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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?

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!

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

 NounAdverb
Slowly
Ladder
Garden
Sweetly

Can you sort the following words into the categories that they best belong to?

 AdjectiveVerb
Climb
Shut
Beautiful
Soft

The words below belong to a category.  Place all of the words in a category.  Be careful, some of the words could belong to more than one category!

 

 

 SportsInsects
Curling
Beetle
Polo
Fly
Squash
Cricket

Hi super spotter, can you mark the odd word out in the list of words below?

Cricket Darts Butterfly Polo

Super spotter there is another underline question for you to complete.  Can you highlight the odd one out in the list below?

Softly Quiet Cheerfully Eagerly

Can you sort the following words into the categories that they belong to below super spotter?

Here's another category grid for you to solve super spotter, you know the drill!

Here's another category table, are you getting the hang of this now?  Remember to consider each word under both categories each time.

Which word is the odd one out in the list of words below?

Butterfly Stroke Cricket Crawl

Last question super spotter, let's make it a good one!  Mark the odd one out in the list of words below.

Pasta, Pizza, Pisa, Lasagne
  • Question 1

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 NounAdverb
Slowly
Ladder
Garden
Sweetly
EDDIE SAYS
Sometimes the category will be a grammatical one so knowing whether something is a noun or an adverb can be really useful. Adverbs describe a verb they normally have an 'ly' ending. A noun is an object, place or a person.
  • Question 2

Can you sort the following words into the categories that they best belong to?

CORRECT ANSWER
 AdjectiveVerb
Climb
Shut
Beautiful
Soft
EDDIE SAYS
Verbs are action/ doing words whilst adjectives normally describe a noun in more detail.
  • Question 3

The words below belong to a category.  Place all of the words in a category.  Be careful, some of the words could belong to more than one category!

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 SportsInsects
Curling
Beetle
Polo
Fly
Squash
Cricket
EDDIE SAYS
Most of the words could only go under one category but did you spot the one that could go into both? Cricket? It's both a popular summer sport and a little insect that can jump a long way!
  • Question 4

Hi super spotter, can you mark the odd word out in the list of words below?

CORRECT ANSWER
Cricket Darts Butterfly Polo
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the odd one out? Butterfly is the odd word out as cricket, darts and polo are all words relating to sport.
  • Question 5

Super spotter there is another underline question for you to complete.  Can you highlight the odd one out in the list below?

CORRECT ANSWER
Softly Quiet Cheerfully Eagerly
EDDIE SAYS
Here comes the grammar question! Did you work out the common theme here? Quiet is the odd word out as the other words are adverbs. We told you knowing the difference was important!
  • Question 6

Can you sort the following words into the categories that they belong to below super spotter?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Do you take part in either of these sports? 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

Here's another category grid for you to solve super spotter, you know the drill!

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
When you start thinking about categories there is such a lot of new vocabulary to be introduced to. Reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books will really help you to grow your vocabulary bank (and of course completing activities like these!).
  • Question 8

Here's another category table, are you getting the hang of this now?  Remember to consider each word under both categories each time.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How many new words did you learn this time? Did the word 'hangar' confuse you? You'll find a hangar on an airfield, it's like a garage for airplanes! A chateau is a French word meaning castle! Remember to add all new words to your word collection - perhaps in a special notebook.
  • Question 9

Which word is the odd one out in the list of words below?

CORRECT ANSWER
Butterfly Stroke Cricket Crawl
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot that this time the main theme was swimming? Crickets don't like swimming much!
  • Question 10

Last question super spotter, let's make it a good one!  Mark the odd one out in the list of words below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Pasta, Pizza, Pisa, Lasagne
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do super spotter? There was an Italian theme happening here, but three of the words are types of Italian food you can eat. Pisa is the odd one out because although it is an Italian it's a city and you cannot eat it!
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