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  • 1. Fact and Opinion Fourth Grade Unit 3 Week 2 By Kristi Waltke
  • 2. Facts  A statement of fact can be correct or incorrect. You can check it by doing research. Mercury is the Monkeys are planet closest mammals. to the sun.
  • 3. Opinions A statement of opinion cannot be proved true or false. It is a belief or judgment. It often contains a word of judgment, such as best, should, or beautiful. It may begin with the words In my opinion or I believe. Bananas are She is the the best fruit in coolest girl on a summer day. school!
  • 4. Opinions A statement of opinion should be supported. A valid opinion is supported by facts or good logic. A faulty opinion is not.
  • 5. Fact and Opinion  Some sentences contain both statements of fact and statements of It is the opinion. The size of a author’s opinion that the whale is beautiful. blue whale can be proven. The beautiful whale can grow as big as 100 feet long!
  • 6. A photo essay like Adelina’s Whales is the best genre for fourth graders to read. While it Is this statement a factAdelina’s Whales is can be proven that or an opinion? a photo essay, this statement contains an opinion. Notice “best” is a judgment word.
  • 7. La Laguna is the most amazing place for Adelina to grow up. Is this statement a fact or an opinion? It cannot be proven true or false. It involves a belief or judgment, feelings. It might be a valid opinion, but it is not a fact.
  • 8. Adelina has lived in La Laguna her whole life. This can statement a factA person could Is this be proven. or an opinion? research this statement.
  • 9. Adelina and her family believe their hometown is a special place. It involves a belief or judgment. Notice Is this statement a fact or an opinion? that “believe” is one of words that signals an opinion. However, there are facts in the story that make this opinion valid.
  • 10. Mother whales are proud parents. They lift their babies up to show them off. Is this statement a fact judgment. It involves a belief oror an opinion? It cannot be proven whether whales are proud parents or not.
  • 11. Whales brains are as large as a car’s engine. This can statement a factA person could Is this be proven. or an opinion? research this statement.
  • 12.  As you read, try to distinguish facts from opinions.  Remember how to figure out if a statement is a fact or an opinion.  Remember that opinions can be valid, but that doesn’t make them facts.