Minds On

Fact vs. opinion

If a fact is something that is true, can you tell if a statement is a fact or opinion?

Read each statement out loud or listen to each one.

Choose the word “fact” or “opinion” after each statement. You can also record your thoughts using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.

Action

Making statements

Press ‘Fact’ to reveal how we know if a statement is a fact.

A fact can be proven by research to be true or false.

Press ‘Opinion’ to reveal how we know if a statement is an opinion.

An opinion is something that someone thinks, feels, or believes. These statements usually have words like “I think…” or “I feel….”

Let’s practice deciding what statements are facts. As you explore this video about the Mars rover, record four facts that you learn. How did you know these were facts?

On your own, or with a partner, create Fact and Opinion statements from the video.

Include two fact statements and two opinion statements (use “I think…” or “I feel…” for your opinion statements).

Complete the Facts and Opinions chart in your notebook or using the following fillable and printable document.

Fact statements Opinion statements

 

 

 

 

Press the ‘Activity’ button to access Facts and Opinions. 

Student Success

Think-Pair-Share

Share your facts and opinions

Be ready to share your fact and opinion statements for someone to guess!

Note to teachers: See your teacher guide for collaboration tools, ideas and suggestions.

Consolidation

Let’s learn some facts

Let’s learn some facts! Choose one of the four topics to explore and record four fact statements and two opinion statements for that topic. Be sure to use “I think…” or “I feel…” for your opinion statements.

You can record your facts and opinions using a method of your choice.

  • Option 1: Sports facts - select a sport of your choice and explore videos, books, or audiobooks about your topic.
  • Option 2: Animal facts - select an animal of your choice and explore videos, books, or audiobooks about your topic.
  • Option 3: Plant facts - select a plant of your choice and explore videos, books, or audiobooks about your topic.
  • Option 4: Facts about the seasons - select a season of your choice and explore videos, books, or audiobooks about your topic.

Reflection

How do you feel about what you have learned in this activity? Which of the next four sentences best matches how you are feeling about your learning? Press the button that is beside this sentence.

I feel…

Now, record your ideas about your feelings using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.