Look at the toy train set.
Here’s an advert for this toy.
Our magnetic train set will provide endless hours of fun for your child. It comes with seven different carriages and twenty pieces of track.
Does this advert use facts or opinions?
You may have spotted that the first sentence uses an opinion.
Our magnetic train set will provide endless hours of fun for your child.
Adverts often use opinions to persuade you to buy their products.
An opinion gives us someone’s thoughts or beliefs about something.
The person writing this advert thinks their train set is lots of fun but not everyone will share this opinion.
The second sentence contained facts.
It comes with seven different carriages and twenty pieces of track.
Facts are statements that can be proven to be true.
Someone could check if the toy train set really does have seven carriages and twenty pieces of track by counting.
Be careful, as by adding a couple of words, we can turn a fact into an opinion.
It comes with seven amazing carriages and twenty robust pieces of track.
By adding the adjectives amazing and robust, we’ve added an opinion. Someone might think the carriages are amazing but others may not.
In this activity, you’ll be on the hunt for facts and opinions based on a story you’ve read. Be careful to spot any opinions disguised as facts.