The Odd One Out A1

A simple and useful game to review vocabulary and grammar by looking for the odd word out of the bunch.


The odd one out is a game used to review and organize vocabulary and grammar taught at the A1 level.
The principle is simple: There are 5 words or phrases on each game card.
One of these words or phrases does not fit.
Students identify the odd one out and explain why.


Target Language

The grammatical and lexical categories proposed are intentionally varied in order to offer your students a new challenge with each game card. Some categories you will find: positive and negative adjectives of taste, irregular verbs, rooms in a home, plural or singular nouns, adverbs of quantity or frequency, etc. This variety of vocabulary and challenges gives your students the opportunity to utilize the full breadth of their English language knowledge.



For use with your A1 students, we recommend sorting out the vocabulary or grammar points they have not yet learned before playing. This is unnecessary for use with A2 learners. It’s easy to set up a stimulating warm-up or finishing activity for students. The resource comes with blank game cards for a special variant contained within, or for you to add categories specific to the current language focus in your classroom.



  • A 13-page PDF with instructions for all the game variants and printable elements (game cards, category cards, a target and the answer key);
  • A VIRTUAL VERSION folder which groups together all the game cards in JPG or PNG format so that you can use them in a variety of different ways including: playing the game during your online lessons via screen-share or on a virtual whiteboard, using a projector or interactive whiteboard in your classroom, using your computer screen to display the game cards to your class, or making a limited selection of cards to print in order to limit printing and cutting.

3 reviews for The Odd One Out A1

  1. victorgq (verified owner)

    A great game to play with my students. I have used it with my A1-A2 level students and it has allowed us to review vocabulary about ancien topics, to discovery new one, to practice pronounciation and to exercise how to justify. Every time we play it, laughs don’t lack 😉

  2. looreenaa127 (verified owner)

    Great resource! I use it for fast finishers in vocabulary classes since it reviews words of all topics, but I also like to use it at the beginning of a new unit, in order to introduce the new vocabulary topic.

  3. morganelorgeou (verified owner)

    This activity has been a great success with my students. I use it at the end of class when I have time but I also like to send individual cards from time to time on group chats with them to shake things up. They love it, it creates a great emulation. They like to argue about the best answer when there are several possibilities. A winner for sure!

    • Ian Kime

      Good use of the resource 🙂 Have you tried using the blank cards so that students can create their own Odd One Out puzzle? Also a winning strategy.

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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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