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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

QUESTION 1 of 10

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 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 these words!

 

This makes our missing word FISHING.

 

 

So the 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 comes next?

 

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.

 

A cartoon broken window

 

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.

 

Let’s get started!

Here's an exciting activity for you to get your teeth into, word detective!

 

Here are some groups of words:

 

[remark, remarkable]

[respect, respectable]

[transfer, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first and second pairs, find the missing word.

Here's your next case to crack, word detective! 

 

Here are some more groups of words:

 

[tired, tiredest]

[full, fullest]

[tough, ____ ]

   

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first and second pairs, find the missing word.

Here are some more groups of words:

 

[quarrel, quarrelsome]

[trouble, troublesome]

[tire, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two groups, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

[passage, passages]

[difference, differences]

[collection, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

Here are pairs of words:

 

[on, once]

[pen, pence]

[flee, ____ ]

 

Retractable red pen

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

Here are groups of words:

 

[vanish, vanished]

[yell, yelled]

[shorten, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

Here are some new suspects:

 

[puppet, puppetry]

[chemist, chemistry]

[wizard, ____ ]

 

Cartoon scientist holding test tube

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.  

Here are groups of words:

 

[polite, politeness]

[quiet, quietness]

[pleasant, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

[slipper, slippery]

[hand, handy]

[wear, ____ ]

 

Right hand, palm up

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two groups, find the missing word.

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[art, artery]

[station, stationery]

[confection, ____ ]

 

paint

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

  • Question 1

Here's an exciting activity for you to get your teeth into, word detective!

 

Here are some groups of words:

 

[remark, remarkable]

[respect, respectable]

[transfer, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first and second pairs, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Transferable
EDDIE SAYS
Were you ABLE to solve this first challenge?! The second word in each pair has had the letters -able added at the end. Let's take a look at the next challenge now, word detective!
  • Question 2

Here's your next case to crack, word detective! 

 

Here are some more groups of words:

 

[tired, tiredest]

[full, fullest]

[tough, ____ ]

   

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first and second pairs, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Toughest
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this case, super sleuth? The last word in each group has had the letters -est added at the end. Were you the fastEST and the bEST word scrambler ever here?
  • Question 3

Here are some more groups of words:

 

[quarrel, quarrelsome]

[trouble, troublesome]

[tire, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two groups, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Tiresome
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the letters -some added to the end. Keep up the aweSOME work with these word endings!
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[passage, passages]

[difference, differences]

[collection, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Collections
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each pair of words has had the letter -s added to the end of it. Did you know that each word in the group has become a plural of the first word?
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

[on, once]

[pen, pence]

[flee, ____ ]

 

Retractable red pen

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Fleece
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the letters -ce added to the end of it. Have you come across the word fleece before? It means the woolly coat of a sheep or a goat. If you're not sure about the meaning of any words in these activities, you can always look them up in a dictionary and maybe keep a note of them so you can start to create your own personal word bank. The best detectives are not afraid to used tools to help them crack the case!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[vanish, vanished]

[yell, yelled]

[shorten, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Shortened
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? The second word in each group of words has had the letters -ed added to the end of it. This means that we have converted the verb in the present tense into the past tense instead. Ready for another mission now, detective?
  • Question 7

Here are some new suspects:

 

[puppet, puppetry]

[chemist, chemistry]

[wizard, ____ ]

 

Cartoon scientist holding test tube

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.  

CORRECT ANSWER
Wizardry
EDDIE SAYS
Hocus pocus! The second word in each group has had the letters -ry added to the end of it. You may well have come across this word before, especially if you enjoy reading books about magic - can you name the most famous school of witchcraft and wizardry?
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

[polite, politeness]

[quiet, quietness]

[pleasant, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Pleasantness
EDDIE SAYS
A looooong word this time! The letters -ness have been added to the second word in each group. In this case, we are changing an adjective into a noun - did you spy that?
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[slipper, slippery]

[hand, handy]

[wear, ____ ]

 

Right hand, palm up

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two groups, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Weary
EDDIE SAYS
The letter -y has been added to the end of the second word in each group. This one was a bit tricky, since the words wear and weary sound completely different to each other - did it catch you out? Sometimes adding an ending only slightly changes the sense or possible use of a word, whereas in other cases (like this one), it creates a completely new word with no relationship to the original. Only one more mission remains detective!
  • Question 10

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[art, artery]

[station, stationery]

[confection, ____ ]

 

paint

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs of words, find the missing word. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Confectionery
EDDIE SAYS
The letters -ery have been added to the end of the second word in each group. Are there any words in this activity that you are not sure of their meaning? Remember to look them up in a dictionary and make a note of them in your personal log to help you remember them. Whoopee, you've now completed this activity! You can now identify endings being added to pair of words, and apply this pattern to find a missing word.
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