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Fact and Opinion Fourth Grade Unit 3 Week 2 By Kristi Waltke
Facts A statement of fact can be correct or incorrect. You can check it by doing research. Monkeys are mammals. Mercury is the planet closest to the sun.
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. She is the coolest girl in school! Bananas are the best fruit on a summer day.
Opinions A statement of opinion should be supported. A valid opinion is supported by facts or good logic. A faulty opinion is not.
Fact and Opinion Some sentences contain both statements of fact and statements of opinion. The beautiful whale can grow as big as 100 feet long! It is the authors opinion that the whale is beautiful. The size of a blue whale can be proven.
A photo essay like Adelinas Whales is the best genre for fourth graders to read. Is this statement a fact or an opinion? While it can be proven that Adelinas Whales is a photo essay, this statement contains an opinion. Notice best is a judgment word.
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.
Adelina has lived in La Laguna her whole life. Is this statement a fact or an opinion? This can be proven. A person could research this statement.
Adelina and her family believe their hometown is a special place. Is this statement a fact or an opinion? It involves a belief or judgment. Notice that believe is one of words that signals an opinion. However, there are facts in the story that make this opinion valid.
Mother whales are proud parents. They lift their babies up to show them off. Is this statement a fact or an opinion? It involves a belief or judgment. It cannot be proven whether whales are proud parents or not.
Whales brains are as large as a cars engine. Is this statement a fact or an opinion? This can be proven. A person could research this statement.
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 doesnt make them facts.