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Identify the word that doesn't belong

In this worksheet, students will identify the word that doesn’t fit in with the rest and practise identifying catergories.

'Identify the word that doesn't belong' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Word Relationships

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this activity you need to be a good spotter, so let’s focus! Are you ready?  

 

Which is the odd one out of these words?

Hand   Foot    Hat   Leg

 

Did you say hat?

This is because all of the others are parts of the body and the word hat is something you would wear.


 

Let’s try another:

Which word would be the odd one out here?

Neigh   Purr   Nod   Bleat

 

Did you say nod?

This is because all the other words are sounds that animals make.


Here is a list of animals and the sounds that they make:

 Animal  Sound
 Dog   Bark
 Cat   Purr
 Bird   Sings
 Frog   Croaks

 

Can you try and make these noises? It might help you to remember them!


 

Let’s try one more:

Which word is the odd one out?

Sun   Wind   Sand   Rain

 

Did you say sand?

This is because all the other words are types of weather.


 

Now, it’s time for you to track down the odd words out! Good luck!

Putting words into categories can really help with odd one out style activities.

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Bike   Train   Taxi   Boat

Transport

Sea

Land

Eco-friendly

Putting words into categories can really help with odd one out style activities.

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Shark   Fish   Ship   Boat

 

 

Transport

Sea

Land

Eco-friendly

Can you help spot the category that the following words belong to, you need to think of a common theme among them?  Work through the answers below. 

 

Bike              Solar Panels                Recycle               Walk

Transport

Sea

Land

Eco-friendly

Here's another puzzle for you to tackle.  Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Wind        Temperature        Hurricane        Lightning 

Space

Animals

Home

Weather

We need to put these words into another category, but which one is it?  Look carefully at the options below and look for the connection between all of the words.

 

 

Blue   Orange   White   Silver

Colour

Money

Fruit

Weather

You know the drill super spotter, can you select the category that the words below fit into?

 

There could be an extra thing to consider here.  Remember some of the words could belong to more than one category, can you find them?

 

 

 

 ColourFruit
Orange
Strawberry
Grape
Plum
Melon
Green

Knowing the different categories can help you more confidently pick the odd word out.

 

Which is the odd word out here?  Here's a clue, think about the last question when completing this one.

 

Plum Orange Green Soil

Hi, super spotter, can you help to select the category that the words fit into below?

 

Remember they can belong in more than one.  Have a think about each word and think whether it has more than one meaning.

 

 

 

 WaterWeather
Rain
River
Stream
Sun
Wind
Ice

We're nearly there super spotter.  Can you spot the word below that is in the wrong place?

 

 

 

Rain River Sun Wind

Last one, let's make it a good one!  Select the category that the words below fit into?

 

Remember they can belong in more than one.

 

 

 

 Art Hair
Paint
Brush
Comb
Wash
Picture
  • Question 1

Putting words into categories can really help with odd one out style activities.

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Bike   Train   Taxi   Boat

CORRECT ANSWER
Transport
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? The best description for all of these words is transport - they are all ways of getting around, whether on land or sea. Did you spot this?
  • Question 2

Putting words into categories can really help with odd one out style activities.

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Shark   Fish   Ship   Boat

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Sea
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot it this time? The relationship between these words is that all of these words can be found on the sea, or in the sea if you think of a fish or shark. Therefore this definitely has to be relationship. Let's try another.
  • Question 3

Can you help spot the category that the following words belong to, you need to think of a common theme among them?  Work through the answers below. 

 

Bike              Solar Panels                Recycle               Walk

CORRECT ANSWER
Eco-friendly
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it this time? Once you work through each of the options you should be able to discount the ones that are not relevant. These words best link with the topic eco-friendly even though walk and bike could fit with transport.
  • Question 4

Here's another puzzle for you to tackle.  Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Wind        Temperature        Hurricane        Lightning 

CORRECT ANSWER
Weather
EDDIE SAYS
Are you on a roll? The similarities between these words is that they are all related to the topic of weather. How did you do, are you finding this to be a bit of a breeze?
  • Question 5

We need to put these words into another category, but which one is it?  Look carefully at the options below and look for the connection between all of the words.

 

 

Blue   Orange   White   Silver

CORRECT ANSWER
Colour
EDDIE SAYS
Getting there? The words listed above are all types of colour, therefore, this is the only possible answer. Let's keep going super spotter, you're doing great!
  • Question 6

You know the drill super spotter, can you select the category that the words below fit into?

 

There could be an extra thing to consider here.  Remember some of the words could belong to more than one category, can you find them?

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 ColourFruit
Orange
Strawberry
Grape
Plum
Melon
Green
EDDIE SAYS
This one was tricky! Orange, plum and green could be a type of colour. Orange, strawberry, grape, plum and melon are all types of fruit. So plum, and orange could fit into either category. Phew... not that easy!
  • Question 7

Knowing the different categories can help you more confidently pick the odd word out.

 

Which is the odd word out here?  Here's a clue, think about the last question when completing this one.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Plum Orange Green Soil
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully you picked soil? If you thought about the last question we looked at plum, orange and green as all being colours. Soil is definitely not a colour, it's the top layer of the earth that we use to grow plants, so that's your odd one out right there!
  • Question 8

Hi, super spotter, can you help to select the category that the words fit into below?

 

Remember they can belong in more than one.  Have a think about each word and think whether it has more than one meaning.

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 WaterWeather
Rain
River
Stream
Sun
Wind
Ice
EDDIE SAYS
Did you use your super spotting skills to spot that both rain and ice could appear in both the water and weather categories? The other words could only be categorised under one option. How did you do?
  • Question 9

We're nearly there super spotter.  Can you spot the word below that is in the wrong place?

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Rain River Sun Wind
EDDIE SAYS
Did you choose river? The link between the three other words in this example is that they describe the weather. A river can be affected by the weather but it is the least connected here.
  • Question 10

Last one, let's make it a good one!  Select the category that the words below fit into?

 

Remember they can belong in more than one.

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Art Hair
Paint
Brush
Comb
Wash
Picture
EDDIE SAYS
Each of the word fits under one category. Apart from one... that's the word brush. The word brush could appear in both the art and hair categories.
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