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Odd One Out

Which item does not fit with the others? Recognizing similarities and differences is creative fun with this anytime game using Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons.

  • Grade 1
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Invite students to discuss the ideas of sets of items that belong together. While three items may share a characteristic or belong to the same group, a fourth item may not share that same characteristic. Or that fourth item may belong to a different group. Provide an example of this, such as shark, whale, dolphin, horse. Discuss which three share a characteristic. To what group could three of these animals belong? Which animal does not belong (or could be called the “Odd One Out”? Why?
    2. Ask children to create their own Odd One Out game boards. Model how to divide an individual dry-erase board using a Dry-Erase Crayon to draw vertical and horizontal lines down and across the center of the board.
    3. Children to draw and/or write three living things that belong together and one that would be the “Odd One Out”.
    4. Children can share their drawings with the entire group or work with partners to elicit guesses as to which living thing is the “Odd One Out”. Guessers or artists might even erase the odd one, leaving the three that belong together. Encourage children to describe how the three living things are alike and why the fourth is not in that group.
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    SCI: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

    SS: Work independently and cooperatively to accomplish goals.

    VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

  • Adaptations

    Introduce the concept of Animal Classification. Generate a list of examples of animals that fit into these classes: amphibian, bird, fish, mammal, and reptile. Encourage children to draw three animals that are in one class and one that is not on their “Odd One Out” boards. Can classmates determine what class three animals belong to and which class the odd one belongs in?

    Encourage children to include unusual critters in their game, such as a scorpion, tarantula, vulture, and mosquito. Children will enjoy taking the time to draw each creature, so be sure to plan for plenty of time for artists to complete their illustrations.

    This activity can be an “I’m Finished” activity. Students who finish an assignment might create an “Odd One Out” board to share with classmates when they finish.

    Introduce the concept of living and non-living things by sharing the book, Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea and Tom Slaughter.


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