Fact and Opinion Games for Kids

Double Trouble

March 10, 2022

Disney-Pixar’s new movie is called Turning Red. It’s about a girl named Meilin Lee. She’s Chinese-Canadian. Meilin is having a tough time growing up. It doesn’t help that she turns into a giant red panda when she gets too excited.…

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FACT

●     The annual report confirms

●     Scientists have recently discovered

●     According to the results of the tests…

●     The investigation demonstrated

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Animal facts for kids

15. Slugs have four noses.

16. Bees are found everywhere in the world apart from Antarctica.

17. Caterpillars have 12 eyes!

18. Horses and cows sleep standing up.

19. There are more than 1,000 kinds of bats in the world.

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Credit: Canva

20. A hippopotamus can run faster than a man.

21. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

22. Most insects hatch from eggs.

23. Pigs can’t look up into the sky – it’s physically impossible.

24. The shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

25. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its whole brain.

26. Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.

27. A dog’s nose is like a human finger print – unique to its owner.

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Credit: Canva

28. Dogs’ hearing is 10 times better than a human’s.

29. Dogs can smell 100,000 times better than humans.

30. A group of frogs is called an army.

31. A pet hamster can run up to 8 miles a night on a wheel.

32. Monkeys can go bald in old age, just like humans.

33. Frogs drink water through their skin.

34. Only male toads croak.

35. Owls can’t move their eyeballs

36. Octopuses have blue blood and nine brains.

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Credit: Canva

37. Emperor penguins can last 27 minutes underwater and can dive as deep as 500m.

38. A prawn or shrimp’s heart is in their heads.

39. Hummingbirds can fly backwards.

40. A Tiger’s skin is striped, like it’s fur.

41. Most fish don’t have eyelids.

42. Gorilla’s burp when they are happy.

43. Hippopotamus produces pink milk.

44. Slugs have four noses!

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Credit: Canva

What’s an opinion?

An opinion, meanwhile, is something that can’t be proven true or false:

  • Baseball is a terrible game.
  • Pink is an excellent color.
  • Anna is better than Elsa.
  • Minecraft is weird.

I might personally think these things, and I might have really good reasons why I think them all, but that doesn’t make them facts because they’re not provable. Plus, you might have good reasons for thinking that:

  • Baseball is the best sport.
  • Pink is an ugly color.
  • Elsa is better than Anna.
  • Minecraft is a lot of fun.

The confusing part here is that opinions can seem really obvious—and that’s how Laird gets into the connection between facts and opinions.

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USING GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS

Graphic organizers are a great tool to help students sort the facts and opinions in a text. Offering, as they do, a very visual means of organizing information, graphic organizers help students drill their ability to distinguish between the two types of statements until they become automatic.

Let’s take a look at one particularly useful format for developing this skill:

The Fact and Opinion Chart

IT DOESN’T GET MUCH SIMPLER THAN THE FACT VS OPINI
IT DOESN’T GET MUCH SIMPLER THAN THE FACT VS OPINION CHART

This simple chart consists of two columns helpfully labelled fact and opinion beneath a topic heading. Students work their way through a piece of text, sorting statements as they come across them into the appropriate column on the graphic organizer. At the end of this task, they will be left with a clear segregation of the statements of the text according to whether they are objective facts or subjective opinions.

Fact and Opinion Activities: Honing the Skills

To become a skilled, critical reader a student must develop the ability to quickly evaluate a text for fact and opinion. To achieve this, they must practice distinguishing between fact and opinion to a point where it becomes a subconscious mechanism. The activities below will afford your students these necessary opportunities. They can also easily be adapted to a range of ages and abilities through careful selection of the reading material. READ OUR GREAT ARTICLE ON LITERACY GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS HERE

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