Differentiating between facts and opinions is a concept some of my students struggle with. Often times they would claim a statement is a fact because to them, it is true. Based on many, many conversations and reflecting on these teachable moments, I have my students do a "fact check" before determining if a statement is a fact or an opinion.
To be a fact, the statement must:
-be able to be proven, observed, or measured
To be an opinion, the statement expresses a belief. Even if the statement is true for an individual or a group, unless it's true for everyone, it's not a fact.
This seemed to help clear up some of the confusion.
One activity I like to use is FCRR's fact and opinion football game. As extensions, I have students write out their own statements for their teammates to sort.
I used this activity in summer tutoring today with great success until...
My helper showed up.
I've been having a great time tutoring. It's teaching, but much more relaxed. I'm focused on skills and what my student needs. There are notions of just opening a home school that flutter around in my mind until I realize how much "help" I'd have from my fur children...and that dream quickly vanishes.