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Find the Missing Word Using Complex Patterns

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.

'Find the Missing Word Using Complex Patterns' 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!

Are you ready for another challenge, word detective?

 

Here are groups of words:

 

[Unrolled, Roll], [Unhooked, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Mistakes, Take], [Misplaces, _____ ]

   

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:

 

[Appear, Disappears], [Like, ________ ]

 

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:

 

[Mind, Reminded], [Turn, ________ ]

 

girl thinking

 

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. 

Halfway there already, word detective!

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Unbreakable, Break], [Unsuitable, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Lay, Delaying], [Part, _________ ]

 

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:

 

[Misplaces, Place], [Mislays, ___ ]

 

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:

 

[Print, Imprinted], [Pose, _______ ]

 

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:

 

[Becomes, Come], [Belittles, ______ ]

 

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.

Final question!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Plant, Replanted], [Treat, _________ ]

 

baby tree

 

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

Are you ready for another challenge, word detective?

 

Here are groups of words:

 

[Unrolled, Roll], [Unhooked, ____ ]

 

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
Hook
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each pair has had the prefix 'un' and the suffix 'ed' removed. So letters from both the beginning and end of the word have been removed! Did you get this one?
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

[Mistakes, Take], [Misplaces, _____ ]

   

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
Place
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the prefix 'mis' and the letter 's' removed, making the second word quite a lot shorter than the first one! It is harder to spot when things happen at both ends of the word but you can always write down each letter change as you find it to help you get it sorted.
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[Appear, Disappears], [Like, ________ ]

 

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
Dislikes
EDDIE SAYS
The word has got longer this time! The second word in each group has had the prefix 'dis' and the letter 's' added to it. When added to a word, the prefix 'dis' has a negative effect and reverses the meaning of the root word - so the word dislikes is the opposite of the word likes.
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[Mind, Reminded], [Turn, ________ ]

 

girl thinking

 

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
Returned
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The second word in each pair has had the prefix 're' and the suffix 'ed' added to make it a longer word. The prefix 're' means again or back, so the word returned means turned again or turned back.
  • Question 5

Halfway there already, word detective!

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Unbreakable, Break], [Unsuitable, ____ ]

 

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
Suit
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the prefix 'un' and the suffix 'able' taken away to make the word quite a bit shorter.
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[Lay, Delaying], [Part, _________ ]

 

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
Departing
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the prefix 'de' and the suffix 'ing' added to make the word longer. Remember, you can keep a word bank of any new words you learn in this activity and look up their meaning in a dictionary!
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

[Misplaces, Place], [Mislays, ___ ]

 

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
Lay
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? The second word in each group has had the prefix 'mis' and the letter 's' removed to make a shorter word. The prefix 'mis' suggests that something has been done in error - in other words, by MIStake! So, if you misplace something, you have put it in a strange place so that you can't find it!
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

[Print, Imprinted], [Pose, _______ ]

 

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
Imposed
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this one? The second word in each group has had the prefix 'im' and the suffix ''ed' added to make a longer word. Remember to look up any words that are new to you!
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Becomes, Come], [Belittles, ______ ]

 

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
Little
EDDIE SAYS
Got the hang of these? The prefix 'be' and the letter 's' have been removed from the second word in each group. Nearly finished now!
  • Question 10

Final question!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Plant, Replanted], [Treat, _________ ]

 

baby tree

 

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
Retreated
EDDIE SAYS
The prefix 're' and the suffix 'ed' have been added to the second word in each group. Remember that the prefix 're' means again, so if you replant something then you plant it again. Three cheers, you've now completed this activity. Great work, word detective!
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