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Find the Missing Word Using the Pattern

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing word in a sequence of scrambled words by adding a new ending. It will develop their problem solving and sequencing skills.

'Find the Missing Word Using the Pattern' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Scrambles

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Most of us have heard of scrambled eggs, but did you know words can be scrambled too?  


We need your best efforts to help us unscramble this lot.

Are you up for the challenge word detective?


Here are some pairs of words.

They each follow a special pattern and we need to find out what each pattern is!


You need to think about what the pattern is between the first two pairs, and then complete the third pair in the same way.



Let’s look at an example now.

What could be the special pattern between the word groups below?


eat, eating          look, looking       fish, ____


Did you notice that each word has had -ing added to the end of it?


This is our special pattern for this case!


This makes our missing word FISHING.


So our complete set of words is:

eat, eating          look, looking       fish, fishing


Young boy fishing




Let’s try another example now.


Look at the word pairs below.

Can you work out the special pattern to figure out which word goes in the gap?


kick, kicked          jump, jumped        bash, ____


Did you notice that the letters -ed are being added to the end of the first word each time?


This makes our missing word BASHED.


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

Remember to check if any letters have been added or removed from the word.


In this activity, you will need to be a word detective and work out the missing word in a pair.


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