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Fill in a Letter to Complete a Word Using Clues

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing letter in a word. They will be given clues and synonyms to help them. It will develop students’ vocabulary, problem solving and spelling skills.

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

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Partial Word

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi, word detective!

Our letter thief has been at it again!

 

Here is part of a word:

ROUN_

 

It has had its last letter stolen.

The thief has left a clue behind to help us figure out what the word is.

 

They have given us two words with similar meanings (synonyms).

 

Words With Similar Meaning Partial Word
 Circle  ROUN_
 Ring  ROUN_

 

What could the word be?

 

 

The stolen letter is D and the word is ROUND.

 

Here is another word with a missing letter:

PRAW_

 

This time, the thief has left behind a different kind of clue.

Clues Partial Word
 A type of sea creature.  PRAW_
 A tasty sandwich filling.   PRAW_

 

What could the word be?

 

 

The missing letter is N and the word is PRAWN.

 

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

 

The thief has left you a clue or two similar meanings of the word; these clues will help you to work out what the word is.

 

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

You can use a thesaurus to help you if you get stuck.

 

Good luck locating those missing letters!

Here is part of a word:

 

MAS_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) Squashed potatoes (or other vegetables)

2) To crush food

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

MEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

 

1) Feast

2) Dinner

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

TEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) To rip something

2) When you cry, these come out of your eyes

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

PAST_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) Glue

2) To stick something on to a piece of paper

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

WAN_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) A magic stick owned by witches and wizards

2) You can make magic spells with this

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

PLA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) To have fun with your friends at break time

2) To enjoy using a toy or a game

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

LEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) When water drips through a hole in a bucket

2) This happens to your drink if you have a hole in your drink bottle

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

TAL_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) To speak or chat.

2) A parrot can do this.

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

PEE_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) To remove the skin from fruit

2) To carefully take off a wrapper

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

CON_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

 

1) You can buy ice cream in one of these

2) A shape like a witch's hat

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

MAS_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) Squashed potatoes (or other vegetables)

2) To crush food

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
H
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The letter H is the last letter of the word MASH. Top tip: If you get stuck, go through the letters of the alphabet until you find a letter that makes a word. Make sure the word matches the clues.
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

MEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

 

1) Feast

2) Dinner

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? The word MEAL is missing the letter L. An option such as MEAN would not fit the clues.
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

TEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) To rip something

2) When you cry, these come out of your eyes

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
Good try! The word is TEAR and the missing letter is R. Did you notice how the word is spoken differently for the different meanings?
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

PAST_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) Glue

2) To stick something on to a piece of paper

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 
CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
The word is PASTE because this is another word for glue. This means that the missing letter is E. Let's take a look at the next one!
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

WAN_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) A magic stick owned by witches and wizards

2) You can make magic spells with this

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
D
EDDIE SAYS
Abracadabra! The letter D is missing from the word WAND. A word such as WANE would not fit the clues.
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

PLA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) To have fun with your friends at break time

2) To enjoy using a toy or a game

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
Y
EDDIE SAYS
The word is PLAY and the missing letter is Y. The option 'PLAN' would not fit the clues.
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

LEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) When water drips through a hole in a bucket

2) This happens to your drink if you have a hole in your drink bottle

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
K
EDDIE SAYS
Good effort! The missing letter is K, which is part of the word LEAK. Options such as LEAN or LEAP would not fit the clues.
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

TAL_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) To speak or chat.

2) A parrot can do this.

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 
CORRECT ANSWER
K
EDDIE SAYS
Great work! The word is TALK and the missing letter is K. Words such as TALL or TALE would not fit the clues.
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

 

PEE_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) To remove the skin from fruit

2) To carefully take off a wrapper

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
The word is PEEL because other options such as PEEP or PEEK would not fit the clues.
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

CON_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. What is it?

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

 

1) You can buy ice cream in one of these

2) A shape like a witch's hat

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter is E and the word is CONE as this word fits both clues. Well done, you've finished this activity!
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