- Second Grade, Third Grade
- 55 minutes
- Standards: W.3.1.B
My dog is better! In this lesson, your students will combine reading, writing, and movement to practice distinguishing and supporting facts and opinions.
Students will be able to communicate opinions of their own. Students will be able to state reasons explaining their opinions.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Recap the previous lesson you did on facts and opinions with your students.
- Remind your students that several things they thought were facts were actually opinions.
- Ask your students to define facts and opinions.
- Remind them that facts are statements that are true, while opinions are personal views or attitudes.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)
- First, read a short book or passage to the class, such as Magic Tree House passages by Mary Pope Osborne or non-fiction picture books.
- Next, have students stand up beside their desks.
- Tell students that they're going to play a game.
- Explain the rules of the game: Instruct a student to say something about the passage he just read. If the rest of the class thinks it's a fact, they will go to one side of the room. If they think it's an opinion, they will go to the other side.
- Model this a few times, and discuss why people answered the way they did.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Now, tell students that they are going to choose between two (or more) items by using their own opinions.
- Have students go back to their desks, and assign sides of the room as destinations for each choice on your list. For example, ask them to choose a favorite food, and list 3 options, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, or neither. Have your students move to various parts of the room depending on their answers.
- Ask the groups to come up with three reasons why they believe their choice is the best.
- Go around the classroom, and have each small group announce their three reasons. Write them on the board.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Instruct your students to work together in their groups to write a two paragraph paper about their chosen favorite.
- Make sure that your students include introductions, opinions, and conclusions.
- Collect these papers.
- Enrichment: Give your students the Declarative Worksheet to practice writing facts. Have them write facts about the object they chose in the activity.
- Support: Encourage your students to write a paragraph with both facts and opinions. Have them exchange this with a peer who can identify the facts and opinions for the writer.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Observe your students' interactions and thought processes.
- Assess students' grasp of the concept through the papers.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Review the day's lesson by having a student recap what he just learned.