Apply the letter pattern to find a new word.

In this worksheet, students will find the missing word in a group of words. It will develop their ability to follow patterns and think systematically.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Merge

Difficulty level:

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi word creator!

In this activity, we are going to be using letters from one word to make a new word.

Look at the word pairs below. The second word is missing in one of the pairs.

fold (old)      late ( ____ )

The second word in the second pair is created using the same pattern as the first pair.

So you need to consider how the word fold becomes the word old. We have used the last three letters of the word fold to create the word old.

Now we have worked out the pattern. We must use the last three letters of the word late to make our mystery word. Our mystery word is ate.

fold [old]      late [ate]

Let’s try another:

Can you work out the pattern here?

lose (sole)        lame ( ____ )

How has the word lose become the word sole? The third and first letters have swapped around!

We need to apply the same pattern for the word lame. This gives us the missing word male.

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

Always check which letters from the first word have been used to make the second word.

In this activity, you will need to be a word wizard and find the missing word in a pair. Let’s get started!

Welcome to another worksheet, word creator.

Here are pairs of words:

poster (post), slippery (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are pairs of words:

spoil (oil) stop (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are pairs of words:

afterwards (after), eighteen (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are pairs of words:

camera (came), shining (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Halfway there, word wizard!

Here are pairs of words:

popping (pop), whose (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are pairs of words:

normally (normal), summertime (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are pairs of words:

yoghurt (hurt), rucksack (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are pairs of words:

juicy (icy), trumpet (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Nearly finished!

Here are pairs of words:

almost (most), treasure(___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are pairs of words:

teamwork (tea), cube (__)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

• Question 1

Welcome to another worksheet, word creator.

Here are pairs of words:

poster (post), slippery (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Slip
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the pattern in this one? The four letters at the start of 'poster' were used to make the word 'post'. If we apply the same pattern to 'slippery', we get the word 'slip'.
• Question 2

Here are pairs of words:

spoil (oil) stop (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Top
EDDIE SAYS
Again, find the pattern for the first pair of words and apply it to the second pair. In this case, the last three letters of each word have been used to make a new word: 'oil' from 'spoil' and 'top' from 'stop'.
• Question 3

Here are pairs of words:

afterwards (after), eighteen (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Eight
EDDIE SAYS
This time the pattern uses FIVE letters! The first five letters of each word are used to make a new word: 'after' from 'afterwards' and 'eight' from 'eighteen'. How are you getting on with these, word wizard?
• Question 4

Here are pairs of words:

camera (came), shining (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Shin
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this one? The pattern isn't too hard to find if you just count those letters. The first four letters of the word 'camera' have been used to make 'came', so all we need to do is use the first four letters of 'shining' and we get the word 'shin.'
• Question 5

Halfway there, word wizard!

Here are pairs of words:

popping (pop), whose (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Who
EDDIE SAYS
This one was a bit easier. The first three letters of each word have been used to make a new word: 'pop' from 'popping' and 'who' from 'whose'.
• Question 6

Here are pairs of words:

normally (normal), summertime (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Summer
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get the pattern in these long words? The first SIX letters of the word 'normally' have been used to make 'normal', so the first six letters of 'summertime' will give us 'summer'. Great work!
• Question 7

Here are pairs of words:

yoghurt (hurt), rucksack (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Sack
EDDIE SAYS
In this one, the last four letters of 'yoghurt' have been used to make a new word - 'hurt'. If we apply the same rule to the word 'rucksack', we get the word 'sack'.
• Question 8

Here are pairs of words:

juicy (icy), trumpet (___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Pet
EDDIE SAYS
This one looks a bit trickier because the letters 'icy' in 'juicy' sound completely different to the actual word 'icy'. Don't let this put you off though. If we follow the same pattern, we see that we need to take the last three letters of the word 'trumpet' to make the word 'pet'.
• Question 9

Nearly finished!

Here are pairs of words:

almost (most), treasure(___)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Sure
EDDIE SAYS
This time, you have to take the last FOUR letters of each word to create a new word: 'almost' give us 'most' and 'treasure' gives us 'sure'. Quickly, on to the final question!
• Question 10

Here are pairs of words:

teamwork (tea), cube (__)

The second word is missing in one of the pairs of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Cub
EDDIE SAYS
Final one, word creator! Did you see the pattern here? You need to take the first three letters of the word 'teamwork' to give you 'tea' (yummy!) If we take the first three letters of 'cube', we are left with 'cub'. Another worksheet completed word wizard - brilliant work!
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