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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 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 would be:

eat, eating          look, looking          fish, fishing

 

Young boy fishing

 

 

 

Let's investigate 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 another delicious activity, word detective!

 

Here are some groups of words to investigate:

 

[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 two new 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 some new word suspects:

 

[form, uniform]

[cycle, ____ ]

 

Red bike with basket

 

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 two new 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 your next two 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 is a new dastardly duo:

 

[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 some new challenge 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 your penultimate 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 now word detective!

 

This is your final 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 activity, word detective!

 

Here are some groups of words to investigate:

 

[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
How did you get on with this one? The second word in each pair has had the letter series -ing removed from the end of each word. In cases like this, 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 and record them in your own personal word log.
  • 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 letter series sub- added at the beginning of it. The prefix 'sub' means under, so the word 'submarine' literally means 'under the sea'! Remember that when you find the missing word, it must be a real word so, if a word looks unfamiliar, try to define its meaning or use it in a sentence to check this. What do you think the word 'subway' means? Can you think of any other words which use this prefix?
  • Question 3

Here are two new 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
Our 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. This has changed the word from an adverb to a noun. You're doing well so far word detective; keep up the great work!
  • Question 4

Here are some new word suspects:

 

[form, uniform]

[cycle, ____ ]

 

Red bike with basket

 

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 work! 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 the word uniform, but it can also mean that everyone wearing it will be dressed alike (or as one). A unicycle is a cycle with only one wheel - very hard to ride we imagine!
  • Question 5

Here are two new 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. The tricky thing here is that the word 'our' is pronounced differently to the sound of the same three letters in the word 'armour'. Did that catch you out detective? Great stuff; you're halfway through already!
  • Question 6

Here are your next two 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 this one 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 which sounds the same but is spelt '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! If this is a new word for you, add it to your personal log now.
  • Question 7

Here is a new dastardly duo:

 

[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 correct answer here?! The second word in each group has had the letter series re- removed from the beginning of it. The prefix 're' means to do something again. Can you think of any other words which can use this prefix? You're nearly there now with these tricky mysteries, word detective!
  • Question 8

Here are some new challenge 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 remember to look them up in a dictionary and make a note of them in your personal log.
  • Question 9

Here are your penultimate 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. Only one more mission remains now!
  • Question 10

Here's your last challenge now word detective!

 

This is your final 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. There have been some difficult words in this activity - remember to look up any that are new to you and make a note of them for future reference. You can now add and remove prefixes or suffixes to find a missing word. Hooray, you've now finished this activity!
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