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Add a Letter to Make a Complex 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 Complex 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:

 

MA_K

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can wear this one on your face for fancy dress party.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

ZE_O

 

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

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Nothing.

2) Nil.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

A_AIN

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) To do something more than once.

2) To repeat the same thing. 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

A_ARD

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A prize for doing something well or coming first.

2) A medal or a certificate.

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

EN_ER

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) You do this when you walk into a building. 

2) You normally walk through the door to do this. 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

FI_LD

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) There is a lot of grass here!

2) You might spot some sheep or cows in one of these!

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

O_EAN

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A large sea.

2) The Atlantic is one and so is the Pacific. 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

PIE_E

 

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

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Part.

2) Slice.

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

HO_EL

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) You might stay here when you are on holiday.

2) It has lots of rooms for guests to stay in. 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

Here is part of a word:

 

LAU_H

 

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

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Giggle.

2) Chuckle.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

 
  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

MA_K

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can wear this one on your face for fancy dress party.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter is S and the word is MASK. Use the whole sentence to help you to think of the word. A mask is something you could wear to a fancy dress party so is the correct answer.
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

ZE_O

 

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

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Nothing.

2) Nil.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? The word word is ZERO and the missing letter is R because ZERO means the same as 'nothing' or 'nil'.
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

A_AIN

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) To do something more than once.

2) To repeat the same thing. 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

CORRECT ANSWER
G
EDDIE SAYS
Once again, you've made a super effort. The missing letter is G and the word is AGAIN. There isn't any other letter you could put in here to make a word.
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

A_ARD

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A prize for doing something well or coming first.

2) A medal or a certificate.

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

CORRECT ANSWER
W
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter is W and the word is AWARD. That's what you deserve for all your great work. If you get stuck on a clue, you can go through the letters of the alphabet until you find one that fits.
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

EN_ER

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) You do this when you walk into a building. 

2) You normally walk through the door to do this. 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find this question tricky or did you answer it quickly? The missing letter is T and the word is ENTER. No other letter would make a word here.
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

FI_LD

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) There is a lot of grass here!

2) You might spot some sheep or cows in one of these!

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
You doing really well with this exercise! The missing letter is E and the word is FIELD. You can use the meaning of the sentence to help you to think of the correct word. Where do you see cows? In a field, of course!
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

O_EAN

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A large sea.

2) The Atlantic is one and so is the Pacific. 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 
CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
Splash! The missing letter is C and the word is OCEAN. This is a tricky one as the letter C actually makes a SH sound in this word.
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

PIE_E

 

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

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Part.

2) Slice.

 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

 

 
CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
Was this question a piece of cake? Another word for 'slice' is PIECE so the missing letter is C.
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

 

HO_EL

 

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

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) You might stay here when you are on holiday.

2) It has lots of rooms for guests to stay in. 

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter is T and the word is HOTEL. You could have chosen HOVEL but I really hope you don't stay in one of those on holiday! Let's see what the last question is.
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

LAU_H

 

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

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Giggle.

2) Chuckle.

 

Please write your answer as a capital letter

 

 
CORRECT ANSWER
G
EDDIE SAYS
A bit of a tricky word to spell! The missing letter is G and the word is LAUGH. See you soon for another awesome activity!
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