Odd One Out

Three different materials or objects are shown to the pupils and they are asked to say which one is the odd one out and, importantly, give a reason why.

Chocolate, water and paper

Picture of chocolate, water and paper

Again a huge advantage of this exercise is that there is not just one correct answer – the depth of pupil’s thinking is shown in their reason why their chosen object is the odd one out. It helps to build their vocabulary as they are likely to draw on the properties of the materials to justify their answers. It also encourages some ‘off the wall’ thinking!

Teacher doing an Odd One Out with her class & teacher commentary

  • How easy it is to use
  • Pupils’ vocabulary
  • How to make it fit into a lesson, eg sound

Here are some examples of the Odd One Out for you to download and try with your class: Download Odd One Out examples