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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?

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

 

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


 

Let’s try one more:

Which word is the odd one out?

Lion   Boar  Cow   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!

Right super spotter, you are up!  Can you help by marking the odd word out from the list below?

Kite Light Night Fight

Here's another, can you select the odd word out from the list below?

Knitting

Crotchety

Grumpy

Crabby

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

 

Artichoke  Cough  Fennel  Celery

Can you do us a favour super spotter?  Can you highlight the odd one out in the list of words below?

 

 

Pin Pan Pen Pon

Which of the words below do you think doesn't belong in the group super spotter?

 

 

 

Parsley

Rosemary

Sparsely

Lavender

In the table below can you help to categorise the words super spotter?

 

 

Here's another one for you.  Can you highlight the odd word out in the group below?

 

 

Waning Candle Waxing Crescent

A word below does not belong.  Can you identify which one it is?

Pyramid

Pharaoh

Hieroglyph

Alphabet

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

 

Scissors  Knife  Saw  Spoon

Last one super spotter, let's go out on a high!  Can you highlight the odd one out in the list below?

 

 

Race Fire Match Game
  • Question 1

Right super spotter, you are up!  Can you help by marking the odd word out from the list below?

CORRECT ANSWER
Kite Light Night Fight
EDDIE SAYS
Did you say these words out loud? What did you notice? Hopefully, you could hear they all rhyme? However, Kite is the odd word out in this example as it's not about word meanings but spelling patterns here!
  • Question 2

Here's another, can you select the odd word out from the list below?

CORRECT ANSWER
Knitting
EDDIE SAYS
Knitting is the odd word out here. Have you heard of the other words before? They all mean grumpy!
  • Question 3

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

 

Artichoke  Cough  Fennel  Celery

CORRECT ANSWER
Cough
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get cough? Cough is the odd one out because the others are all types of vegetable, have a look and see if you have any of them in your kitchen?
  • Question 4

Can you do us a favour super spotter?  Can you highlight the odd one out in the list of words below?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Pin Pan Pen Pon
EDDIE SAYS
What did you think? They are all three letter words beginning with the letter 'P'. But... what is a 'pon'? We're not sure we know either, it's a made-up word that has sneaked into the pile. Therefore it must be the odd one out as Pon is the only one that is not a real word.
  • Question 5

Which of the words below do you think doesn't belong in the group super spotter?

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Sparsely
EDDIE SAYS
Sparsely sounds like parsley but it doesn't belong here as the other three words are types of herbs. Cheeky! It uses nearly exactly the same letters as parsley but has a very different meaning. Sparsely means in small numbers.
  • Question 6

In the table below can you help to categorise the words super spotter?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you pick Glacier? If so we hope your reasoning was that this is the only word related to water where the water is frozen? The others are shallow areas of flowing water, therefore, glacier is the odd word out.
  • Question 7

Here's another one for you.  Can you highlight the odd word out in the group below?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Waning Candle Waxing Crescent
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do here? Have you heard of all of these words before? Waning, waxing and crescent are words used to describe the stages of the moon. A candle is made of wax but it does not fit into the moon category, so we highlight away!
  • Question 8

A word below does not belong.  Can you identify which one it is?

CORRECT ANSWER
Alphabet
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it? Long words here! If you've studied the Ancient Egyptians this could have been a piece of cake! Alphabet doesn't belong among the other words. Our word alphabet to describe the letters in English actually originates from Latin and Greek. Interesting!
  • Question 9

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

 

Scissors  Knife  Saw  Spoon

CORRECT ANSWER
Spoon
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get spoon? You needed to think about the relationships between all of the words and what they have in common. Spoon is the odd word out as the other items are tools used to cut things.
  • Question 10

Last one super spotter, let's go out on a high!  Can you highlight the odd one out in the list below?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Race Fire Match Game
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do on the last question? Did you get Fire? Race, match and game are words used in competitive sports. The word fire doesn't belong, the only word it shares common ground with is match.
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