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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. 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?

 

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:

 

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.

 

fishing

 

So the complete set of words would be:

eat, eating          look, looking       fish, fishing

 

Let’s try another:

 

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.

 

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 first worksheet, word detective!

Here are 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 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 groups of words:

 

[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 are groups of words:

 

[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. 

Here are pairs of words:

 

[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 groups of words:

 

[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 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 the final question!

 

Here are 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 first worksheet, word detective!

Here are 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.
  • Question 2

Here are 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? The last word in each group has had the letter series 'un' added at the beginning.
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[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.
  • Question 4

How are you getting on, word scrambler?

Here are groups of words:

 

[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. Did you get this one?
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

[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, 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
How did you find this one? The second word in each group has had the letter series 'tri' removed from the beginning of it. Did you know that 'tri' means three - a triangle has three angles and a tricycle has three wheels. How many more words can you think of that start with 'tri'?
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

[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. Are you getting the hang of these, word detective?
  • Question 8

Here are 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
Did you get this one? The second word in each group has had the word 'book' removed from the start of it.
  • 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. One more question left!
  • Question 10

Welcome to the final question!

 

Here are 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. Well done for completing this activity, word scrambler!
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