second, the class must ask each thief about what he or she stole using yes or no questions
Student A: Thief 1, is your object long and thin?
Thief 1: No, it isn’t.
Student B: Thief 1, is your object heavy?
Thief 1: Yes, it’s kind of heavy.
Class: I know! You stole Victim 2’s book!
Thief 1: You got me! / You got the wrong guy
8. Each question allows the thieves to take a step toward the door. Once the thieves get through the door, they are free.
9. False accusations allow the thieves three steps toward the door.
- The decoy: Five students stand at the front of the room. Four are thieves as usual, but the fifth takes a neutral object (not from one of the students)
- The liar: Make 1 student a liar. He or she doesn’t take anything, but will pretend to have a victim’s item.