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Apply categories to words

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

'Apply categories to 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!

Super spotter we have a task for you.  Can you sort the following words into the categories that they belong to?

Below is another group of words that need sorting into categories.  Can you help us, super spotter?

Same again super spotter, can you sort out the words below?

Can you mark the odd one out in the list of words below?

Jenny Stag Cob Ram

Same again super spotter, you know what to do!  Mark the odd one out in the list below.

Pecan Cashew Brazil Yam

You'll be an expert at categorising animals after this.  Here's another one for you to sort.  

Get sorting super spotter, there's another question for you to solve!

Sort the following words into the categories below that they belong to.

There is a word below that does not belong in the group super spotter.  Can you underline the odd one out?

Locust Mosquito Fez Termite

Let's finish strong!  Last question coming up.  Identify the odd one out in the list of words below super spotter.

Gander Doe Hen Mare
  • Question 1

Super spotter we have a task for you.  Can you sort the following words into the categories that they belong to?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A cob is a male swan and the female swan is known as a pen. Kiwi and Kumquats are types of fruit A doe is a female deer Drake is a male duck. You can always use a dictionary to help you with these worksheets - finding out the answers for yourself is often the best way of remembering new information.
  • Question 2

Below is another group of words that need sorting into categories.  Can you help us, super spotter?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A jack is a male donkey. A nanny is a female goat whilse a vixen is a female fox. Cashew and pecan are types of nuts. A ram is a male sheep. Can you see how this may help you with spotting odd ones out in a group of words?
  • Question 3

Same again super spotter, can you sort out the words below?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A jenny is a female donkey whilst a ewe is a female sheep. There are two vegetables; yam and turnip A stallion is a male horse and a stag a male deer.
  • Question 4

Can you mark the odd one out in the list of words below?

CORRECT ANSWER
Jenny Stag Cob Ram
EDDIE SAYS
Jenny would be the odd word out here because all the other words relate to male animals. Are you getting the hang of the animal names now?
  • Question 5

Same again super spotter, you know what to do!  Mark the odd one out in the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Pecan Cashew Brazil Yam
EDDIE SAYS
Yam is our odd word out. Did you remember that it is a vegetable? Pecan, cashew and brazil are names of nuts.
  • Question 6

You'll be an expert at categorising animals after this.  Here's another one for you to sort.  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
There are two hats - fez and a beret Gander is a male goose - do you remember the nursery rhyme goosey, goosey gander? Bull a male animal - cattle, whale, elephant or giraffe. Sow is a female pig and mare is a female horse.
  • Question 7

Get sorting super spotter, there's another question for you to solve!

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Boar is a male pig Billy is a male goat - remember 'Billy Goats Gruff?' Hen is a female chicken Duck is a female duck Locust and termite are types of insects.
  • Question 8

Sort the following words into the categories below that they belong to.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The flowers are carnation and geranium. The dances salsa and flamenco. The sports are lacrosse and fencing. How many new words did you learn this time?
  • Question 9

There is a word below that does not belong in the group super spotter.  Can you underline the odd one out?

CORRECT ANSWER
Locust Mosquito Fez Termite
EDDIE SAYS
Fez - a name of a hat is our odd word out here. Locust, mosquito and termite are all names of insects.
  • Question 10

Let's finish strong!  Last question coming up.  Identify the odd one out in the list of words below super spotter.

CORRECT ANSWER
Gander Doe Hen Mare
EDDIE SAYS
Did you have a gander at this? Gander, our male goose, would be the odd one out here and the others are names for female animals. There, you'll be an animal categorizing whizz in no time!
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