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Fact vs. Opinion Sort

In this lesson, students develop an understand of the difference between facts and opinions. After analyzing different statements, students write their own sentences to sort and analyze.
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Students will be able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

(5 minutes)
  • Say, "I think apples are the best fruit in the entire world."
  • Have students raise their hands if they agree with you.
  • Ask students if your statement was an example of fact or opinion.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that facts are always true, while opinions vary from person to person. Opinions show people's thoughts and personal preferences.
  • Tell students that you are going to read sentences from index cards. Some will be facts, such as, "People are mammals," and some will be opinions, such as, "People are the craziest mammals."
  • On the board, write "Fact" on one side and "Opinion" on the other. Take out your index cards and read the statement on the first one aloud.
  • Ask students if this statement is a fact or an opinion. Tape the card in the appropriate section of the board.
  • Repeat this process with the rest of the cards.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask for volunteers to share sentences that are either facts or opinions.
  • As you call on students, write their statements on index cards.
  • Have the rest of the class determine whether the sentence goes on the fact or opinion side of the board.
(20 minutes)
  • Hand out five index cards to each student. Have them write one fact or opinion on each card.
  • When students finish, put them in groups of four. Have them work together to sort all of their cards (20 in all) into fact and opinion piles.
  • When the sorting is complete, students can complete the worksheets.

Support: Have students use sentence stems to complete their opinion statements, such as "I like ____" or "The best ____ is ____."

Enrichment: If students finish early, they can write paragraphs based on facts or opinions, then share them with each other.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess how students are distinguishing between fact and opinion.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask for volunteers to share a few of the sentences their groups sorted and how they labeled them (fact or opinion).

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