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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!

Here we go again, word detective!

 

Here are some groups of words:

 

[Comfort, Uncomfortable], [Predict, _____________ ]

 

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:

 

[Presenting, Sent], [Pretending, ____ ]

   

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:

 

[Previews, View], [Prearranges, _______ ]

 

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:

 

[Clear, Unclearly], [Deserved, ____________ ]

 

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. 

You're halfway through already, word detective!

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Stand, Understands], [Estimate, ______________ ]

 

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:

 

[Replanted, Plant], [Researched, ______ ]

 

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:

 

[Boat, Lifeboats], [Line, _________ ]

 

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:

 

[Act, Reacted], [Appear, __________ ]

 

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:

 

[Consider, Reconsiders], [Write, ________ ]

 

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 are groups of words:

 

[Upstanding, Stand], [Upbringing, _____ ]

 

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

Here we go again, word detective!

 

Here are some groups of words:

 

[Comfort, Uncomfortable], [Predict, _____________ ]

 

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
Unpredictable
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each pair has had the prefix 'un' and the suffix 'able' added to make the word longer. In some questions, the word gets shorter and in others, it gets longer!
  • Question 2

Here are some more groups of words:

 

[Presenting, Sent], [Pretending, ____ ]

   

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
Tend
EDDIE SAYS
Superb effort! The second word in each group has had the prefix 'pre' and the suffix 'ing' removed to make it shorter.
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[Previews, View], [Prearranges, _______ ]

 

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
Arrange
EDDIE SAYS
Star effort! The second word in each group has had the prefix 'pre' and the letter 's' removed to make a shorter word. How are you doing with these?
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[Clear, Unclearly], [Deserved, ____________ ]

 

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
Undeservedly
EDDIE SAYS
A long word this time! The second word in each pair has had the prefix 'un' and the suffix 'ly' added to it. They're getting a bit trickier, aren't they? If you find them a bit challenging, try writing down each letter one at a time and see how it has changed to become the second word.
  • Question 5

You're halfway through already, word detective!

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Stand, Understands], [Estimate, ______________ ]

 

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
Underestimates
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the word 'under' and the letter 's' added to make the word longer. Remember to make a note of any words that are new to you and look them up in a dictionary to find out what they mean.
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[Replanted, Plant], [Researched, ______ ]

 

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
Search
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? The second word in each group has had the prefix 're' and the suffix 'ed' removed to make the word shorter.
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

[Boat, Lifeboats], [Line, _________ ]

 

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
Lifelines
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The second word in each group has had 'life' and the letter 's' added to make a longer word. Nearly at the end now!
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

[Act, Reacted], [Appear, __________ ]

 

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
Reappeared
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this one? The second word in each group has had the prefix 're' and the suffix 'ed' added to make a longer word.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Consider, Reconsiders], [Write, ________ ]

 

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
Rewrites
EDDIE SAYS
You're getting there! The prefix 're' and the letter 's' have been added to the second word in each group to make a longer word. Can you spot that the prefix 're' means again in these two words - to reconsider means to think again, and to rewrite something means to write it once more.
  • Question 10

Here are groups of words:

 

[Upstanding, Stand], [Upbringing, _____ ]

 

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
Bring
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'up' and the suffix 'ing' have been taken off the second word in each group to make it shorter. Well done, you've completed this activity and your word scramble skills are improving!
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