Fact Definition: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Facts are everywhere and are used by people all the time. Come and learn about what facts are, when you use them and important tips about fact checking.

Fact or Opinion?

The Earth is the third planet from the Sun. New York City is the largest city in the United States. 2 + 2 = 4. What do all of these statements have in common? They are all facts, which means that they are all statements that are definitely true. The Earth is an awesome planet. New York City is so much fun. Addition is easy. Are these statements facts? No, because we cannot say that they are definitely true without a doubt. You might agree with these statements, but that doesn't make them facts! These statements are opinions, which are your beliefs or viewpoints about something. Opinions vary from person to person depending on their point of view. Opinions are considered to be the opposite of facts.

Saying this flower is purple is a fact. Saying it is beautiful is an opinion.

When Do We Use Facts?

Think about all of the facts that you have learn in school. You learn math facts, spelling facts, science facts, history facts, and many more! Here are just a few situations where you might use or need facts in school.

  • Writing a research paper about the effects of air pollution on the environment
  • Reading about the 1920's
  • Participating in a debate about what war had the greatest effect on American history

School is not the only place for facts! That's right! Here are some other situations where you might use facts!

  • Playing a trivia game with friends
  • Reading a newspaper article shared on social media

Facts are everywhere, even on the bottom of Snapple caps!

Fact Checking

Have you ever heard something and wondered if it was true? Well, how you would check to see if what you heard was a fact or not? Today, many resort to the Internet when looking for information. Think about it. What do most people do when someone asks them a question they don't know? They Google it, of course! While this can be a great strategy to look up facts, it can also be a little tricky.

Fact Checking While Surfing the Internet is Important

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