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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. Which letter is it?

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) You do this with a book.

2) To look at words written down. You are doing this now!

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

_EAR

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) A type of fruit.

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

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

_OUD

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

 

1) Noisy.

2) A lot of banging and crashing sounds.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

_WIN

 

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

 

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.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter. ​

 

Here is part of a word:

 

_ISH

 

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

 

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.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

_ANK

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. Which letter?

 

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. 

 

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter.​

Here is part of a word:

 

_LUB

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. Which letter is missing? 

 

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. 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter. ​​

 

Here is part of a word:

 

_LAD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. Which letter?

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

 

1) Happy.

2) Thankful. 

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

Here is part of a word:

 

_IND

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

 

1) Being generous. 

2) Helping and being nice to other people.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter. ​

 


Here is part of a word:

 

_ASH

 

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

 

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.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

 

 
  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

_EAD

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) You do this with a book.

2) To look at words written down. You are doing this now!

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
That's the first question done. How did you get on? The missing letter is R and the word is READ. We could have used other letters (such as H to make HEAD), but we must find a word which fits with the two clues. Let's practise this some more now...
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

_EAR

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

 

1) A type of fruit.

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

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
P
EDDIE SAYS
The word is PEAR and the missing letter is P. There are some other word options here like DEAR or HEAR, but these 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. Which letter is it? 

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

 

1) Noisy.

2) A lot of banging and crashing sounds.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? The word is LOUD and the missing letter is L. Unlike the last question, it is hard to think of another word here which could be created from the _OUD ending. Can you think of any word detective?
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

_WIN

 

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

 

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.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter. ​

 
CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
The word is TWIN and the missing letter is T. Did the clues help you get the right answer? If you are finding it tough to think of a word, start with the clues first. 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. Which letter is it? 

 

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.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
W
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter is W and the word is WISH. Other options are possible here such as DISH and FISH, but these would not fit with both the clues. What would one of your wishes be if a genie granted you three?
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

_ANK

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. Which letter?

 

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. 

 

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter.​

CORRECT ANSWER
B
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort so far word superstar! 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. 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. Which letter is missing? 

 

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. 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter. ​​

 
CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one, did you work it out? 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. Which letter?

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

 

1) Happy.

2) Thankful. 

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

CORRECT ANSWER
G
EDDIE SAYS
I'm GLAD you made such a good effort with this one...do you get it? The word is GLAD and the missing letter is G. Other options are possible (such as CLAD) but we need to find the word which has a similar meaning to happy and thankful.
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

 

_IND

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:​

 

1) Being generous. 

2) Helping and being nice to other people.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter. ​

 

CORRECT ANSWER
K
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter is K and the word is KIND. This question would have been 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? Let's take a look at the final question!
  • Question 10


Here is part of a word:

 

_ASH

 

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

 

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.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

 

 
CORRECT ANSWER
W
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter is W and the word is WASH. Other letters could also make a word (e.g. C to make CASH) but we don't CASH our face in the morning, do we? I'll tell you something pretty neat, this activity is now complete!
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