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Fill in the Missing Word Using the Pattern

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

'Fill in 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?

 

Below 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.

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 would be:

eat, eating          look, looking       fish, fishing

 

Young boy fishing

 

 

 

Let’s try another example now.

 

Look at these word pairs.

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.

 

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!

Welcome to this new challenge, word detective!

 

Here are two groups of words:

 

[cross, across]

[board, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

Here are two new groups of words:

 

[pleasant, unpleasant]

[tidy, ____ ]

   

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 new word suspects to investigate:

 

[considerable, consider]

[washable, ____ ]

 

 

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

 

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

How are you getting on, word scrambler?

 

Here is a duo of new word pairs:

 

[disappoint, appoint]

[disappear, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

Think about these word pairs now:

 

[together, altogether]

[though, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

Here are groups of words:

 

[tricycle, cycle]

[triangle, ____ ]

 

triangle

 

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

 

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

Here are your next suspects, word detective: 

 

[grate, grateful]

[wish, ____ ]

 

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 some new book-related groups of words:

 

[bookcase, case]

[bookshelf, ____ ]

 

books

 

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

 

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

Here are groups of words:

 

[whole, wholemeal]

[piece, ____ ]

 

 

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.

Welcome to your final mystery detective!

 

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[disbelieve, believe]

[disapprove, ____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

  • Question 1

Welcome to this new challenge, word detective!

 

Here are two groups of words:

 

[cross, across]

[board, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Aboard
EDDIE SAYS
All aboard! The second word in each pair has had the letter a added at the beginning. Did you spot that tricky letter a sneaking in there, word detective?
  • Question 2

Here are two new groups of words:

 

[pleasant, unpleasant]

[tidy, ____ ]

   

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
Untidy
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on here? The last word in each group has had the letter series un- added at the beginning. This means that the word now has the opposite meaning. If you were described as tidy sometimes, and untidy others, can you see how these two terms have an exactly opposite meaning? Which one are you then - tidy or untidy?!
  • Question 3

Here are some new word suspects to investigate:

 

[considerable, consider]

[washable, ____ ]

 

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Wash
EDDIE SAYS
The word has got shorter this time! The second word in each group has had the letter series -able removed from the end of the word. Did you spot that we were removing, rather than adding, letters in this case detective?
  • Question 4

How are you getting on, word scrambler?

 

Here is a duo of new word pairs:

 

[disappoint, appoint]

[disappear, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Appear
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each pair has had the letter series dis- removed from the beginning of it. In the same way as Q2, this has changed the meaning of these words to mean exactly the opposite. If something 'disappears' then this means it has vanished, whilst if it 'appears' it has turned up again!
  • Question 5

Think about these word pairs now:

 

[together, altogether]

[though, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Although
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the letter series al- added to the beginning of it. Well done, you're halfway through already; keep going!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[tricycle, cycle]

[triangle, ____ ]

 

triangle

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Angle
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the letter series tri- removed from the beginning of it. Did you know that the 'tri' beginning means three? So a triangle has three angles and a tricycle has three wheels. Can you think of any other words which begin with 'tri'?
  • Question 7

Here are your next suspects, word detective: 

 

[grate, grateful]

[wish, ____ ]

 

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
Wishful
EDDIE SAYS
Make a wish! The second word in each group has had the letter series -ful added to the end of it. The suffix -ful can mean characterised by or full of. Can you think of any other words could we add the -ful ending to? Are you getting the hang of these now, word detective?
  • Question 8

Here are some new book-related groups of words:

 

[bookcase, case]

[bookshelf, ____ ]

 

books

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Shelf
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the word book removed from the start of it, so we have lost our book in this case! Make sure you spell your answers correctly, or you may be marked wrong. If you are at all unsure, carefully copy it from the question so that you can avoid any errors.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[whole, wholemeal]

[piece, ____ ]

 

 

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
Piecemeal
EDDIE SAYS
The word -meal has been added to the end of the second word in each group. Have you heard of the word 'piecemeal' before? It means to add something gradually over a period of time. Add this to your personal word log now if you are not familiar with this word, or any others you have encountered in this activity. Only one more mission remains detective!
  • Question 10

Welcome to your final mystery detective!

 

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[disbelieve, believe]

[disapprove, ____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Approve
EDDIE SAYS
The letter series dis- has been removed from the start of the second word in each group. So again, we have converted the original word to an opposite meaning. Well done for completing this activity, word scrambler! You can now add and remove prefixes or suffixes to find a missing word.
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