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Apply categories to words to identify the odd one out

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

'Apply categories to words to identify the odd one out' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Word Relationships

Difficulty level:  

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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, can you help us to sort the following words into the categories that they belong?

 VerbAdjective
Gardening
Cooking
Brown
Sweet

Here's another one for you.  Can you sort the words below into the correct categories?

 AdjectiveNoun
Perfect
Ancient
Live
Mountain

Super spotter can you sort the following words into the categories that they belong?

Can you help by marking the odd word out in the list of words below?

Cobra Viper Perfect Python

Same again super spotter, you know the drill!  Mark the odd word out in the list of words below.

Ancient Mountain Person Palace

Sort the following words into the categories that they belong please, super spotter?

The words below need sorting into categories that they belong to, can you organise them below?

How are you doing super spotter?  Can you sort the words into their correct categories below?  Remember to think about what each word means.  It's useful to try to picture the words as you go through.

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

Cricket Mantis Dragonflies Skink

Last question, let's finish with a bang!  There is a word in the group below that does not belong.  Can you find it?

Diabetes Epilepsy Kidney Eczema
  • Question 1

Hi there super spotter, can you help us to sort the following words into the categories that they belong?

CORRECT ANSWER
 VerbAdjective
Gardening
Cooking
Brown
Sweet
EDDIE SAYS
Sometimes the way to categorise words is according to their role in a sentence. It's really important that we understand what all of the different words do in a sentence, and we can identify if they are a noun, adjective, adverb or verb.
  • Question 2

Here's another one for you.  Can you sort the words below into the correct categories?

CORRECT ANSWER
 AdjectiveNoun
Perfect
Ancient
Live
Mountain
EDDIE SAYS
If these words were all together in a group then mountain would be the odd word out because it is a noun and the others are adjectives. See, knowing what the words are is really important for categorising.
  • Question 3

Super spotter can you sort the following words into the categories that they belong?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Knowing animal names and place names can be very handy when looking at odd one out questions. If you are not sure what these snakes look like it is worth looking them up!
  • Question 4

Can you help by marking the odd word out in the list of words below?

CORRECT ANSWER
Cobra Viper Perfect Python
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get the perfect answer? If you thought about what each of the words means you would see that perfect is the odd word out. The other words are all types of snakes.
  • Question 5

Same again super spotter, you know the drill!  Mark the odd word out in the list of words below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Ancient Mountain Person Palace
EDDIE SAYS
At first glance, this is not immediately obvious, is it? However, if you think back to the questions at the start you may have spotted that this is all to do with the types of word. Ancient is our odd word out here. It is an adjective whilst mountain, person and palace are nouns.
  • Question 6

Sort the following words into the categories that they belong please, super spotter?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Do you know what all of these words mean? They are types of animals and if you know what they look like you would have found this easier to answer. Remember to look up any words that are new to you. If you find out the information yourself you're much more likely to remember it should it come up in the future.
  • Question 7

The words below need sorting into categories that they belong to, can you organise them below?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
To answer this one it's important that you understood the headings? Genre is a category or type of film in this case. Have you heard of the genres of film in the question above? Language refers to the words and the ways in which people communicate.
  • Question 8

How are you doing super spotter?  Can you sort the words into their correct categories below?  Remember to think about what each word means.  It's useful to try to picture the words as you go through.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How many new words did you learn this time? When we are learning about the human body there are a lot of long and tricky to spell words in there. Do you know where all of these parts of the human body are located? If not, you know what to do... it's research time!
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Cricket Mantis Dragonflies Skink
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do on the penultimate (last but one) question? If you thought back to previous questions you may have been able to work this one out. A skink is a type of lizard whilst the rest of the words are names of insects.
  • Question 10

Last question, let's finish with a bang!  There is a word in the group below that does not belong.  Can you find it?

CORRECT ANSWER
Diabetes Epilepsy Kidney Eczema
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do, did you smash it? There are three medical conditions in the list and one part of the body lurking. The kidney is a part of our body so that really shouldn't be in this group!
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