Teaching and reviewing facts and opinions has never been more fun with these 7 fact and opinion games for upper elementary.
Fact and opinion are difficult concepts to understand. With information coming at kids from all different directions, it is more important than ever to help students tell the difference between facts and opinions and (more importantly) why it matters.
Facts and opinions are often confused, especially on the news, in the social media feed, and even in the speeches given by politicians.
Luckily, we start early with this skill in elementary school and practice it often in the grades that follow.
Today, I’m providing you with 7 fact and opinion games for upper elementary. If you need some fact and opinion examples to practice with, look no further than this post. I have purposefully included some clear fact and opinion statements about each game for a little extra review.
In this gameboard-style digital game, students will answer fact and opinion questions while they work their game pieces around a colorful game board. They’ll be ‘rolling’ digital die and everything! Seriously, that is the most fun your students will have reviewing facts and opinions.
#2 | 2-Corners
Of all the fact and opinion games in this post, this one’s the easiest to set up.
To set up this game, put up a ‘FACT’ sign in one corner of the room, and an ‘OPINION’ sign in another corner. Then, read facts and opinion statements and ask students to move to the corner that they think represents the correct answer.
All your students need to play this game is a copy of the printed ice-cream-themed gameboard and a deck of the questions. Students will move around the gameboard answering questions, and they can use the QR codes to check their answers! This game is great for pairs or groups of up to 4.
#4 | Create a… Fact and Opinion Drawing Activity
To begin, decide what you want students to create—a pizza, person, sundae, salad, etc. You’ll want it to be something that has several elements.
Next, put students in groups and give each group whiteboard and a piece of chart paper.
Read facts and opinions one at a time and have students discuss with their group whether the statement is a fact or an opinion.
Once they’ve decided, they write answers on whiteboards and then show them to you when everyone is done.
If correct, they get to add one detail to their drawings.
Continue to play. As they continue to get correct answers, their pictures will become more complex.
Enjoy this jeopardy-style game show with 25 different facts and opinions statements! It is sure to be a really fun activity for a whole class project or even a small group activity during centers or stations.
If your students like card games, then they will love U-KNOW. To learn how to play U-KNOW, click here to learn more about the game, along with 4 ways to reuse and repurpose U-KNOW decks in your classroom.
#7 | The Donut Game Board Freebie
You can play many Fact and Opinion games with this freebie, but I want to provide step-by-step instructions for just one of them today.
- First, get your copy of the Donut Game Board Freebie, and project it onto your screen.
- Use magnets or something that sticks to your board as the groups’ tokens.
- Split students into groups.
- Begin the game by reading a statement.
- Then have groups discuss and come up with whether the statement is a fact or an opinion. Having them show this can be as simple as giving them two sticky notes or notecards (one with ‘FACT’ and one with ‘OPINION’). Once they decide, they just hold up their choice.
- If correct, the group can send a representative to the board to roll the die (or give each group a die to roll) and then move their game piece. (Note: Ignore the numbers for this game.)
#8 | T-Chart Examples
We are stepping into creation mode with this fact and opinion game! Rather than just identifying facts and opinions, students will now have the chance to create them independently!
To begin, give student pairs or groups a topic and have them work together to develop a fact and an opinion about that topic.
Draw a T-chart on the board and label one side ‘FACTS’ and the other ‘OPINIONS.’
Once students have an example, they will write their answers on a post-it. Collect and mix up the post-its, and hand them out to the groups (with each group getting 2).
The groups will review the post-its they received and place them on the T-charts on the correct sides.
After all groups have placed their post-its, discuss each statement, and adjust the post-its as needed.
Blend some fact and opinion games into your lesson plans all year with these fun review activities. You can even create mix-and-match activities using examples from some pre-made games in the hands-on activities.
The most important thing is to get in plenty of practice and discussion surrounding facts and opinions!
Pssst… in case you missed it, I mentioned earlier that I had embedded a bunch of statements into this post that are clearly facts or clearly opinions. Feel free to swipe some of those examples to use as examples with your students. Another option is to print off this post and have your students highlight all the opinions. I promise… there are a lot! Have fun!