As children grow, they need to learn the ability to evaluate information and develop critical thinking skills. Learning the difference between fact and opinion is the start of this journey so it’s crucial to support their fact and opinion understanding. Encouraging these skills will mean that kids can make well-reasoned judgments and produce evidence-based arguments in the future. Let’s take a look at 18 fun fact or opinion activities.
1. Fact or Opinion Robots
Based on the wonderful book by Michael Rex, this activity requires a pencil, markers, glue, and scissors. Students choose their robot from the free printouts and in the front body section, fill in the topic they will write about. Each section should be completed and the robots should then be full of facts and opinions at the end.
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2. Fact or Opinion Sorting Cards
This opinion-sorting game quickly teaches students the concept of sorting fact from opinion. The game cards are simply sorted into two piles; fact, and opinion. These can be personalized so that they are related to your class’s story or current learning topic.
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3. Crack the Case Activity
In this detective-based exercise, students must read witness statements and determine what’s fact and what’s opinion. This will test even the most confident students’ analytical skills! The student who can sort through the opinions to reveal the facts the fastest wins.
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4. Ice Cream Activity
In this lovely resource, students must sort the fact and opinions of ice cream scoops into the correct cones. For added fine motor skill practice, kids can cut these out themselves and glue them into their books on top of the correct cone.
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5. What is the Difference Between Facts and Opinions?
This fun video starts by giving examples of opinions and goes on to explain that facts are statements that can be proven. This is a fantastic video to show your kids when just starting to discuss the language utilized when giving opinions.
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6. In My Opinion
This wonderful story by Deb Bird will be a huge benefit to students starting to study opinion writing. It follows the story of a young girl who is surprised to learn not everyone shares her opinions. She quickly realizes that opinions can change if we learn to use critical thinking skills.
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7. Fact Anchor Chart
For this simple activity, display a fact and opinion poster on your anchor chart and write several facts and opinions on post-it notes. Students must then work together to sort the facts from the opinions by placing them on the correct poster.
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8. Fact or Opinion Clue Words
This is the perfect resource for students learning to sort fact from opinion! Students must cut out the sentences and place them in the correct column. Students are then encouraged to look for ‘clue’ words such as good, bad, best, better, worst, etc. to help them.
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9. Sorting Activity
In this Winter sorting game, students must sort the facts from the opinions and place them in the correct columns. This is a great pairs activity for kids to work on their opinion reading and defining skills.
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10. Fact or Opinion
These fact and opinion paddles can be easily made using popsicle sticks and colored cardstock. You’ll read out extracts from a non-fiction book; pausing when you want the kids to vote if your statement is fact or opinion. They then simply hold their paddles up in the air to vote.
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11. Read, Think, and Write Activity
This worksheet has handy lined sections for students to neatly write their answers. They are encouraged to carefully read the statement, think about whether this is fact or opinion, and write their answer neatly.
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12. Identifying Facts and Opinions
Display an illustration from the book you are currently reading on your whiteboard. Have students work together in pairs and write down 3 facts and 3 opinions about the illustration. Discuss the difference between a photograph and an illustration before this task.
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13. Lunch Game
In this fun game, students must help fact and opinion make their lunches. The fact only likes foods with facts on them and opinion only likes food with opinions on them, so sorting through them is key. This is a great review for kids learning to differentiate between fact and opinion.
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14. Sentence Starters
These sentence starters are perfect for little ones just developing their fact and opinion writing skills. Here, they are introduced to the idea of creating an opinion, a reason, and a closing statement.
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15. Telling the Difference Posters
Here, kids are given some keywords to help them distinguish between fact and opinion. Go through this with your kids and then task them with making their own ‘How to Tell a Difference’ poster. They must use different keywords and make it colorful and informative.
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16. Fact vs Opinion Flow Chart
Have your students create a flow chart based on your class story to decide whether certain statements are facts or opinions. They must consider whether the evidence comes from a reliable source and if it contains any opposing or differing evidence.
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17. Fake News
Provide your students with a photograph. They must then produce 2 news articles based on it. One must only state opinions and the other, facts. It can be based on the truth, or be entirely false- it’s up to them.
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18. OREO Opinion
The OREO method teaches students to offer their Opinion, give a Reason, offer Examples, and once again give their Opinion and why they feel this way. First Grade Wow offers exciting fact and opinion printables, including, sentence starters and a handy opinion writing checklist; both of which are ideal for keeping on students’ desks.
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