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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:  

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?

Purple   Balloon    Orange   Pink

 

Did you say balloon?

This is because all of the others are colours and the word balloon is not a colour.


 

Let’s try another:

Which word would be the odd one out here?

Neigh   Purr   Drink   Bleat

 

Did you say drink?

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
 Cat Cat stretching  Purr
 Elephant Elephant  Trumpet
 Lark Lark   Sings
 Toad Toad  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?

Venus   Sandwich   Mars   Jupiter

 

Did you say sandwich?

Sandwich

This is because all the other words are the names of planets in our Solar System.


 

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

Putting words into categories and working out what they have in common can really help with odd one out style activities.

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Motorbike   Tram   Ship   Airplane

Jungle

Sea

Speed

Transport

Here's another category spotting question.  

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Ocean   Reservoir   Lake   Stream

Animals

Water

Land

Sports

You know the drill know super spotter, can you identify the best category for the following words?

 

 Giraffe  Lion    Antelope   Cheetah

Giraffe bending down  Lion and lion cubAntelope Cheetah

Carnivores

African animals

Big cats

Omnivores

Off we go super spotter, here's another category problem for you.

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Sun   Temperature   Cloud   Hail 

Space

Animals

Home

Weather

You're up, which category do you think best suits the following words.  Remember try to imagine where you would see these items?

 

Pedal   Brake   Gear   Handlebars 

Bikes

Cars

Metal

Weather

Which category do the words fit into below?

 

Top Tip: remember they can belong in more than one.

 

 

 

 RocksMusic
Rock
Pop
Pebble
Boulder
Classical
Stone

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

 

Which is the odd word out here?

 

Rock Pop Classical Sand

What's the best category for the words below to fit into?

 

Top Tip: remember they can belong in more than one.

 

 

 

 AnimalsSport
Racket
Ball
Bat
Cub
Cat
Wicket

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

 

Which is the odd word out here?

 

Bat Bird Ball Owl

Last one super spotter!  By now you must be practically an expert at spotting the best category for our words to fit into.  Finish on a good one!

 

Remember they can belong in more than one.

 

 

 

 ColoursGemstones/Precious Stones
Amber
Quartz
Emerald
Jade
Diamond
Orange
  • Question 1

Putting words into categories and working out what they have in common can really help with odd one out style activities.

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Motorbike   Tram   Ship   Airplane

CORRECT ANSWER
Transport
EDDIE SAYS
The best category to put all of these words into is transport. As you can see they are all ways of getting around with a bit of help from technology! Some of these zoom around, just like you will through these questions!
  • Question 2

Here's another category spotting question.  

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Ocean   Reservoir   Lake   Stream

CORRECT ANSWER
Water
EDDIE SAYS
The best category for these words would be water. Did you picture the words in your head? Hopefully, you could imagine the water. The word reservoir is a word you might not have known? It's a man-made lake, used to store water for when we need it.
  • Question 3

You know the drill know super spotter, can you identify the best category for the following words?

 

 Giraffe  Lion    Antelope   Cheetah

Giraffe bending down  Lion and lion cubAntelope Cheetah

CORRECT ANSWER
African animals
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? There were some complicated words in there. A carnivore is an animal that mainly eats meat. This can't be the best category as an antelope and giraffe eat plants. If you didn't before, have you now worked out what an omnivore is? It's the opposite to a carnivore and is an animal that only eats plants, like an antelope or a giraffe. Only the cheetah and the lion are 'Big Cats' so the answer must be 'African animals'.
  • Question 4

Off we go super spotter, here's another category problem for you.

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Sun   Temperature   Cloud   Hail 

CORRECT ANSWER
Weather
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it? This one is less tricky as the words are quite straightforward and different from one another. Try reading out each answer and making a mental note as you go through until you hear one that sounds right. These words best link with the topic 'weather'.
  • Question 5

You're up, which category do you think best suits the following words.  Remember try to imagine where you would see these items?

 

Pedal   Brake   Gear   Handlebars 

CORRECT ANSWER
Bikes
EDDIE SAYS
There was a bit of a trick in this question, did you avoid it? The first three words could have been found in a car? It was the last word that should have given you the clue, that the answer was in fact the topic 'bikes'.
  • Question 6

Which category do the words fit into below?

 

Top Tip: remember they can belong in more than one.

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 RocksMusic
Rock
Pop
Pebble
Boulder
Classical
Stone
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? Did you spot the word that made sense in both categories? That was the word 'rock', it's a type of music but also can be found on the surface of the earth! The others only fit into one category.
  • Question 7

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

 

Which is the odd word out here?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Rock Pop Classical Sand
EDDIE SAYS
Did you choose sand? The link between the three other words in this example is that they describe types of music. There's that tricky rock with two meanings creeping in again!
  • Question 8

What's the best category for the words below to fit into?

 

Top Tip: remember they can belong in more than one.

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 AnimalsSport
Racket
Ball
Bat
Cub
Cat
Wicket
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot that bat could appear in both categories as an animal and an object used in sport. Remember to record any new words that you come across.
  • Question 9

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

 

Which is the odd word out here?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Bat Bird Ball Owl
EDDIE SAYS
Did you choose ball? The link between the three other words in this example is that they are flying creatures. There was another trap thrown in there though. We often think that 'bat' and 'ball' should go in the same category as they're linked to sports. But here, you needed to find only one that was the odd one out, so always look for the word that has more than one meaning and think carefully!
  • Question 10

Last one super spotter!  By now you must be practically an expert at spotting the best category for our words to fit into.  Finish on a good one!

 

Remember they can belong in more than one.

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 ColoursGemstones/Precious Stones
Amber
Quartz
Emerald
Jade
Diamond
Orange
EDDIE SAYS
That was a bit of a challenge to finish on super spotter! The name of the Gemstone often describes the colour of the gemstone, for example, an Emerald gemstone is green. Emerald green is a shade of green. Do you know what colour amber and jade are? Amber is a shade of yellow and jade is another green stone.
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