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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.

'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!

Hi there super spotter, here's a question for you.  Can you identify the word that does not belong in the list below?

Day Night Fortnight Time

Here's another one for you to categorise super spotter.

Bear

Cub

Grumpy

Grizzly

Write the word that doesn't belong in the box below.

 

Vampire  Werewolf  Unicorn  Bear

Can you highlight the odd one out in the list below?

 

 

Suitcase Handle Briefcase Wallet

One of the words in the group below does not belong in the list, can you work out which one it is?

 

 

Hike

Climb

Scale

Descend

Categorise the words below to find the odd one out.

 

 

Can you highlight the odd word out below super spotter?

 

 

Exhaust Engine Chain Gearbox

Find the word below that does not belong in the group.

Ancient

Contemporary

New

Current

Write the word that doesn't belong in the box below

 

Solo  Single  Double  Lone

Here we go super spotter, the last question is up!  Highlight the odd one out in the list below, and make it a good one!

 

 

Carriage Track Cottage Rail
  • Question 1

Hi there super spotter, here's a question for you.  Can you identify the word that does not belong in the list below?

CORRECT ANSWER
Day Night Fortnight Time
EDDIE SAYS
This was a bit tricky, wasn't it? Time is the odd word out here as the other words depict a length of time.
  • Question 2

Here's another one for you to categorise super spotter.

CORRECT ANSWER
Grumpy
EDDIE SAYS
Grumpy is the odd word out as the other words are linked to the animal bear. Have you ever seen a Grizzly Bear? You probably don't want to meet one in the wild!
  • Question 3

Write the word that doesn't belong in the box below.

 

Vampire  Werewolf  Unicorn  Bear

CORRECT ANSWER
Bear
EDDIE SAYS
Did you choose bear? Bear is the odd one out because the others are all fictional or mythical creatures, but bears are real!
  • Question 4

Can you highlight the odd one out in the list below?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Suitcase Handle Briefcase Wallet
EDDIE SAYS
How are you doing super spotter? Did you choose handle? Handle is the odd one out because the others are all items you can carry other objects in.
  • Question 5

One of the words in the group below does not belong in the list, can you work out which one it is?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Descend
EDDIE SAYS
It's descend! Hike, Climb and Scale are all words used when someone is trying to move upwards whereas descend is the opposite. It means someone is moving downwards. Not us super spotter, we're scaling this challenge!
  • Question 6

Categorise the words below to find the odd one out.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A snorkel is something humans might use to swim underwater whereas the others are all parts of a fish. So, snorkel doesn't fit here.
  • Question 7

Can you highlight the odd word out below super spotter?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Exhaust Engine Chain Gearbox
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get chain super spotter? Chain is the odd one out because the others are all vocabulary connected to a car. A chain could be found on a bike, but not a car!
  • Question 8

Find the word below that does not belong in the group.

CORRECT ANSWER
Ancient
EDDIE SAYS
Ancient is the odd word out. It means in the past whilst all the other words mean something new.
  • Question 9

Write the word that doesn't belong in the box below

 

Solo  Single  Double  Lone

CORRECT ANSWER
Double
EDDIE SAYS
Getting the hang of this? Double is the odd one out because the others are synonyms of being alone.
  • Question 10

Here we go super spotter, the last question is up!  Highlight the odd one out in the list below, and make it a good one!

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Carriage Track Cottage Rail
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the last odd one out? Cottage is the odd one out because the other words are all linked with the railway. You may see a cottage at the railway but it is not a key part of the setting in the same way that the other words are.
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