What’s Contained in This Bundle?
This bundle pack contains five activities that are most effectively used in the following order.
Fact or Opinion Sort:
In this activity, students are each given a slip of paper with a statement on it. Two bags or containers should be set up in the classroom – one with the provided “opinions” label on it and the other with the provided “facts” label. Students should read their statement and then determine which bag it belongs in. Once all statements have been sorted, the bags can be emptied and reviewed during a follow-up class discussion.
Facts and Opinions Individual Sort:
On this worksheet, students cut out and then sort ten statements into the fact or opinion columns. This sheet works as a nice follow-up to assess for understanding after the initial fact or opinion sort activity.
Opinions I Have Worksheet:
After students have shown they have an understanding of the distinction between facts and opinions, they can use this sheet to begin considering what opinions they might have about different topics. When using this sheet with my second graders, we often brainstorm some topics together and then students are allowed to choose which to include and report their opinions about on the worksheet. (For example, the quality of school lunch and length of recess are always popular topics!)
Supporting Evidence Activity:
In this sort activity, each of the opinions (the statements in bold, underlined text) should be hung up somewhere in the classroom. (I put them all on my whiteboard.) Each of the students receives a statement strip, which they must read and then, using tape, stick under the opinion for which it shows strong supporting evidence. Please note that there are statement strips that do not provide good evidence for any of the opinions – you may want to have a place for students to put strips that do not support any of the opinions. Following the activity, a follow-up discussion should review and discuss the rationale for the placement of each of the statement strips.
Building a Strong Opinion:
Using the imagery of a stool, this opinion-organizing worksheet asks students to brainstorm an opinion or argument (the seat of the stool) and then three pieces of evidence (the legs of the stool) that help to support their chosen opinion. The stool imagery emphasizes that for an opinion or argument to be strong, it needs multiple pieces of evidence to support it. The image also reinforces that evidence used to support an argument must be directly related to the opinion at hand.