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Apply the letter pattern to create 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.

'Apply the letter pattern to create a new word.' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Merge

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

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]

 

a girl eating sweetcorn


 

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.

  a boy going to school


 

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!


 

Ready for another one, word creator?

Here are pairs of words:

 

broadly (road), smiles (___)

 

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:

 

shadow (had), grandad (___)

   

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:

 

twins (win), nicely (___)

 

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:

 

crumpets (pet], complete (___)

 

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 through the last worksheet - terrific!

Here are pairs of words:

 

aircrafts (raft) moderately (___)

 

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:

 

spindly (pin), powerful (___)

 

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:

 

coriander (and),  feathers (___)

 

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:

 

mangoes (go), potatoes (___)

 

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

 

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

So nearly finished, word creator!

Here are pairs of words:

 

tomatoes (mat), quantity (__)

 

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

 

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

Welcome to the last question on this worksheet!!

Here are yet more pairs of words:

 

tendency (den), renowned (___)

 

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

Ready for another one, word creator?

Here are pairs of words:

 

broadly (road), smiles (___)

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Mile
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this first one? Did you get the pattern? The second, third, fourth and fifth letters of 'broadly' have been used to make 'road', so we need to apply the same rule to the word 'smiles' to make 'mile'.
  • Question 2

Here are pairs of words:

 

shadow (had), grandad (___)

   

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Ran
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, you're finding it easier to work out the pattern now that you've had lots of practice. In this case, the second, third and fourth letters of each word are used to make new words: 'had' from 'shadow' and 'ran' from 'grandad'.
  • Question 3

Here are pairs of words:

 

twins (win), nicely (___)

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Ice
EDDIE SAYS
Let's check out that pattern again! This time, it is the second, third and fourth letters of each word that have been used to make new words, giving us 'win' from 'twins' and 'ice' from 'nicely'. I hope that is the last time today that we will have to use that boring word 'nice'!!
  • Question 4

Here are pairs of words:

 

crumpets (pet], complete (___)

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Let
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one or did you get distracted by the thought of delicious crumpets all covered in melted butter and jam? Clearly, it was just me then! So, the pattern was that the fifth, sixth and seventh letters of each word have been used to make new words: 'pet' from 'crumpets' and 'let' from 'complete'.
  • Question 5

Halfway through the last worksheet - terrific!

Here are pairs of words:

 

aircrafts (raft) moderately (___)

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Rate
EDDIE SAYS
A long pattern this time but don't panic! The fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth letters of each word have been used to make new words: 'raft' from 'aircraft' and 'rate' from 'moderately'.
  • Question 6

Here are pairs of words:

 

spindly (pin), powerful (___)

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Owe
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? The second, third and fourth letters of each word have been used to make new words: 'pin' from 'spindly' and 'owe' from 'powerful'. Do you know what the word 'spindly' means? It simply means that something is long or tall and thin - a spider's legs are spindly (and can move very fast, in a scary scuttling movement - eek!)
  • Question 7

Here are pairs of words:

 

coriander (and),  feathers (___)

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Her
EDDIE SAYS
Some long words to look at here but just find the pattern. The fifth, sixth and seventh letters of 'coriander' have been used to make 'and', so just apply the same rule to 'feathers' and we have 'her'. Easy really isn't it?
  • Question 8

Here are pairs of words:

 

mangoes (go), potatoes (___)

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
At
EDDIE SAYS
More food to make me hungry! Concentrate hard on those letters though, and we have a pattern! The fourth and fifth letters of each word have been used to make new words: 'go' from 'mangoes' and 'at' from 'potatoes'.
  • Question 9

So nearly finished, word creator!

Here are pairs of words:

 

tomatoes (mat), quantity (__)

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Ant
EDDIE SAYS
How about this one? The third, fourth and fifth letters of each word have been used to make new words. This has given us 'mat' from 'tomatoes' and 'ant' from 'quantity'. Brilliant detecting!
  • Question 10

Welcome to the last question on this worksheet!!

Here are yet more pairs of words:

 

tendency (den), renowned (___)

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Own
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this final one? The fourth, fifth and sixth letters have been used to make new words, giving us 'den' from 'tendency' and 'own' from 'renowned'. Are you pleased with all your hard work on these, word wizard? I think it's a great achievement to have completed these worksheets!
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