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School Vocabulary Activity – Odd One Out

by | Jul 11, 2022

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How to use this school vocabulary activity

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: “Lesson doesn’t fit the rest because the other words are different stages of schooling.”

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 a list of answers for you, just in case:

1:  Subject – the others are objects in the classroom;

2:  University – the others are subjects at school;

3:  Ruler – the others are people at school;

4:  Course – the others are verbs related to school;

5:  Term – the others are types of things students must do at school;

6:  Lesson – the others are stages of education;

7:  Information – the others are books you might find in a classroom;

8:  Recess – the others are subjects or lessons at school;

9:  Bookshelf – the others are places or rooms in a school.

 

Description

Whether you use it as a warm-upa time-killeror an end-of-lesson activity to introduce the next class, it’s a good alternative to the usual vocabulary prompts in most textbooks.

Ideas to take it further:

  1. Give 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 box 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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