Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Fact and Opinion, and supports the standard of supporting opinions with factual reasons and information. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image, like this one:

Ask students to state a fact and an opinion about the image. 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Fact and Opinion topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the three Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a news report about an event at your school that uses both facts and informed opinions to communicate a point.   
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying facts and opinions about an issue you care about. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a game challenging players to sort statements by fact or opinion. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about fact and opinion.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How can you determine if information you read or see in the media is biased? 
  • What does it mean to have an informed opinion?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Fact and Opinion Challenge

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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