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Find the Missing Word Using Complex Patterns

In this worksheet, students will add and remove prefixes and suffixes at the same time to find a missing word. It will develop their problem solving and sequencing skills.

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'Find the Missing Word Using Complex Patterns' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Scrambles

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Worksheet Overview

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 together 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.


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