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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.

 

 

 

Let's try another one.

 

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.

 

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) Squashed potatoes (or other vegetables)

2) To crush food

 

Which letter has been removed?

Here is part of a word:

 

MEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Feast

2) Dinner

 

Which letter has been removed?

Here is part of a word:

 

TEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) To rip something

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

 

Which letter has been removed?

Here is part of a word:

 

PAST_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) Glue

2) To stick something on to a piece of paper

 

Which letter has been removed?

Here is part of a word:

 

WAN_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A magic stick owned by witches and wizards

2) You can make magic spells with this

 

 

Which letter has been removed?

Here is part of a word:

 

PLA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed?

Here is part of a word:

 

LEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) When water escapes through a hole in a bucket

2) Drip

 

 

Which letter has been removed?

Here is part of a word:

 

TAL_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) To speak or chat

2) Communicate by spoken words 

 

Which letter has been removed?

Here is part of a word:

 

PEE_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) To remove the skin from fruit

2) To carefully take off a wrapper

 

Which letter has been removed?

Here is part of a word:

 

CON_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed?

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

MAS_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) Squashed potatoes (or other vegetables)

2) To crush food

 

Which letter has been removed?

CORRECT ANSWER
H
EDDIE SAYS
What do we call squashed potatoes or the action of crushing food? It's MASH, of course! The letter H is the last letter of the word MASH, which is currently missing. Top tip: If you get stuck, go through each of the letters of the alphabet, trying it in the gap until you find a letter that makes a real word. Then make sure the word you have found matches the clues.
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

MEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Feast

2) Dinner

 

Which letter has been removed?

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
What is another word for a feast or a dinner, which starts MEA_? The word is MEAL so the missing letter is L. Another word option, such as MEAN, could be created but would not fit with these clues.
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

TEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) To rip something

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

 

Which letter has been removed?

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
What is a word which means the same as rip, or describes the liquid which leaves your eye when you cry? The word is TEAR and the missing letter is R. Did you notice how this word is spoken differently for the different meanings? This type of word is called a homonym.
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

PAST_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) Glue

2) To stick something on to a piece of paper

 

Which letter has been removed?

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
Here we have been given a mixture of a synonym- and meaning-based clue. Which word has a similar meaning to glue, which starts PAST_? Or which word means to stick something to a piece of paper which starts PAST_? The word is PASTE, which means that the missing letter is E. Great work putting those clues together detective! Let's try and decode another mystery now...
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

WAN_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A magic stick owned by witches and wizards

2) You can make magic spells with this

 

 

Which letter has been removed?

CORRECT ANSWER
D
EDDIE SAYS
Abracadabra! What do we call a magic stick that witches and wizards can cast spells with, which begins WAN_? The letter D is missing from the end of the word WAND. A word such as WANE could be created by adding a different letter, but would not fit with these clues.
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

PLA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed?

CORRECT ANSWER
Y
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'fun' and 'enjoy' in these descriptions give us the best clue. The word is PLAY so the missing letter is Y. We could create the word PLAN by adding an N, but this would not fit with the descriptions. You would not like to PLAN at break time, would you?!
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

LEA_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) When water escapes through a hole in a bucket

2) Drip

 

 

Which letter has been removed?

CORRECT ANSWER
K
EDDIE SAYS
How do we describe the action when water drips through a hole? The missing letter is K, which is part of the word LEAK. Options such as LEAN or LEAP could be created by adding different ending letters, but these would not fit the clues. Watch out for red herrings like these, word detective, which are trying to distract you from finding the real culprit!
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

TAL_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) To speak or chat

2) Communicate by spoken words 

 

Which letter has been removed?

CORRECT ANSWER
K
EDDIE SAYS
What is another word we can use to mean speak or chat? The word is TALK and the missing letter is K. Words such as TALL or TALE could be created by adding different ending letters, but they would not fit with these clues.
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

 

PEE_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) To remove the skin from fruit

2) To carefully take off a wrapper

 

Which letter has been removed?

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
What is the verb we use to describe removing skin from a fruit or unwrapping a chocolate bar? The word is PEEL, so the missing letter is L. Other options such as PEEP or PEEK would not fit these clues. Just one more challenge to complete now, detective!
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

CON_

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed?

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
What is an ice cream usually served in? How would you describe the shape of a witch's hat? The missing letter is E and the word is CONE, as this word fits with the meaning of both clues. Congratulations word wizard - you have smashed this activity! Why not try another activity practising this question type now you are on a roll?
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