facts vs. assumptions

This printable will help students differentiate between facts and assumptions.

I always wanted to be a detective when I was little. I carried a little notebook around and took down details about the goings-on in my neighborhood, hoping to uncover some sort of sinister plot. I’d pretend to report my findings to superiors by talking into my watch. (It still blows my mind that the Apple Watch exists now!) And when shows like CSI and Law and Order: SVU became popular in the early 2000s, I was more than hooked.

Our kids can use the same skills as Benson and Stabler in their everyday life to make sure they are gathering facts, like a detective, rather than relying on assumptions.

For example, you get up from your desk to go to the bathroom, and, when you get back, your favorite pencil is gone. Did your classmate steal it? Or what else could have happened to it?

Or you walk up to your friends as they’re all laughing, but they stop when they notice you. They must have been laughing at you, right?

In this activity, students will analyze screenshots from Zoo U and distinguish between facts and assumptions to figure out what’s really going on.

Download the activity here.