Fact and Opinion in the Real World: 15 Activity Mega-Pack

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These 15 activities will help students understand and identify the differences between facts, opinions and claims using real world examples including printed materials, interviews, advertisements, newspapers and the internet.

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ORGANIZATION - Each activity is 2 pages long. Page #1 is generally for teaching, reinforcing and gaining understanding. Page #2 is focused on allowing opportunities to use and practice skills. Icons identify and link activities.

CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS - Activities progress from simple to complex using Bloom's Taxonomy. They move from personal connections to making connections with greater world.

SELECTION OF EXAMPLES - Real world examples are based on student interest and topics where the average student has general knowledge.

ADAPTION OPTIONS - Assign different sections based on student needs. Each student will complete three activities. Appropriate to use for small group work or centers. Detailed instructions and directions are specifically written to allow for homework success.

EXPANSION - Many activity include embedded questions that could be used as writing prompts, discussion starters or with paired sharing.

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SECTION #1 - INTRODUCTION/REVIEW BOOKLET (4 pages)
• Definitions and key concepts.
• Write the definition in your own words.
• Use for remaining activities for reference.
• Vocabulary: fact, opinion and claim.

SECTION #2 - ALL ABOUT ME (6 pages)
• Icon Theme - Detective.
• Skill Level - Remember and understand.
• Topics - Friend facts, my opinions, favorite holiday.
• Activity #1 - Friendly facts scavenger hunt, fact acrostic poem.
• Activity #2 - Paired sharing for "my favorite things".
• Activity #3 - Whole class "best holiday" with data gathering/graphing.

SECTION #3: BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! (6 pages)
• Icon Theme - Party Animal.
• Skill Level - Understand and apply.
• Topics - Best party, party planning, birthday present.
• Activity #1 - Previous birthday fact list, best party opinion list and short answer responses.
• Activity #2 - Choose a party package from advertisements, supporting choice/opinion.
• Activity #3 - Friendly letter about best present, sort facts and opinions.

SECTION #4 - ARCTIC EXPEDITION (6 pages)
• Icon Theme - Arctic tundra.
• Skill Level - Apply and analyze.
• Topics - Expedition planning, arctic animals, build an igloo, Inuit Tribe.
• Activity #1 - Seek reliable factual resources with scavenger hunt and "fun facts".
• Activity #2 - Facts and opinions sorting arctic animals, changing opinions to facts.
• Activity #3 - Procedural steps to build igloo discussion, Inuit Tribe narrative.

SECTION #5 - MULTI-MEDIA MADNESS (6 pages)
• Icon Theme - Happy Kids.
• Skill Level - Analyze and evaluate.
• Topics - Apps, newspapers, TV commercial claims.
• Activity #1 - Evaluating internet app, opinions on purchase.
• Activity #2 - Analyzing TV commercials for meaning and message.
• Activity #3 - Analyzing parts of newspaper for fact and opinions.

SECTION #6 - SHIPWRECKS IN THE NEWS (6 pages)
• Icon Theme - Pirates.
• Skill Level - Evaluate and create.
• Topics - Columbus’ Santa Maria, current events.
• Activity #1 - Evaluating claim of Santa Maria's discovery.
• Activity #2 - Evaluating claims to sunken treasure.
• Activity #3 - Create and form opinion based on piracy facts.

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Fact and Opinion in the Real World:           15 Activity
Fact and Opinion in the Real World:           15 Activity
Fact and Opinion in the Real World:           15 Activity
Fact and Opinion in the Real World:           15 Activity