Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fact and Opinion

This week, our focus has been fact and opinion.

Obviously, we started with a chart ;)
After we had discussed it, I separated them out into pairs to read a Scholastic News (an old one-from March-I'm so behind on all of these...)

Students had to pick something from the text, decide if is was fact or opinion and tell why (of course!)

The next day, I wrote a bunch of different topics on index cards.
I held them in my hand like a fan of cards (with the backs to the kids, of course!), and had each student pick a card.

I loved their reactions to see what they had gotten! I didn't tell them ahead of time what I had written, and they couldn't see what they were picking. Made for some interesting reactions/faces :)

Students then had to 'research' their topic-using books from our library-and write down 5 facts and 5 opinions about their topic on a piece of paper (the facts and opinions needed to be all mixed together).

Then they had to switch with a partner, and the partner had to figure out which were the facts, and which were the opinions.
 Of course, they needed to know the answer in order to correct their friends' work!

For the next day, they had to read a story out of our book, and pull out sentences and determine fact and opinion.

Students did pretty well with this unit! I love that we are at the point with this program (this is our 3rd year), that when I go over certain skills it doesn't take nearly as long as it did in previous years (one of the only good things about the program...)

Next up, classifying and categorizing!

Smiles and Sunshine,

1 comment:

  1. I love the organizer that you used for for collecting text and evidence! Very cool! :)


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