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Fill in a Letter to Complete a Word Using Context

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing last letter in a word. They will use the context of the given sentence to help them. It will develop students’ comprehension, spelling and problem solving skills.

'Fill in a Letter to Complete a Word Using Context' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Partial Word

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi there, letter detective!

 

We have a letter thief among us!

Someone has been stealing letters and we’re going to try our hardest to work out which letters have been stolen.

 

Here is part of a word:

LEMO_

 

The last letter is missing!

What could it be?

 

Let’s put the word in a sentence to help us work out what it is.

A LEMO_ is a yellow fruit that is very sour.

 

Our thief stole the letter N!

So the full word is LEMON.

A LEMON is a yellow fruit that is very sour.

 

 

When a word has had one or more of its letters removed, it’s called a partial word.

 

 

Let’s try another.

 

Which letter has been stolen from the partial word in this sentence?

The CIRCU_ is full of clowns and animals.

 

The missing letter is S and the complete word is CIRCUS.

 

 

 

In this activity, you will be a letter detective and work out the stolen letter in each partial word.

 

Psst! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:  

Go through the letters of the alphabet, trying each in the gap and saying each new word out loud.

 

Good luck letter detective!

Look at this sentence:

 

There was a knock at the doo_.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

I put my coa_ on. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

The trai_ stopped at the station and the passengers got off.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

I took a phot_ with my camera. 

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

There is a swing and a slide in the par_.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

I put a slic_ of bread in the toaster. 

 

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

It might rai_ later. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

I will be on my school holidays nex_ week.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

The bee buzzed around the living roo_.

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

I like collecting shells at the beac_.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

There was a knock at the doo_.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
r
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word is 'door', which makes sense in the rest of the sentence as we knock on a door. In order to create the word 'door', a letter r needs to be added. Other words can be created by adding different letters (e.g. an m to create 'doom'), but these words would not make sense in this sentence. Top tip: Use the sentence to help you work out what the word (and therefore it's last letter) is most likely to be.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

I put my coa_ on. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
t
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word in this sentence is 'coat', as this makes sense as something which we 'put on'. The last letter of coat is t so this is our missing letter. An option such as 'coal' could be created but would not be correct, as it would not make sense in the sentence. Remember the word with a missing last letter could be anywhere in the sentence!
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

The trai_ stopped at the station and the passengers got off.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
n
EDDIE SAYS
What stops at a station and lets passengers off? That's right - a train! Choo choo! The missing letter which is needed to create the word 'train' is n. Another option like 'trail' could be created but would not be correct, as it does not make sense in the sentence. Great work so far word detective!
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

I took a phot_ with my camera. 

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
o
EDDIE SAYS
Did the image help you here? What do you take with a camera? A photo! The last letter of photo, which is missing, is o. Use the sentence to help you find the right word - it will provide the best clues to crack the case!
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

There is a swing and a slide in the par_.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
k
EDDIE SAYS
Where can you find a swing and a slide? In a park, of course! The last letter of park, which is missing, is k. Other words we could create with different letters, such as 'part', would not make sense in this sentence. Remember to read the sentence to yourself, as its meaning will help you to think of the correct word.
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

I put a slic_ of bread in the toaster. 

 

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
e
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? It was a little tricky, as this is a silent letter. What word makes sense with 'bread' and 'toaster'? The answer is slice. The last letter of 'slice', which is missing is e. The option 'slick' could be created by adding a letter k, but would not be correct as the word doesn't make sense in this sentence.
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

It might rai_ later. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
n
EDDIE SAYS
There are not as many clues to spot in this sentence - which word would make sense? The word 'rain' is the best option. The last letter of rain, which is missing, is n. The option 'rail' could be created by adding a letter l, but would not be correct as the word does not make sense in this sentence.
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

I will be on my school holidays nex_ week.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
t
EDDIE SAYS
What is an adjective that we commonly use with times like 'week' or year? This adjective of time is 'next'. The last letter of 'next', which is missing, is t. No other letter would make a word in this example. Are you looking forward to your NEXT school holidays?
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

The bee buzzed around the living roo_.

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
m
EDDIE SAYS
We are looking for a location which the 'bee buzzed around', that also makes sense with the word 'living'? The word 'room' makes the most sense. The last letter of room, which is missing, is m. A bee can buzz around a 'roof' too, but 'living roof' does not make sense so would not be incorrect.
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

I like collecting shells at the beac_.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had its last letter taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
h
EDDIE SAYS
Where do you collect shells? At the beach, of course! The last letter of beach is h. No other letter could be added to 'beac_' to make a word. Well done for completing this activity, word detective! You can now find a missing letter at the end of a word which can be placed anywhere in a sentence, using the context of the sentence to help you.
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