Introduce the difference between facts and opinions with our Fact and Opinion Lesson Plan. This engaging lesson introduces young students to the definition of a fact and an opinion, as well as prepares them to recognize the difference between facts and opinions. Students also understand the significance of proof in distinguishing fact and opinion.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:
- Distribute a small treat to each student. Tell them not to eat it. Ask them to describe its color and shape. Record their answers for display.
- Next, ask students to eat the treat. Ask students to share one word about its taste. Record the answers for display.
- Ask students: What is the difference between the responses in the first question with those of the second question.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion to facts and opinions, by asking question such as: How can you prove it? Do you think anyone would disagree with how you liked or disliked the treat?
- Allow for more responses and discussion.
- Distribute the Fact and Opinion content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use additional examples as needed for student understanding.
- Clarify the differences between facts and opinions, as well as their definitions.
- Distribute the Activity pages. Review the instructions. (You may allow each student to record answers on personal copies of the pages.)
- Depending on the level of students, pair the students and then do the first question together as a class. This will ensure students understand the directions.
- Once completed, allow students to share their responses. Check for student understanding.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.8, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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