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Common Nouns Category Sorting – Which One Doesn’t Belong Vocabulary Activities

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These Which One Doesn’t Belong? Common Noun Task Cards and worksheets are a fun way to incorporate critical thinking while teaching Vocabulary Acquisition and Use to primary students.

Your kiddos will have great conversations as there can be more than one correct answer. This activity is great for early finishers, gifted, and ELL students! Be sure to check out the PREVIEW to see more detail.


•Which word does not belong? – 60 task cards with pictures and 60 task cards with words,

•10 worksheets in which there are four pictures on each row and students identify which picture or word does not belong.

•Recording Sheets and Answer Keys


  • with a whole class as a morning warm-up
  • in small groups
  • individually
  • in a center


We need to provide even our youngest students with activities that require critical thinking. As students create categories using words and pictures, they develop analysis, discrimination, comparison, and logical thinking skills. Identifying similarities and differences helps students see patterns and make connections.

Students develop logical reasoning skills when they analyze a group of items and observe their characteristics. They must be able to see patterns and make connections as they sort, group, and classify through comparing things that are similar and contrasting things that display differences.


I was hoping to find a resource that would look exciting enough to keep my students engaged, and this truly has meant my expectation and more! My students adore the pictures. I also love how this one resource targets categorization on so many different levels, thanks for creating this!



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