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 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: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about facts and opinions while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a news report about an event at your school that uses both facts and informed opinions to communicate a point. (Essential Literacy Skill: Gather relevant information from multiple sources)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying facts and opinions about an issue you care about. (Essential Literacy Skill: Assess the credibility of sources)
  • Creative Coding: Code a game challenging players to sort statements by fact or opinion. (Essential Literacy Skill: Interpret words and phrases)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Fact and Opinion Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

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

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

After the Storm: Players take on the role of the editor-in-chief at an online news magazine in this interactive game.  

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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