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Add a Letter to Make a Word Using Context

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing first 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.

'Add a Letter to Make 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 our complete 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 example now.

 

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 on the gap and saying each new word you create out loud.

 

Good luck letter detective!

Look at this sentence:

 

The children sat on the _arpet. 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

Hassan bought a box of _ggs from the shop. 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

There were many tall trees in the _orest. 

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

The queen wore a _rown on her head. 

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

The _ase was filled with flowers. 

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

The lion _oared very loudly.

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

The football match lasted ninety _inutes. 

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

We will be _oing on a school trip next week. 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Look at this sentence:

 

What is your favourite _lavour of ice cream? 

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

Your final challenge is here already!

 

Look at this final sentence:

 

I will wear my boots, because there are a lot of _uddy puddles at the park. 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

The children sat on the _arpet. 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
c
EDDIE SAYS
What could children sit on, that starts _arpet? The missing letter is c and the word is carpet. Top tip: If you get stuck, you can go through each of the letters of the alphabet, to see which letter fits to make a word. Then check that the word you have created works in the sentence.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

Hassan bought a box of _ggs from the shop. 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
e
EDDIE SAYS
What can be bought in a box from a shop, which starts _ggs? The missing letter is e and the word is eggs. No other letter could be added to the start of _ggs to create a real word, which makes sense. Egg-cellent effort, top detective!
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

There were many tall trees in the _orest. 

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
f
EDDIE SAYS
What is one of the places where trees can be found? A forest, of course! So the missing letter at the start of _orest, is an f. Use the whole sentence to help you identify the correct word. Here, the use of the word 'trees' gives us a good clue that the word could be something like forest, wood or copse.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

The queen wore a _rown on her head. 

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
c
EDDIE SAYS
What do queens wear on their heads? The word is crown so the missing letter is c. The words brown or frown can be created by adding different starting letters, but these options do not work in the sentence given. A queen wouldn't wear a FROWN on her head, would she?!
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

The _ase was filled with flowers. 

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
v
EDDIE SAYS
Where are flowers usually displayed in after they have been picked? In a vase! So the missing letter is v. Words such as base and case could be created by adding different starting letters, but they do not make sense in this sentence. Look out for red herrings like these when you are trying to crack this type of case detective!
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

The lion _oared very loudly.

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
r
EDDIE SAYS
What do lions do loudly? Lions roar, so the missing letter must be r. Other options like soar or boar could be created, but would not make sense in this sentence. Having a LION and a BOAR in the same sentence would be a recipe for disaster!
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

The football match lasted ninety _inutes. 

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
m
EDDIE SAYS
How long does a football match usually last? It lasts ninety minutes - so the missing letter is m. Can you imagine if a football match lasted ninety seconds or hours instead? Both options would be quite different, wouldn't they?!
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

We will be _oing on a school trip next week. 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
g
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? What is the verb that usually accompanies the words 'school trip'? It is go, so the missing letter here is a g. The option doing would not be correct, as it doesn't make sense in this sentence. Keep up the great work word detective - you're nearly there!
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

What is your favourite _lavour of ice cream? 

 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
f
EDDIE SAYS
Which word would naturally accompany the words 'favourite' and 'ice cream'? It's flavour, of course! So the missing letter is an f. What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?
  • Question 10

Your final challenge is here already!

 

Look at this final sentence:

 

I will wear my boots, because there are a lot of _uddy puddles at the park. 

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed? 

CORRECT ANSWER
m
EDDIE SAYS
What type of puddles can be found at the park, which you would need to wear boots to play in? Muddy ones! So our missing letter is m. We could create the word buddy by adding a letter b at the start, but this word does not make sense in this sentence. Congratulations on completing this activity! Why not try an activity focused on other types of clues, rather than context, now?
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