I don't know about the rest of you, but some days it feels as though I am clawing my way, inch by inch, toward spring. The weather will warm up for a day or two and then, BAM!, we get snow. I finally feel like we are getting to days of going to the park, picnic lunches and light jackets!
My husbands birthday is the first day of spring and so I thought it would be the perfect time to make a spring-themed product. I thought back to what my students struggled with and what I could give them that could help them so close to testing. I decided to make a fact and opinion product.
For some students this concept is no big deal. For others, it's as though you have asked them to melt a spoon with their mind while standing on one leg hopping in circles. Well it might not be that bad, but some days it feels like it! (Of course "I like cats better than dogs." is a fact! Oy!)
I like to try a variety of activities with my students because I never know what's going to get the information to "stick" into a kids brain. I like having lots of different tools in my toolbox to help me.
I find that students usually need a reminder on what fact and opinion is. I made two posters (one is seen above) that give them a simple definition. If you click on the picture or the link below, it will take you to those posters as a FREE download!
Then, I made a variety of graphic organizers to help students. I used circling the answer as seen below, fill in the blank, writing your own, sorting out sentences etc.
I find that my kiddos don't get bored if you give them a variety of options. (Insert a "No really?" sarcastic eye roll here.)
I also created a couple blank graphic organizers that can be used on a variety of topics. The cloud one is my favorite!! You can see this one is filled out about flowers.
Fact and opinion is something that we reviewed all year. I like having another unit on it near the end of the year as a refresher. Then, I put up two posters (or just left it up on my whiteboard depending on time/space) with Facts written on one and Opinions written on the other. As we went through our reading, writing, math, science etc., the students could find facts and opinions and add them to our list. That way it acted as a constant visual reminder.
What do you guys do to help your kids with fact and opinion?