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  • If a statement can be proved, it is a fact.  If a statement tells what someone thinks or feels about something, it is an opinion.  Facts can be proved.  Opinions cannot.  When you figure out if a statement is a fact or an opinion, you are distinguishing between fact and opinion. A fact is something that is true.  It can be proved.  It can be checked.  An opinion is based on how someone feels.  It cannot be proved.

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    •  Facts are statements that can be checked or proved.
    •  Opinions are statements that cannot be proved.  They tell what someone thinks or feels.
    •  Opinions often contain clue words such as think, feel, believe, and seem.  Other common clue words are always, never, all, none, most, least, greatest, best, and worst.

     Questions about facts and opinions ask you to find which statements are fact statements and which statements are opinion statements.  Remember, a fact is something that is true.  An opinion tells how a person feels about something.  Facts can be proven.  Opinions cannot.  Statements that are opinions often contain key words such as most, best, nicest, and greatest.

     Fact and Opinion Questions:

    • Which sentence is an opinion?
    • All of the following are facts, except…
    • A fact about the zoo is…
    • Which of the following is an opinion about the Knicks?
    • Which of the following is a fact about rainfall in the desert? 

    Strategy for distinguishing between fact and opinion:

    • When you are looking for a fact ask yourself, “Is this true?”  “Can it be proved?”
    • When you are looking for an opinion, ask yourself, “Does this tell how someone feels?”

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    Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion

    A statement of fact expresses only what actually happened, or what could be proven by objective data.
    A statement of opinion expresses an attitude toward something – it makes a judgment, view, or conclusion, or gives an opinion that cannot be proven true or false

    When you figure out if a statement is a fact or an opinion, you are in fact distinguishing between fact and opinion

     

    Fact and Opinion Questions:

    *Which sentence is an opinion?

    *All of the following are facts, except……..

    *A fact about the zoo is……

    *Which of the following is an opinion about the Yankees?

    *Which of the following is a fact about rainfall in the desert?

     

    Fact and opinion can sometimes be a difficult strategy to learn.  Try these tips to help your child when learning about fact and opinion.  The following strategies below may help your child succeed.

     

    Try some of these examples to get you started:

    Cardinals are red birds.        F  O

    Dogs are the best pet ever.  F  O

    Spiders are scary.                F  O

    The American Flag is red, white and blue.  F  O