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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.

'Find the Missing Letter to Complete the Word' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Insert a Letter

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

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 b 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 is missing from the following word? Use the picture as a clue.

 

Appl_             Apple

Which letter is missing from the following word? Use the picture as a clue.

 

Pizz_ 

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

 

_iver       

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

 

_oney

Which of the letters in the list could complete the following word? Click all of the possible answers, as there is more than one.

 

Stor_

 

e

p

y

t

Which of the letters in the list could complete the following word? Click on all of the possible answers.

 

Ange_

 

a

r

t

l

Which of the letters in the list could begin the following word? Click all of the correct options.

 

_elly

J

B

W

T

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

 

Column A

Column B

Lam
b
Mas
h
Bat
t
Woo
l

Match the missing starting letters to the end of each word.

 

Column A

Column B

P
ash
W
ost
E
can
S
cho

Which one letter can be added to the front of all of these words to make new words? Type your answer in below.

 

_ree

_each

_oast

_orch

  • Question 1

Which letter is missing from the following word? Use the picture as a clue.

 

Appl_             Apple

CORRECT ANSWER
e
EDDIE SAYS
Have you heard the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away? The missing letter is e. This makes the word apple. You can write the word down to try out different letters.
  • Question 2

Which letter is missing from the following word? Use the picture as a clue.

 

Pizz_ 

CORRECT ANSWER
a
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter was a. Did you spot it? This makes the word pizza. I love pepperoni on my pizza.
  • Question 3

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

 

_iver       

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
What a lovely, peaceful picture. I'd like to be there! The missing letter was r. This makes the word river. If you are stuck, work your way through the alphabet until you find a letter that works.
  • Question 4

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

 

_oney

CORRECT ANSWER
M
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the missing letter m? This makes the word money. Have you heard the phrase, 'throwing your money around' this man is quite literally doing that! Keep up the good work, letter detective.
  • Question 5

Which of the letters in the list could complete the following word? Click all of the possible answers, as there is more than one.

 

Stor_

 

CORRECT ANSWER
e
y
EDDIE SAYS
There were two possible endings for the word here. Did you find either of them? The letter e at the end makes store. The letter y at the end makes story. Make sure you check all of the options, as there could be more than one.
  • Question 6

Which of the letters in the list could complete the following word? Click on all of the possible answers.

 

Ange_

 

CORRECT ANSWER
r
l
EDDIE SAYS
There were two possible endings here. The letter r at the end makes anger. The letter l at the end makes angel. Two very different words, but only one letter different!
  • Question 7

Which of the letters in the list could begin the following word? Click all of the correct options.

 

_elly

CORRECT ANSWER
J
B
W
T
EDDIE SAYS
Don't worry if you were caught out here: ALL FOUR letters can make words ending in _elly. The letter j at the start makes jelly. The letter b at the start makes belly. Too much jelly gives you a big belly! The letter w at the start gives you welly. That's another word for a Wellington boot. The letter t at the start gives you telly. That's another word for a television.
  • Question 8

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Lam
b
Mas
t
Bat
h
Woo
l
EDDIE SAYS
How many matches did you make? lam + b = lamb mas + t= mast. A mast is the big pole on a boat. It carries the sail. bat + h = bath woo + l = wool Keep rescuing those missing letters!
  • Question 9

Match the missing starting letters to the end of each word.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

P
ost
W
ash
E
cho
S
can
EDDIE SAYS
How many matches did you find? p+ost = post w + ash = wash e + cho = echo. This was tricky to spot, as it sounds completely different once the e has been added. s + can = scan
  • Question 10

Which one letter can be added to the front of all of these words to make new words? Type your answer in below.

 

_ree

_each

_oast

_orch

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter was t. You may have found other letters to work for some of the words, but we needed to find the same letter for ALL of them. The letter t makes the words tree, teach, toast and torch.
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