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Identify themes and categorise words

In this worksheet, students will identify the word that doesn’t fit in with the rest, focusing particularly on homonyms.

'Identify themes and categorise words' 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?

Pillow  Duvet   Curtain   Cushion

 

Did you say curtain?

Curtains

This is because all the other words are items that can be found on a bed.


Let’s try another:

Which word would be the odd one out here?

Sow   Stag   Vixen   Ewe

 

Did you say stag?

This is because all the other words are the female names of animals.


Here is a list of animals and the female and male names for them:

 Animal  Male  Female
 Pig  Boar  Sow
 Sheep  Ram  Ewe
 Fox  Tod/Dog  Vixen
 Goat  Billy  Nanny
 Deer  Stag/Buck  Doe
 Cattle (Cow)  Bull  Cow
 Lion  Lion  Lioness
 Horse  Stallion  Mare

Goat

Make sure that you make a note of any new words.


 

Let’s try one more:

Which word is the odd one out?

Lion   Billy  Vixen   Ram

 

Did you say cow?

This is because all the other words are male animal names.


 

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

There are a group of words below.  Your job, super spotter, is to work out which of the words do not belong in the group and is the odd word out?

Raven

Crow

Starling

Beak

Which word does not belong in the list below?

Raven

Crow

Squawk

Cry

Which is the odd word out?

Spring

Winter

Autumn

Sun

Look at this next one. which is the odd word out?

Spring

Jump

Autumn

Leap

Here's another, read it through carefully.  Which is the odd word out?

Right Ahead Correct Left

Keep going super spotter, can you work out which is the odd word out?

Right Wrong Correct Left

You must be getting the hang of this now?  Which is the odd word out?

Rose Daffodil Rise Pansy

Another word has got into the wrong group below?  Can you identify it?

Rose Daffodil Rise Ascend

Choose the odd word out and then write it in the box below:

 

Pound  Pence  Beat  Coin

Last question super spotter, let's finish on a high.  Write the odd word out in the box below.  Read it carefully!

 

Pound  Pence  Beat  Strike

  • Question 1

There are a group of words below.  Your job, super spotter, is to work out which of the words do not belong in the group and is the odd word out?

CORRECT ANSWER
Beak
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? Did you think about what the words had in common? A raven, crow and starling are all types of birds. While they may all have a beak, this does not have as close a relationship with the other words and therefore is the odd one out.
  • Question 2

Which word does not belong in the list below?

CORRECT ANSWER
Raven
EDDIE SAYS
Did you read this properly? The word crow has two meanings. In this example -crow refers to the sound that a bird can make. Therefore it goes well with squawk and cry and raven is the odd one out.
  • Question 3

Which is the odd word out?

CORRECT ANSWER
Sun
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the link? The first 3 words are all seasons of the year, whereas the sun is a big star in our solar system, that can make appearances in all of our seasons!
  • Question 4

Look at this next one. which is the odd word out?

CORRECT ANSWER
Autumn
EDDIE SAYS
In this example autumn is the odd word out as spring, jump and leap all go together as descriptions of movement. Knowing your homonyms (words with multiple meanings) can be really useful in odd on out questions.
  • Question 5

Here's another, read it through carefully.  Which is the odd word out?

CORRECT ANSWER
Right Ahead Correct Left
EDDIE SAYS
Did you choose correct? Yes that's right! Oh dear still not much clearer. This time right, ahead and left link together as types of directions.
  • Question 6

Keep going super spotter, can you work out which is the odd word out?

CORRECT ANSWER
Right Wrong Correct Left
EDDIE SAYS
Did you choose left? Yes that's right! Oh dear that's rather confusing! Right, wrong and correct are ways of explaining if something is true or not so left is the odd one out.
  • Question 7

You must be getting the hang of this now?  Which is the odd word out?

CORRECT ANSWER
Rose Daffodil Rise Pansy
EDDIE SAYS
Did you choose rise? Rose, daffodil and pansy are names of flowers. So the word rise has not got as much in common here.
  • Question 8

Another word has got into the wrong group below?  Can you identify it?

CORRECT ANSWER
Rose Daffodil Rise Ascend
EDDIE SAYS
This time daffodil is the odd word out because we are using rose with its other meaning - the past tense of 'rise'. Don't you love a homonym?!
  • Question 9

Choose the odd word out and then write it in the box below:

 

Pound  Pence  Beat  Coin

CORRECT ANSWER
Beat
EDDIE SAYS
Beat is the odd word out as pound, pence and coin relate to the category money.
  • Question 10

Last question super spotter, let's finish on a high.  Write the odd word out in the box below.  Read it carefully!

 

Pound  Pence  Beat  Strike

CORRECT ANSWER
Pence
EDDIE SAYS
And, you are done! How did you do? Pence is the odd word out as we use pound for its other meaning to beat or strike something heavily.
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