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Distinguishing Facts from Opinions. Make your best guess. On your guided notes, make your best guess about whether each of the following statements is a fact or opinion . Statement #1. Fact or opinion? Make your best guess on your notes. Spinach is a source of iron. Statement #2.

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make your best guess
Make your best guess

On your guided notes, make your best guess about whether each of the following statements is a fact or opinion.

statement 1
Statement #1

Fact or opinion? Make your best guess on your notes.

Spinach is a source of iron.

statement 2
Statement #2

Fact or opinion? Make your best guess on your notes.

Spinach tastes terrible.

statement 3
Statement #3

Fact or opinion? Make your best guess on your notes.

Abraham Lincoln is one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history.

statement 4
Statement #4

Fact or opinion? Make your best guess on your notes.

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky.

what is your definition of fact and opinion
What is YOUR definition of fact and opinion?

On your guided notes, jot down your own description of fact and opinion.

facts vs opinions
Facts vs. Opinions

Fact Spinach is a source of iron.

Opinion Spinach tastes awful.

Statement that cannot be proven because it expresses a person’s belief

Clue words and phrases:

believe, think, feel, argue, in my opinion, it’s likely that, I’m sure that, should, must, ought to, good/best, worse/worst, may

Ask yourself

Might reasonable people disagree?

Is it about an impression or feeling?

If yes, it is an OPINION.

Statement that can be proven

Clue words and phrases:

  • the fact that, in fact, indeed, the truth is, as a matter of fact, it is proven, (inclusion of numbers, measurements, or data)

Ask yourself:

  • Can the statement be verified by:
    • checking reliable sources?
    • observing it myself?
    • asking an expert?

If yes, it is a FACT.

fact or opinion game
Fact or Opinion Game!
  • A statement will appear on the board.
  • QUIETLY STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact. OR
  • QUIETLYREMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
statement 11
Statement #1

In 1927, the Belgian priest Georges Lemaitre was the first to propose that the universe began with the explosion of an atom, the “Big Bang.”

  • STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact
  • REMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
statement 21
Statement #2

It is a well-known fact that the world began with a massive explosion called the Big Bang.

  • STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact
  • REMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
statement 31
Statement #3

Snoopy may be the most famous cartoon animal of them all.

  • STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact
  • REMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
statement 41
Statement #4

Snoopy, created by Charles Schultz, is Charlie Brown’s pet beagle.

  • STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact
  • REMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
statement 5
Statement #5

The Everglades stretch from Lake Okeechobee south to Florida’s tip.

  • STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact
  • REMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
statement 6
Statement #6

The Everglades is a one-of-a-kind wetland wonderland, the green jewel in the national park system.

  • STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact
  • REMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
statement 7
Statement #7

The Yankees are a major league baseball team.

  • STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact
  • REMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
statement 8
Statement #8

We agree that the Yankees are the best!

  • STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact
  • REMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
statement 9
Statement #9

Blueberries are most nutritious type of fruit.

  • STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact
  • REMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
statement 10
Statement #10

Blueberries contain more antioxidants than 60 other fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • STAND UP if you believe the statement is a fact
  • REMAIN SEATED if you believe the statement is an opinion.
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