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Fact and Opinion. Fourth Grade Unit 2 Week 4 By Kristi Waltke. Facts. A statement of fact can be proved true or false by looking in a reference book, asking an expert, or using your own knowledge and experience. Monkeys are mammals. Mercury is the planet closest to the sun. Opinions.

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fact and opinion

Fact and Opinion

Fourth Grade

Unit 2 Week 4

By Kristi Waltke

facts
Facts
  • A statement of fact can be proved true or false by looking in a reference book, asking an expert, or using your own knowledge and experience.

Monkeys are mammals.

Mercury is the planet closest to the sun.

opinions
Opinions
  • A statement of opinion cannot be provedtrue or false. It is a belief or judgment. It often contains a word of judgment, suchas best, should, or beautiful. It may beginwith the words In my opinion or I believe.

She is the coolest girl in school!

Bananas are the best fruit on a summer day.

it seemed for a moment as if the horses were keeping time to the music
It seemed for a moment as if the horses were keeping time to the music.

It cannot be proven true or false. It uses “seemed” which is a judgment word.

Is this statement from the story a fact or an opinion?

Fact

Opinion

waking lumberjacks is a more difficult job than keeping up with a payroll
Waking lumberjacks is a more difficult job than keeping up with a payroll.

It cannot be proven true or false. It involves a belief or judgment. It may be true in Marvin’s case, but that is not what it takes to make it a fact.

Is this statement a fact or an opinion?

Opinion

Fact

marvin of the great north woods is a biography
Marvin of the Great North Woods is a biography.

This can be proven. A person could use knowledge of what a biography is to prove that this story is a biography.

Is this statement a fact or an opinion?

Fact

Opinion

here in the great north woods all was still and white
Here in the great north woods all was still and white.

This can be proven. A person could be in the great north woods and check to see if it were still and white.

Is this statement a fact or an opinion?

Fact

Opinion

the great north woods was the best place for marvin
The great north woods was the best place for Marvin.

It cannot be proven true or false. It involves a belief or judgment. Notice that “best” is one of words that signals an opinion.

Is this statement a fact or an opinion?

Fact

Opinion

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As you read, try to distinguish facts from opinions.
  • Remember how to figure out if a statement is a fact or an opinion.