Practise differentiating between fact and opinion with a fun and engaging board game.
Fact and Opinion Games for the Win!
Differentiating between fact and opinion is a valuable reading comprehension strategy for students. While you COULD give your students lots of fact and opinion worksheets to complete, why not spice things up with a board game instead?
The ability to distinguish between fact and opinion allows students to develop essential critical thinking skills while they analyse information. This board game provides the perfect platform to explore these skills in an entertaining way.
In this game, students read statements and determine whether they are facts or opinions. If their answer is correct, they advance toward the finish line. If they are incorrect, they remain in their position. The first student to the finish line is the winner!
Even More Applications of This Fact and Opinion Board Game
Use this resource as an English group activity or as a partner game during free time. This resource can also be used for independent practice, especially if you’ve got fast finishers! You can also use this game for whole-class learning opportunities and lesson reviews. You could also try the following ideas:
Place the question cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign each student a number to start. Give students appropriate time to read the card and determine whether the statement is a fact/opinion. Then say, ‘SCOOT.’ At this time, the students rotate to the next card. Continue in this manner until students have completed all the cards.
Give each student a mini whiteboard and a whiteboard marker. Read each card aloud and have your students write ‘Fact’ or ‘Opinion’ (or F and O, to make it simpler) on their board. When everyone has written down their answer, say, ‘Show Me.’ Students flip their boards, allowing you to see who needs extra support with this skill.
Have your students stand up and make a line across the room. Read a card aloud and use our Random Name Selector widget to draw a student’s name to answer. If the student correctly identifies whether the statement is fact or opinion, they tap the person on their left or right to send them back to their seat. If the student answers the card incorrectly, they must sit out. Play continues until only one student is standing.
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
Print on thick card for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.
Keep the game cards out of pockets or under desks; cut out the cards and punch a hole in each corner to place them on a binder ring.
Before You Download
Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. A game board, game instructions, game pieces, question cards and an answer key are included in the download.
Want more? Check out our Fact and Opinion Teaching Resource Pack!
This resource was created by Kelli Gofredi, a Teach Starter Collaborator.
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A poster highlighting how to distinguish between fact and opinion when reading a piece of text. A whole class game to help students understand the difference between a fact and an opinion. A set of comprehension task cards to help students distinguish between fact and opinion when reading.
A poster highlighting how to distinguish between fact and opinion when reading a piece of text.
A whole class game to help students understand the difference between a fact and an opinion.
A set of comprehension task cards to help students distinguish between fact and opinion when reading.