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Identify the words that do not belong

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

'Identify the words that do not 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  Puppy    Orange   Pink

 

Did you say puppy?

 

Labrador Puppy

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


 

Let’s try another:

Which word would be the odd one out here?

Growl  Oink   Toe   Bleat

 

Did you say toe?

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
 Bear Brown Bear  Growl
 Horse Horse with saddle  Neigh
 Sheep Sheep  Bleat
 Cow   Moo


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?

Duckling   Kitten   Lamb   Adult

 

Did you say, adult?

This is because all the other words are the names for baby animals.


 

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?

 

Hour  Stopwatch  Minute  Second

Maths

Clocks

Speed

Time

Here's another category question for you to try your hand at.  Remember you are looking for a category that all the words could belong to.

 

 

Medicine  Prescription  Doctor  Nurse

Science

Professions

Health

Emergency

It's another category question for you to solve super spotter!

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Dolphin  Whale  Shark  Jellyfish

Mammals

Sea creatures

Aquarium

Reptiles

Are you getting the hang of this?  Here's another category question for you to have a go at super spotter!

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Storm Clouds

 

Thunder  Gale  Tornado  Monsoon

Severe weather

Science

Earth

Weather

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

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Exhaust  Engine  Brakes  Wheel

Metal

Cars

Weather

Bikes

Which category do the words below best fit into?  Remember you need all the words to fit into the category.

 

 

 

 

 

 Instruments Weather
Piano
Hail
Harp
Flute
Sleet
Shower

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

 

Which is the odd word out here?

 

Violin Oboe Thunder Trumpet

Look at the list of objects below.  Which place at home can these be found in? Select the category that the words fit into below.

 

 

 

 

 

 Kitchen Garden
Hoe
Scales
Wok
Refrigerator
Rake
Spade

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

 

Which is the odd word out here?

 

Hoe Rake Wok Spade

Last question super spotter, doesn't time fly!

 

Select the category that the words fit into below.  Remember they can belong in more than one category.

 

Apple TreePoppies

 

 

 

 PlantTree
Roots
Oak
Leaf
Ash
Chestnut
  • Question 1

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

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Hour  Stopwatch  Minute  Second

CORRECT ANSWER
Time
EDDIE SAYS
You need to look for the common theme amongst these words. Go through each one and think whether it is relevant to that category? Hopefully, you can see that the best description of these words is time.
  • Question 2

Here's another category question for you to try your hand at.  Remember you are looking for a category that all the words could belong to.

 

 

Medicine  Prescription  Doctor  Nurse

CORRECT ANSWER
Health
EDDIE SAYS
This was a bit trickier, did you get it? This is because ALL of the words needed to fit into the category. A doctor and a nurse are examples of professions but medicine and prescription do not fit well here. Some of these words could be linked to the word emergency, but prescription would not make sense here. Therefore, the most accurate category for these words would be health.
  • Question 3

It's another category question for you to solve super spotter!

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Dolphin  Whale  Shark  Jellyfish

CORRECT ANSWER
Sea creatures
EDDIE SAYS
Remember all of these words need to fit into the category, a dolphin and a whale would fit into the category of mammal, but a shark and jellyfish would not. Similarly, you may see a jellyfish and a shark in an aquarium but you wouldn't see a dolphin or whale there. All four words best link with the topic 'sea creatures'.
  • Question 4

Are you getting the hang of this?  Here's another category question for you to have a go at super spotter!

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Storm Clouds

 

Thunder  Gale  Tornado  Monsoon

CORRECT ANSWER
Severe weather
EDDIE SAYS
This one posed a problem, didn't it? Did you get stuck between weather and severe weather? The correct answer was 'severe weather' as the words all relate to storms, which are considered severe weather conditions.
  • Question 5

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

 

Which category do the following words belong to?

 

Exhaust  Engine  Brakes  Wheel

CORRECT ANSWER
Cars
EDDIE SAYS
The words above are all things that can be found in a car. They're definitely not linked to weather, they could be linked to a motorbike but the word 'wheel' is the give away here! These words best link with the topic of 'cars'.
  • Question 6

Which category do the words below best fit into?  Remember you need all the words to fit into the category.

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Instruments Weather
Piano
Hail
Harp
Flute
Sleet
Shower
EDDIE SAYS
This one wasn't too tricky, was it? None of the words could be found in both groups. Hail, sleet and shower fall into the weather category. While the piano, harp and flute are all types of musical instruments.
  • 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
Violin Oboe Thunder Trumpet
EDDIE SAYS
Did you choose thunder? The link between the three other words in this example is that they describe types of musical instruments. Thunder does make a lot of noise, but not the musical kind!
  • Question 8

Look at the list of objects below.  Which place at home can these be found in? Select the category that the words fit into below.

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Kitchen Garden
Hoe
Scales
Wok
Refrigerator
Rake
Spade
EDDIE SAYS
Did you know all of these words? There's some that you may need to look up and make a note of. Remember developing your vocabulary is important. Hoe, rake and spade are all types of tools that you might find in the garden. The other words can be found in your kitchen, go and have a look!
  • 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
Hoe Rake Wok Spade
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember the words in the previous question? If you did you should have been able to work out that wok was the odd one out. The link between the three other words is that they are tools used in the garden. A wok is the only object here that you would find in your kitchen.
  • Question 10

Last question super spotter, doesn't time fly!

 

Select the category that the words fit into below.  Remember they can belong in more than one category.

 

Apple TreePoppies

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 PlantTree
Roots
Oak
Leaf
Ash
Chestnut
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the word that could go into both categories, super spotter? It was the word 'leaf' this is because both plants and trees have leaves. The other words could only fit into one category. Ash, Chestnut and Oak are all types of tree. While petal and stalk are parts of a flower.
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