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Add a Letter to Make a Complex Word Using Context

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing 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 Complex 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!

 

The 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 and say each new word out loud.

 

Good luck letter detective!

Look at this sentence:

 

I am readi_g a book about dinosaurs.

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Look at this sentence:

 

I am having cake and cust_rd for dessert. 

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Look at this sentence:

 

The giant stamp_d his feet.  

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Look at this sentence:

 

The queen wore a _rown on her head. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Look at this sentence:

 

We will have a tasty pic_ic at the park today. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Look at this sentence:

 

We will have an art les_on after lunch. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Look at this sentence:

 

I saw a tractor at the fa_m.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Look at this sentence:

 

I ma_e a card for my friend.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

 

Look at this sentence:

 

It is fun to fly a ki_e on a windy day!

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Look at this sentence:

 

I am excited about the science experiment t_is afternoon. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

I am readi_g a book about dinosaurs.

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
n
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this first case detective? Which verb do we usually see accompanying the word 'books'? We usually 'read' a book, which means that the missing letter must be n. Also, we can see that this statement is written in the present (i.e. I am ___ing), which means that the second verb needs to have the -ing ending. Use the clues in the rest of sentence to help you identify the missing words in the rest of this activity.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

I am having cake and cust_rd for dessert. 

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
a
EDDIE SAYS
What might you have with cake for dessert? Custard is something you might have for dessert - sweet! To make the word custard, the missing letter must be a. Did you use the clues in the sentence to help you think of the correct word? Here, our best clues were the words 'dessert' and 'cake'.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

The giant stamp_d his feet.  

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
e
EDDIE SAYS
What were the most important words to help you crack the case this time, detective? The word 'feet' is very important - what type of actions can we do with our feet? The missing letter is the e in the word stamped. Lots of doing words end in -ed when the sentence is about something that happened in the past, and in Q1 we saw a verb in the present tense using the -ing ending. You can always try to spot the tense to help you if the missing letter is in a verb.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

The queen wore a _rown on her head. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
c
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? What would a queen wear on her head? The word is crown and the missing letter is c. The word brown could be created by adding a different letter, but would not be the correct option as it does not make sense in the sentence. Would a queen wear a brown on her head?!
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

We will have a tasty pic_ic at the park today. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
n
EDDIE SAYS
The key words here were 'park' and 'tasty'. What can we do at the park which is tasty? Have a picnic, of course! The missing letter n makes the word picnic. No other letter would fit into this word, so we can be 100% confident that we have the correct suspect.
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

We will have an art les_on after lunch. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
s
EDDIE SAYS
This was a little trickier - what type of words could accompany 'art'? The missing letter s makes the word lesson. Did you spot that, word detective? Is art one of your favourite lessons?
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

I saw a tractor at the fa_m.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
r
EDDIE SAYS
Where do you usually see a tractor? The missing letter is r, which makes the word farm. Remember to use the sentence to help work out the meaning. Here, the word 'tractor' is the most important clue to lead you to the culprit!
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

I ma_e a card for my friend.

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
d
EDDIE SAYS
Which verb could accompany the noun 'card'? You could 'buy' one, or 'write' one, but neither of these options work with the letters provided. The missing letter is d, which makes the word made. The word male could be created using a different letter but would not be correct, as it does not make sense in the sentence. Have you ever made a card for a friend?
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

It is fun to fly a ki_e on a windy day!

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
t
EDDIE SAYS
What could be fun to fly on a windy day? A kite, of course! The missing letter is t, which makes the word kite. No other letter would fit into this word, so we can be extra sure that we have solved this mystery. Have you ever flown a kite?
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

I am excited about the science experiment t_is afternoon. 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
h
EDDIE SAYS
On this occasion, the missing letter has been taken from a word which is not so important in the sentence. It may help to read this aloud and think what word you would automatically say in the gap. The missing letter is h, which creates the word this. Fantastic work! You have completed all the challenges in this activity!
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