Odd One Out: Health Vocabulary

Students find the odd one out and explain why in this online-friendly health vocabulary activity for B1 students.

How it works?

Each card contains 5 words or phrases. One of them doesn’t fit. Students must find the odd one out and explain why. Play as a group or let your students try to find all 9 answers, then check them as a class.

Give a point for each correct answer (the odd one out and the explanation).

You can also give students a point if they come up with a logical answer of their own. Once you finish all the cards, you can also have them come up with their own odd-one-out cards for the class on the topic of health and fitness. This is a great way to prolong the activity and make them think hard about their vocabulary!

Below are the suggested answers:

  1. knee – the others are organs.
  2. ambulance – it is not a person.
  3. take a sick day – the other phrases are things a doctor or nurse might do for you when you have a doctor’s appointment.
  4. I feel fit as a fiddle – the others are expressions that mean you are feeling sick or ill.
  5. allergy – the others are verbs related to injury.
  6. flu – the others are symptoms of an illness whereas the flu is a type of illness.
  7. faint – the others are verbs related to getting better, or improving.
  8. diagnosis – the others are places.
  9. cast – the others are treatments that are (usually) taken by mouth.

Ideas to take it further:

  1. Set a time limit!
  2. Have students add elements to each box after the mystery has been solved.
  3. Students make their own odd one out boxes and challenge the class.


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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.

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