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Odd One Out with CAPTUR

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In a game of Odd One Out, the player is given a set of four items, and must decide which one of the four doesn't belong in the group. On the popular children's television show Sesame Street, this game was better known through its song, "One of these things doesn't belong here." This article gives some examples of doing an Odd One Out activity with CAPTUR.

Large Classes in Teams

This activity can be used with small or large classes; in the case of large classes you could have students get into groups of 4 or 5 so that they could discuss each question and then answer as a team. If you do make this a kind of quiz team activity it is quite a good idea to have each member of each team answer with the CAPTUR paddle because you ensure participation from all members of a team. If a team comes up with multiple answers then their answer is disqualified.

Create a Matrix of Options

Odd One Out board

As you can see from the two illustrations, having 3 choices on each face allows you to make a matrix of option sets, thus allowing you to quickly prepare an extensive activity.

Odd One Out neat

The activity goes something like this: The teacher says, "OK everybody please look at column one. Are there any questions about pronunciation or meaning or anything else? ……… Right! Which one is the odd one out?" At this point, the students hold up their Captur paddles.

Alternatively, you could not even use the blackboard at all and read out a list of four things. For example:

  1. A is Brazil nut
  2. B is Walnut
  3. C is Peanut
  4. D is Pecan nut

(The peanut is the odd one out since it is not really a nut. It is a legume – a member of the family of beans.)

The challenge in this case though is the listener has to remember the choices which may actually detract from the part of the activity where students, when asked "Which is the odd one out?" may well have forgotten the choices. However, if it is a team game you could have the team write the choices out as they hear them. This actually gives the activity a more holistic sense since students will have to read and write as well as listen.

The Answers

Here are the answers to the Odd One Out sets in the images above. Of course, you'll want to create sets that match your own students' interests. Please feel free to share your ideas in the "Comment" box at the end of the article.

  • Column 1. Stevie Wonder is the odd man out because the other three all went to the same school in Seattle, Washington.
  • Column 2.  New York is not a capital city.
  • Column 3. Between, because it requires two objects.
  • Column 4. Turmeric, because it is not a seed, it’s a rhizome.
  • Column 5. Peter Green the other three guitarists all played  for the Yardbirds.
  • Column 6. Poppadoms are made from lentils the other three breads are made from wheat flour.

Please note there are other possibilities so it is possible to end up in lively discussion.

Student-Created Lists

Of course, the easiest way to get sets of options that are interesting to your students, is to have them create the lists themselves. You could set this as homework, or it could be a class work assignment for students to get together. They could then challenge other groups or class members by becoming the "teacher."

You know your students better than we do, so you'll be able to come up with guidelines for them to follow, but one recommended guideline is to say, "No sets can have students' names as options."

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