- Read or display a fact and opinion statements one at a time. Students hold up index cards with either "Fact" or "Opinion" to indicate which type of statement is being made. Could also use one card and write the words on each side.
- Label one side of the room "Fact," and the other side, "Opinion." Students are each given an index card with either a fact or opinion written on it. Students read their card and go to the correct corner. Students are then given time to share their cards and see if others agree or some may need to switch sides. Redistribute cards and play again.
- A variation on the game above. Students write either a fact or opinion on a piece of scrap paper. Then they crumple them into balls and have a "snowball fight." for about 30 seconds or as long as you can stand it. Kids each retrieve a snowball and then proceed as above to the appropriate part of the room.
- Get an inexpensive supermarket ball (the ones in the cages) or beach ball. Write "Fact" and "Opinion" all over it with permanent marker. Students stand and throw the ball to each other. When a student catches the ball, he or she looks at which word is under (or closest to) his or her right thumb and makes that type of a statement. Then he or she throws the ball to someone else. Could make this an elimination game for incorrect answers.
- Use individual white boards and play Fact and Opinion Scoot. Have students number their boards according to where they are sitting so that students can go from board to board in order. Next have each student write either a fact or opinion on his or her board. Students number a piece of notebook paper to use as an answer sheet and scoot from desk to desk writing either "F" for fact or "O" for opinion. Check answers by having student who wrote each statement say what kind of a statement it is.
- Write a statement on the board and ask student to vote on whether it is a fact or opinion, then have students explain their reasoning.
- Have students write ten facts and ten opinions about whatever you happen to be reading, or studying (for example: dinosaurs, electricity, the presidents, etc.)
- Write facts and opinions on color coded index card (different color for each type of statement) distribute and have students walk around the room sharing what is on each other's cards. Then have students split into groups by the color of their cards and explain why they are in these two groups.
- Here is a website with links to free Fact and Opinion Games and PowerPoints.
- For individual practice or playing Scoot, you can use these Multiple Choice Fact and Opinion Task Cards.
If task cards aren't your thing, you can get the same Fact and Opinion Statements in this PowerPoint.
What do you do to teach fact and opinion? Please share with a comment.