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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.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

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

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

ZE_O

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Nothing

2) Nil

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

A_AIN

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. 

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) To do something more than once

2) To repeat the same thing

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Here is part of a word:

 

A_ARD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A prize for doing something well or coming first

2) A medal or a certificate

 

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Here is part of a word:

 

EN_ER

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

FI_LD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Here is part of a word:

 

O_EAN

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A large sea

2) The Atlantic is one and so is the Pacific

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

PIE_E

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Part

2) Slice

 

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Here is part of a word:

 

HO_EL

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

Here is part of a word:

 

LAU_H

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Giggle

2) Chuckle

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

MA_K

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

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

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
Use the whole sentence to help you to think of what the word could be. What could you wear on your face to a fancy dress party? The missing letter is S and the word is MASK. Have you ever been to a fancy dress party or worn a costume?
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

ZE_O

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Nothing

2) Nil

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
This time we have been given to synonyms to the mystery word - nil and nothing. 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. Why not check this word in a sentence to be extra sure? Do these two sentences mean the same thing? This item costs NOTHING. This item costs ZERO. These sentences have the same meaning, so we know that the word ZERO is correct - great work, wordsmith!
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

A_AIN

 

It has had one of its letters taken away. 

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) To do something more than once

2) To repeat the same thing

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
G
EDDIE SAYS
Which adjective do you use if you repeat an action or do something more than once? The missing letter is G and the word is AGAIN. There isn't any other letter we could add here to create a real word which makes sense.
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

A_ARD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A prize for doing something well or coming first

2) A medal or a certificate

 

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
W
EDDIE SAYS
Which verb do we usually see with words like prize, medal and certificate? The missing letter is W and the word is AWARD. That's what you deserve for all your great work too detective! Remember, if you get stuck on a clue, you can go through each letter of the alphabet, trying it in the gap, 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.

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find this question tricky or did you answer it easily? What is the verb we use, specifically when we go into a building or walk through a door? The missing letter is T and the word is ENTER.
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

FI_LD

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
Where might you see sheep and cows, but will certainly see a lot of grass? In a field, of course! 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. It always help to use the key words in the clues to ask yourself a question, if you are finding it tricky to spot the mystery word.
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

O_EAN

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

1) A large sea

2) The Atlantic is one and so is the Pacific

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

 
CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
Splash down! What is another word for a large sea? 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. Have you ever heard of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans - where in the world are they?
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

PIE_E

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Part

2) Slice

 

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

HO_EL

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

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

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
Where do you stay on holiday, which has lots of rooms for guests? The missing letter is T and the word is HOTEL. You could have created the word HOVEL using a letter V instead, but we really hope you don't stay in one of those on holiday! Let's see what the last challenge holds for you, word detective...
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

LAU_H

 

It has had one of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some words with similar meanings to help you:

1) Giggle

2) Chuckle

 

Which letter has been removed from the bold word? 

CORRECT ANSWER
G
EDDIE SAYS
What is a synonym for the words 'giggle' and 'chuckle'? A bit of a tricky word to spell here! The missing letter is G and the word is LAUGH. Amazing job, letter detective! See you soon for another awesome activity!
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