Fact, Fiction, or Opinion?
Builds comprehension skills
Write the following statements on a board or chart, or say them aloud. Have students identify each statement as fact, fiction, or opinion.
Then give each student a sheet of scrap paper. Have them write and label three statements -- one that is factual, one that is fiction, and one that is opinion. Collect the students' work and use their statements as a class quiz.
Builds graph reading skills
Collect from newspapers and magazines a variety of graphs. (The major news magazines are good sources; the USA Today newspaper is another excellent source.) You might laminate the graphs so you can use them over and over. Hand each student a graph and a sticky note. Have them write on the sticky note one fact they did not know that they learned from the graph. Have students share what they learned with their classmates.
Article by Gary Hopkins
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