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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 another delicious worksheet, word detective!

 

Here are some groups of words:

 

[Bellowing, Bellow], [Clambering, _______ ]

 

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 some more groups of words:

 

[Marine, Submarine], [Merge, ________ ]

 

submarine

   

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:

 

[Certainly, Certain], [Lonely, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

Here are groups of words:

 

[Form, Uniform], [Cycle, ________ ]

 

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:

 

[Rest, Armrest], [Our, ______ ]

 

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:

 

[Ash, Flash], [Air, _____ ]

 

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:

 

[Rewind, Wind], [Relocate, ______ ]

 

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:

 

[Dependent, Independent], [Tend, ______ ]

 

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:

 

[Numb, Number], [Pitch, _______ ]

 

number four

 

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's your last challenge for now!

 

Here are groups of words:

 

[Pigment, Pig], [Attainment, ______ ]

 

piglet

 

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 another delicious worksheet, word detective!

 

Here are some groups of words:

 

[Bellowing, Bellow], [Clambering, _______ ]

 

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
Clamber
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? The second word in each pair has had the letter series 'ing' removed from the end of each word. Sometimes the words can be made longer but here they have been shortened. Remember to be on the lookout for words that are new to you so that you can find out what they mean.
  • Question 2

Here are some more groups of words:

 

[Marine, Submarine], [Merge, ________ ]

 

submarine

   

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
Submerge
EDDIE SAYS
The last word in each group has had the word series 'sub' added at the beginning of it. The prefix 'sub' means under and so the word submarine literally means 'under the sea'. What do you think the word 'subway' means? Can you think of any other words with this prefix?
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[Certainly, Certain], [Lonely, ____ ]

 

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
Lone
EDDIE SAYS
The word has got shorter this time! The second word in each group has had the letter series 'ly' removed from the end of the word. You're doing well, word detective!
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[Form, Uniform], [Cycle, ________ ]

 

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
Unicycle
EDDIE SAYS
Super! The second word in each pair has had the letter series 'uni' added to the beginning of it. The prefix 'uni' can often mean 'one' In the case of uniform, it means that everyone wearing it will be dressed alike (as one). A unicycle is a cycle with only one wheel - very hard to ride I should imagine!
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Rest, Armrest], [Our, ______ ]

 

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
Armour
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the word 'arm' added to the beginning of it. Great stuff, you're halfway through!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[Ash, Flash], [Air, _____ ]

 

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
Flair
EDDIE SAYS
How did it go? The second word in each group has had the letter series 'fl' added to the beginning of it. Do you know what the word 'flair' means? You may have heard of another word that sounds the same but is spelled 'flare' - this is a sudden burst of flame; but the word 'flair' means something different - if you have a flair for something, it means that you have a talent for it - such as for solving word puzzles!
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

[Rewind, Wind], [Relocate, ______ ]

 

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
Locate
EDDIE SAYS
Did you locate the answer?! The second word in each group has had the letter series 're' removed from the beginning of it. Nearly there, word detective!
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

[Dependent, Independent], [Tend, ______ ]

 

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
Intend
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the letter series 'in' added to the beginning of it. Interesting! If some of these words are new to you, then write them down and remember to look them up in a dictionary.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Numb, Number], [Pitch, _______ ]

 

number four

 

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
Pitcher
EDDIE SAYS
The letter series 'er' has been added to the end of the second word in each group. Bet you've not used the word 'pitcher' before! It's an old-fashioned word for a jug to carry water in. One more question to go!
  • Question 10

Here's your last challenge for now!

 

Here are groups of words:

 

[Pigment, Pig], [Attainment, ______ ]

 

piglet

 

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
Attain
EDDIE SAYS
The letter series 'ment' has been removed from the end of the second word in each group. Some difficult words here - remember to look up any that are new to you and make a note of them for future reference. Hooray, you've now finished this activity!
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