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Add a Letter to Make 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.

'Add a Letter to Make 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:

 

_EAD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) You do this with a book

2) To understand words written down (you are doing this now!)

 

Which letter is missing?

Here is part of a word:

 

_EAR

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A type of fruit

2) It is usually green and it grows on a tree

 

Which letter is missing?

Here is part of a word:

 

_OUD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

1) Noisy

2) A lot of banging and crashing sounds

 

Which letter is missing?

Here is part of a word:

 

_WIN

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

1) One of two children born at the same time

2) These two children sometimes look the same

 

Which letter is missing?

Here is part of a word:

 

_ISH

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

1) A genie might grant you three of these

2) You make one of these when you really want something

 

Which letter is missing?

Here is part of a word:

 

_ANK

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

1) You go here to get money or to put money away safely

2) Another name for the side of a river

 

 

Which letter is missing?

Here is part of a word:

 

_LUB

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:​

1) A group of people with something in common

2) Another word for a sports team

 

Which letter is missing?

Here is part of a word:

 

_LAD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Happy

2) Thankful

 

 

Which letter is missing?

Here is part of a word:

 

_IND

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

1) Being generous

2) Helping and being nice to other people

 

Which letter is missing?

You've already reached your final mystery!


Here is part of a word:

 

_ASH

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) You do this in the morning at the bathroom sink

2) To clean your hands and face with water

 

Which letter is missing?

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

_EAD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) You do this with a book

2) To understand words written down (you are doing this now!)

 

Which letter is missing?

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
That's the first question done - how did you get on? What action do we usually do with a book? Or what is the verb that describes understanding words which have been written down? The word which fits with both of these clues is READ, so the missing letter is R. We could have used other letters (such as H to make HEAD), but we must find a word which fits with these two clues. Let's practise this skill some more now word wizard...
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

_EAR

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A type of fruit

2) It is usually green and it grows on a tree

 

Which letter is missing?

CORRECT ANSWER
P
EDDIE SAYS
What is a green fruit that grows on trees, which starts _EAR? The word is PEAR and the missing letter is P. There are some other word options we could create here, like DEAR or HEAR, but these options don't fit with the clues as they are not a piece of fruit and do not grow on trees. What's your favourite fruit?
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

_OUD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

1) Noisy

2) A lot of banging and crashing sounds

 

Which letter is missing?

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
What is a synonym for noisy? The word is LOUD, so the missing letter is L. Unlike the last question, it is difficult to think of another word here which could be created from the _OUD ending. Can you think of any words detective?
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

_WIN

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

1) One of two children born at the same time

2) These two children sometimes look the same

 

Which letter is missing?

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
What is the word used to describe two children born at the same time? The word is TWIN, so the missing letter is T. Did the clues help you reach the right answer? Always use these to support you - it's silly to struggle over the word alone, if the clues are there to help. Let's take a look at the next one, word wizard!
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

_ISH

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

1) A genie might grant you three of these

2) You make one of these when you really want something

 

Which letter is missing?

CORRECT ANSWER
W
EDDIE SAYS
What do genies usually grant three of? The missing letter is W and the word is WISH. Other words can be created here, such as DISH and FISH, but they would not fit with both these clues. What would one of your wishes be if a genie granted you three? Touch choices!
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

_ANK

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

1) You go here to get money or to put money away safely

2) Another name for the side of a river

 

 

Which letter is missing?

CORRECT ANSWER
B
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort so far, word superstar! Where do we go to put our money to keep it safe? Or if we swam across a river, what is the other side called? The missing letter is B, which is part of the word BANK. Other options are possible here too (such as LANK or TANK), but they won't work with the clues given. We wouldn't go to a TANK to get money out would we?!
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

_LUB

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:​

1) A group of people with something in common

2) Another word for a sports team

 

Which letter is missing?

CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one here, did you work it out? If you practise a sport or hobby with others, you may consider yourself to be in one of these. The word is CLUB and the missing letter is C. Are you a member of any CLUBS?
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

_LAD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Happy

2) Thankful

 

 

Which letter is missing?

CORRECT ANSWER
G
EDDIE SAYS
If you feel happy or thankful, what is another word for this? The word is GLAD and the missing letter is G. Other word options can be created (such as CLAD), but we need to find the word which has a similar meaning to happy and thankful. We're GLAD you made such a great effort with this one!
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

 

_IND

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

1) Being generous

2) Helping and being nice to other people

 

Which letter is missing?

CORRECT ANSWER
K
EDDIE SAYS
This question is a good one to start with the clues first. If someone asked you to describe a word which means being nice to others, what would you say? Again, it is possible to create other words here (such as FIND) but they do not fit with the clues provided. Let's take a look at your final mission now!
  • Question 10

You've already reached your final mystery!


Here is part of a word:

 

_ASH

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) You do this in the morning at the bathroom sink

2) To clean your hands and face with water

 

Which letter is missing?

CORRECT ANSWER
W
EDDIE SAYS
What is another verb used to describe cleaning yourself? The missing letter is W and the word is WASH. Other letters could also make alternative words (e.g. C to make CASH) but we don't CASH our face in the morning, do we? Let us tell you something pretty neat - this activity is now complete!
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