- Third Grade
- Reading, ESL
- 65 minutes
- Standards: W.3.1
Being able to distinguish between fact and opinion is really important for young students. Help your third-graders understand the difference between them with this worksheet-enriched reading lesson.
Students will be able to distinguish between facts and opinions.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Discuss the difference between fact and opinion with the students.
- Write two examples of each on the board.
- Make the examples challenging. For example, "Summer is awesome!" Many students may guess this is a fact, because they agree with the statement. Remind students that an opinion can't be proven.
- Explain that many facts are linked to history, geography, and science.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)
- Distribute the Be a Detective: Fact or Opinion worksheet.
- Read aloud the two paragraphs.
- In the margins, have students write down clues that helped them figure out whether this was a fact or an opinion.
- Share aloud and write the answers on the whiteboard.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Give students the Facts and Opinions worksheet.
- Go over the sheet and give one or two answers as examples.
- Allow students to work in pairs.
- Go over the answers as a class.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Allow students time to work independently on the Fact or Opinion worksheets.
- Enrichment: Have advanced students underline how they knew that the example was a fact or an opinion. Have students write their own examples of the back of the sheet.
- Support: Pull aside struggling students, and work with them in a small group.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Bring all students back together.
- Go over the answers to the worksheets. Write down the correct answers on the whiteboard.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Review the definitions of fact and opinion.