Fact Vs Opinion - Teaching Children To Be Critical Readers

Thanks to Scott @ www.mytopten.com.au

Advertising is often something that we forget to teach children about and it is this that can make the most influence on their lives as they get older. With literally thousands of advertisements shown to them through various media such as television, newpapers and magazines, our children need to learn to be critical readers and to learn to decipher the truth.

An activity that I have developed looks at understanding the differences between fact and opinion and how companies use persuasive advertising to get us to buy their products.

Pleaseclick hereto download the slideshow that will assist in teaching the lesson to your children.

Further information on teaching children about fact and opinion can also be found here:

http://www.educationoasis.com/curriculum/LP/LA/fact_vs_opinion_part_I.htm

http://www.educationoasis.com/curriculum/LP/LA/fact_vs_opinion_part_II.htm

http://www.quia.com/pop/12709.html?AP_rand=1966991320

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=81963

Websites to explore Science at the Movies

How many times have you watched a movie and thought to yourself that cant happen? or what a load of rubbish.  Well here are a few web sites that go through some of the biggest films of all time to credit and discredit theri scientific validity.  Most of them include clips and would surely engage and stimulate students.

Sci-Fi Science blunders hall of infamy - Links to clips and critical reviews of some of the biggest sci-flicks of all time looking at physics anti matter etc.

Three films that would make Einstein blush - BBC sciecne team go over some absolute stinkers of the last few decades

The five best and Worst Science based movies of all time - Pretty self explanatory - great reading activity for kids - and they can write responses too.

Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics - Nerds who couldn't take it anymore fight back - lasers, explosions, deep space physics.

Good and Bad science in Popular Sci-Fi Movies - global warming, Dinosaurs and analysis of special effects.

High School students will enjoy reading through these and have plenty to say about their favourite action and sci-fi flicks.  I'd love to hear some of yours.