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Easy Fact and Opinion instruction

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Activity Type: Introduce
Activity Form: Standard
Grade: K, 1, 2, 3
Group Size: Individual, Pair, Small Group
Length: 15 minutes
Materials: Fiction/Non-ficion book, chart paper
Goal: Understand Fact and opinion
Items: Fact and opinion

What to do

  1. Write the terms fact and opinion on the chart paper. Ask students what they think these terms mean.

Look at the terms on the chart paper. What do you think fact means? What does opinion mean?

2. Record the students’ comments on the chart paper.

3. Explain the meaning of fact and opinion. Facts are true statements. Real names, dates, things from history, and statistics are facts. Opinions, on the other hand, are personal ideas. Let’s do an example. Think about a red balloon. A fact about the balloon would be that it is red. This is a true statement. No one can argue this. An opinion might be that a red balloon is prettier than a blue balloon. This is one person’s idea. Some people might think the blue balloon is prettier.

4. Give examples of the ways students have already come into contact with fact and opinion in their own lives.

  1. Can you tell one fact about your life? Have you ever had an opinion that differed from someone else’s opinion? What is your opinion about this picture in our classroom?
  2. Have students read a book and using your chart paper have them divide in half and write facts on one side opinions on the other. Discuss.

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