Before starting an opinion writing unit with young children, it is essential to immerse them in great literature and hands on activities to help them understand what forming an opinion truly means.
This packet uses five different mentor texts to help teach students what an opinion is and how to connect their opinions to great literature. After completing these activities and listening to the mentor texts, students will have no trouble forming their own opinions on several different topics!
Included in this pack:
-This or That? Snack Mats to inspire debates
Laminate or just print the same snack mat for each student. Before
passing out snack, ask students to pick which item on the mat
they like better. Once they’ve made a choice, pour the snack
onto that side of the mat. Ask students while eating why they chose the one they did. Have students give reasons to support their choice!
-Pigeon Party, activity that goes along with the Mo Willems's Pigeon book series
Read and discuss several Mo Willems pigeon books. Complete an interactive activity to split the class up into their favorite pigeon book. Debate why their choice is the best book and should be considered "The Class Favorite." Once the class has decided on a class favorite use the letter writing template to write to another class to convince them!
-My Best is Better Than The Rest! Activity cards and printables to go along with the text, Red is the Best by Kathy Stinson
Give out question cards to partners. Ask students to pick what they think is best based on the topic on the card. Discuss their opinions and reasons with their partners. Then, use the opinion writing templates to express their opinions in writing.
-Friendly Opinion activity that pairs with Bob Shea's book, UNICORN Thinks He's Pretty Great!
After reading this hilarious book, have students decide which character they would rather be friends with and why!