Facts and Opinions: What's the Truth?

  • Second Grade
  • Writing
  • 95 minutes
  • Standards: W.2.1
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September 22, 2015
by Sanayya Sohail

Use this lesson to teach your students about facts and opinions. Teach them that a certain belief that they have about someone or something is not a fact!

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to differentiate between facts and opinions.

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Lesson

Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Ask your students if they know what a fact is. Explain that a fact is something that is true. Give your students an example of a fact. An example is that an octagon has eight sides.
  • Ask your students if they know what an opinion is. Explain that an opinion is a belief that people have about something or someone. Give your students an example of an opinion. An example is that Texas is the most beautiful state. Explain that it is an opinion because not everyone thinks Texas is the most beautiful state.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Go around the class and have each student say a fact.
  • Write them on the board.
  • Go around the class and have each student say an opinion.
  • Write them on the board.
  • Use a different colored board marker for facts and opinions.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Ask your students to complete the Fact and Opinions worksheet with a partner.
  • Go over the worksheet as a class.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Ask your students to complete the Fact or Opinion worksheet.
  • Go over the worksheet as a class.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Ask your students to pick out a book about an animal from the class library or school library. Direct your students to read the book and write down five facts about the animal on five different index cards. Ask your students to write five opinions from the book on the back side of the index cards.
  • Support: Ask your students to write a fact and an opinion about the pictures on the Reading Long Vowels worksheet. Do the first one with the students to model.

Review

Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Ask your students to write 3 facts and 3 opinions on notebook paper.

Review and Closing (15 minutes)

  • Go around the class and have each student say a fact and an opinion about the person next to him. Remind your students to say facts and opinions that are appropriate.

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