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Engaging Activities teaching Fact and Opinion for Upper Elementary

I’m excited to share some fun activities that help teach fact and opinion. This skill increases reading comprehension and develops critical thinking. In this post, I’ll share some of my favorite activities, including games, to make learning about facts and opinions both effective and enjoyable.

Why Teach Fact and Opinion?

So you may be wondering why this skill is important to teach? Students understanding the difference between facts and opinions helps develop higher-level thinking skills. Facts are statements that can be proven true or false, while opinions are personal beliefs or judgments that can’t be proven. Learning to differentiate between the two helps students evaluate the information they encounter throughout their day.

Strategies for Teaching Fact and Opinion

There are several strategies to teach fact and opinion. In my class, visual anchor charts help the students when unsure if a statement is a fact or an opinion.

1. Introduce definitions

  • Fact: A statement that can be proven true or false.
  • Opinion: A statement that expresses a person’s feelings, thoughts, or beliefs and cannot be proven.

2. Look for Keywords

Teach students to look for keywords that can help identify whether a statement is a fact or an opinion. Create charts and posters that list keywords and questions. Display these visual aids in the classroom for easy reference, helping students remember what to look for when distinguishing between facts and opinions. Get FREE Fact and Opinion Anchor Charts! Opinion Keywords: best, worst, beautiful, ugly, always, never, etc.

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3. Ask Guiding Questions

To help develop critical thinkers, encourage students to ask themselves questions to determine if a statement is a fact or an opinion:

  • Can this statement be proven true or false?
  • Does this statement express a personal belief or feeling?
  • Is there evidence to support this statement?

4. Examples and Non-Examples

  • Provide clear examples and non-examples of facts and opinions.
  • Discuss why each example is a fact or an opinion.

Activities to teach Fact and Opinion

There are many interactive activities that you can use to teach/review fact and opinion.

Sorting Activity: Prepare cards with various statements. Have students work in pairs or groups to sort the cards into “Fact” and “Opinion” piles. This hands-on activity encourages collaboration and critical thinking.

Opinion Continuum: Create a line on the floor with “Strongly Agree” at one end and “Strongly Disagree” at the other. Read opinion statements aloud and have students position themselves along the line based on their personal opinions. This activity helps students understand the subjective nature of opinions.

Fact and Opinion Bulletin Board: Set up a classroom bulletin board dedicated to facts and opinions where students can add statements under the “Fact” or “Opinion” categories. Update the board weekly to keep it fresh and engaging. Use this bulletin board as a springboard for weekly class discussions by selecting a few statements to discuss why they are facts or opinions, encouraging students to explain their reasoning.

Classroom Debates Organize simple debates on age-appropriate topics. Assign students to argue either the fact side or the opinion side. This helps them practice distinguishing between presenting evidence and expressing viewpoints.

Fun Games to Review Fact and Opinion

Fact vs. Opinion Bingo: Make Bingo cards with a mix of fact and opinion statements. Call out statements one by one, and students mark whether each statement is a fact or an opinion on their cards. The first student to get a row marked correctly wins. This game is a great way to make learning interactive and fun.

Fact and Opinion Scoot: Make task cards with one fact and opinion written on each card. Move desks so that students can easily go from one desk to another playing scoot. Each student starts at one desk and when you say scoot, they move to the next desk and read the statement to determine whether or not it is a fact or opinion. Have students record their answers. Would you like ready-made scoot games? Check them out for some interactive fun!

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Fact or Opinion Jeopardy: Design a Jeopardy game with categories like “Historical Facts,” “Scientific Opinions,” and “Literature Facts.” Prepare questions that are either facts or opinions related to the category. Students choose a category and point value, then determine if the statement is a fact or an opinion. This adds a fun, competitive edge to learning.

Fact vs. Opinion Scavenger Hunt: Create a scavenger hunt where students search for statements around the classroom or school. Each statement should be labeled as a fact or an opinion. Students collect and categorize the statements. This activity gets students moving and thinking critically.

Fact Opinion Digital Google Games: Self-checking games are fun for students and give them instant feedback on whether they got a statement correct. You can also integrate science and social studies standards with Language Arts using Fact and Opinion.

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Teaching fact and opinion to upper elementary students doesn’t have to be challenging. By incorporating these engaging activities, strategies, and fun games into your lessons, you can make learning interactive and enjoyable. These methods not only help students understand the difference between facts and opinions but also enhance their critical thinking skills.

Want more Game Ideas? Check out these other blog posts for more ideas!

For more ideas on incorporating games into your classroom, be sure to check out my other posts, including “New Fun Educational Game for Upper Elementary: Blast of Fun” These resources are packed with creative and interactive ways to make learning enjoyable and effective. Happy teaching!

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