Odd One Out: Food Vocabulary
Students choose the odd one out and explain why in this easy online-friendly food vocabulary activity for your beginners!
Let’s face it, some food and drink vocabulary words are pretty universal: banana, kiwi, lemonade, coffee, etc. They’re the same all over the world. But what about words like milk, spicy, crunchy, eggplant!? Gets pretty tricky pretty fast… Here we propose a simple Food Vocabulary Activity for your beginner students. Use this during your lesson plan, at the beginning of class for a warm-up, or at the end of class as a review. It works great both online and offline, for groups as well as individual students!
How it works
Share the PDF or print a copy for your students. Each card contains 5 words or phrases. One of them doesn’t fit the rest.
Students must find the odd one out and explain why. Simple!
For example: “Onion doesn’t fit because it’s not a fruit.”
Play as a group or let your students try to find all 9 answers individually. Then, check the answers as a class. Give a point for each correct answer (the odd one out and the explanation).
Here is the list of answers for the A1 sheet:
1: Onion – it’s not a fruit;
2: Drink – it’s not a meal;
3: Pan – you don’t use it to eat, you use it to cook;
4: Garlic – it’s not sweet;
5: Mustard – it’s not made from milk / it’s not a dairy product;
6: Pasta – it’s not a typical breakfast food;
7: Mushroom – it’s not a dish;
8: Knife – it’s not an appliance in the kitchen;
9: Cake – it’s not a drink.
Here is the list of answers for the A2 sheet:
1: Eat – it’s not a cooking verb;
2: Tablecloth – it’s not a person;
3: Carrot – it’s not usually red;
4: Milk – it’s not an alcoholic drink;
5: Rinsed – it’s not a type of preparation;
6: Crunchy – it’s not a a taste / it’s a texture;
7: Kitchen – it’s not a place to eat out;
8: Steak – it’s not a type of meat / it’s a piece of meat;
9: Piece – it’s not a container.
Ideas to take it further:
- Set a time limit!
- Have students add elements to each box after the mystery has been solved.
- Students make their own odd one out boxes and challenge the class.
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