Find the Missing Letter to Complete the Word

In this worksheet, students will identify the missing letter(s) needed to either finish or begin a word.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Insert a Letter

Difficulty level:

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi, letter detective. Are we pleased to see you!

You’ve guessed it. We have another challenge we need your help to solve.  Are you ready?

Here are the first two letters of a word:

ba __

What could the last letter be?

We could use g to make bag, or a t to make bat.

Can you think of any other options?

Here are the last two letters of a word:

__ en

What could the first letter be?

We could use t to make ten, or h to make hen.

We can’t use proper nouns, such as names, as answers. So we couldn’t use for Ben, for example.

Can you think of any other options for this question?

Now let’s try one more:

Which of the following letters could complete the word below? (There may be more than one answer!)

par __

b          k          t          l

The correct answers are k and t.

The letter k would make park and t would make part.

Now it’s your turn to find the missing letters in the questions on the next pages. Enjoy the hunt!

Goo(_) luc(_)!

Which letter would complete the word below? Use the picture as a clue and type the letter in below:

Lov_

Which letter would complete the following word? Use the picture as a clue.

Wol_

Which letter is missing from the start of the word below? Use the image as a clue.

_ing

Which letter is missing from the start of the word below? Use the picture as a clue.

_ive

Which of the letters in the list could complete the word below? Tick ALL of the possible letters.

Sou_

p

m

r

l

Which of the letters in the list could complete the word below? Click on all of the possible options.

Woo_

t

d

a

l

Which of the letters in the list could begin the word below? Click all of the possible answers.

_ain

G

P

R

T

Which of the letters in the list could begin the word below? Click on all of the possible options.

_ood

R

M

H

S

Match the missing end letters to the start of each word to make real words.

Column B

Lan
d
Sel
h
Bod
y
Wis
f

Match the end letters of the words to the beginning of the words.

Column B

Nin
n
Rai
e
Duc
k
• Question 1

Which letter would complete the word below? Use the picture as a clue and type the letter in below:

Lov_

e
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the missing letter e? This makes the word love. I LOVE questions like this!
• Question 2

Which letter would complete the following word? Use the picture as a clue.

Wol_

f
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the missing letter f? This makes the word wolf. You need to watch out for wolves in sheep's clothing letter detective. This means keeping an eye out for things that are not what they seem!
• Question 3

Which letter is missing from the start of the word below? Use the image as a clue.

_ing

K
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the missing letter k? This makes the word king. Keep up the hard work, letter detective!
• Question 4

Which letter is missing from the start of the word below? Use the picture as a clue.

_ive

F
EDDIE SAYS
How many dots are on this dice? 5! The missing letter is f, which makes the word five.
• Question 5

Which of the letters in the list could complete the word below? Tick ALL of the possible letters.

Sou_

p
r
l
EDDIE SAYS
Wow, there were three possible missing letters here! Adding p makes the word soup. Adding r makes the word sour. Sour sweets make my tongue go funny! Adding l makes soul. Make sure you select ALL of the possible options.
• Question 6

Which of the letters in the list could complete the word below? Click on all of the possible options.

Woo_

d
l
EDDIE SAYS
There were two options to pick here. Did you spot either? Adding d makes the word wood. Adding l makes the word wool. Can you think of any other endings that weren't on the list?
• Question 7

Which of the letters in the list could begin the word below? Click all of the possible answers.

_ain

G
P
R
EDDIE SAYS
There were three possible letters here! How many did you spot? The letter g makes the word gain. The letter p makes the word pain. The letter r makes the word rain. Try each letter in the gap and see if it works.
• Question 8

Which of the letters in the list could begin the word below? Click on all of the possible options.

_ood

M
H
EDDIE SAYS
There were two possible letters here. You may have selected r, as it would make a word that sounds like 'rude', but this is spelt differently. The letter m makes the word mood. The letter h makes the word hood.
• Question 9

Match the missing end letters to the start of each word to make real words.

Column B

Lan
d
Sel
f
Bod
y
Wis
h
EDDIE SAYS
How many matches did you spot? lan + d = land sel + f = self bod + y = body wis + h = wish If it helps, you can write the words down to check if they are real.
• Question 10

Match the end letters of the words to the beginning of the words.

Column B

Nin
e
Rai
n
Duc
k
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot any matches? nin + e = nine rai + n = rain duc + k = duck Well done, letter detective, we really are making some good progress here!
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