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Select a Letter to Complete One Word and Begin Another

In this worksheet, students will identify a letter which completes one word and begins the following word (mostly from a selection of letters, as there is often more than one possible answer).

'Select a Letter to Complete One Word and Begin Another' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Insert a Letter

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi, letter detective. Are we pleased to see you!

You’ve guessed it. We have another puzzle we need your help to solve.  Are you ready?

 

Here are the first three letters of a word:

sou __

 

What could the last letter be?

 

We could use p for soup, or for sour.

 

 

Can you think of any other options?

 

Here are the last three letters of a word:

__ ins

 

What could the first letter be?

 

We could use w for wins, or p for pins.

 

Can you think of any other options?


 

Time for a challenge! If we put both words with a missing letter together, it would look like this:

sou (__) ins

 

Now, the missing letter needs to be the same for both words. We need the same letter to finish sou__ as we need to start __ins.

 

We could use the letter p, making sou (p) ins.

This would make the separate words soup and pins.


Let’s try another question:

Which letter could finish the first word and begin the second word?

 

lon (__) oat

 

m          g          t

 

The correct answer is g, as it will make the two words long and goat.

 

Now it’s your turn to find the missing letters in the questions on the next pages. Enjoy the hunt!

 

Goo(_) luc(_)!

 

Which letter would begin the following partial word? Type in the letter below.

 

_pple

 

Young Boy Thinking

Which letter would complete the following partial word? Type in the letter below.

 

Clif_

 

Alphabet

Here are the first three letters of a word:

 

Foo_

 

What could the last letter be? Click ALL of the possible options.

d

p

t

l

Here are the last letters of a word:

 

_end

 

What could the first letter be? Click all of the possible options.

 

Puzzling

B

L

P

X

Which one letter can be added to the front of all of these words to make new words?

 

_eat

_en

_ear

_ello

Which letter can you add in front of the following letters to make a real word? Type in the letter below.

 

_oat

_oot

_lack

_east

Alphabet blocks

Which letter can you add at the end of the following letters to make a real word? Type in the letter below.

 

Rus_

Blus_

Slas_

Churc_

Which letter can you add at the end of the following letters to make a real word? Type in the letter below.

 

Garde_

Mea_

Te_

Tur_

Choose a letter from below that will complete the first word and start the second word.

 

Mea (_) able

l

t

k

m

Choose a letter from below that will complete the first word and start the second word.

 

Thic (_) ettle

 

t

s

k

m

  • Question 1

Which letter would begin the following partial word? Type in the letter below.

 

_pple

 

Young Boy Thinking

CORRECT ANSWER
A
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is a. a + pple = apple An apple a day helps our verbal reasoning. Hooray!
  • Question 2

Which letter would complete the following partial word? Type in the letter below.

 

Clif_

 

Alphabet

CORRECT ANSWER
f
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? Cliff hanger... (get it?!) The missing letter is f. Clif + f = cliff
  • Question 3

Here are the first three letters of a word:

 

Foo_

 

What could the last letter be? Click ALL of the possible options.

CORRECT ANSWER
d
t
l
EDDIE SAYS
So the trick to this question is to try each letter out with the word. Can you sound out what each new word would be? There were three possible answers here! Did you spot any of them? Foo + d = food Foo + t = foot Foo + l = fool
  • Question 4

Here are the last letters of a word:

 

_end

 

What could the first letter be? Click all of the possible options.

 

Puzzling

CORRECT ANSWER
B
L
EDDIE SAYS
Did you try out our word creating system again? Remember to sound out what the word would be with the different letters at the start. Did you spot any of the missing letters? There were two this time. B + end = bend L + end = lend
  • Question 5

Which one letter can be added to the front of all of these words to make new words?

 

_eat

_en

_ear

_ello

CORRECT ANSWER
H
EDDIE SAYS
You can solve this by going through each letter of the alphabet one at a time. The question asks for ONE letter so you need to be patient here as there are 26 to try! The missing letter in all of these words is h. H + eat = heat H + en = hen H + ear = hear H + ello = hello Remember that the letter must work for ALL of the words.
  • Question 6

Which letter can you add in front of the following letters to make a real word? Type in the letter below.

 

_oat

_oot

_lack

_east

Alphabet blocks

CORRECT ANSWER
B
EDDIE SAYS
If you used the sneaky alphabet trick, this would have taken you no time at all! The missing letter is b. B + oat = boat B + oot = boot B + lack = black B + east = beast Keep up the hard work, letter spotter!
  • Question 7

Which letter can you add at the end of the following letters to make a real word? Type in the letter below.

 

Rus_

Blus_

Slas_

Churc_

CORRECT ANSWER
h
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? Here's a sneaky tip, often words that end s? will be an sh ending. That's exactly what is going on here. Look for the patterns in the parts of the word that you can see! The missing end letter is h. rus + h = rush blus + h = blush slas + h = slash churc + h = church Here's a helpful hint: the letter h often comes after an s or a c.
  • Question 8

Which letter can you add at the end of the following letters to make a real word? Type in the letter below.

 

Garde_

Mea_

Te_

Tur_

CORRECT ANSWER
n
EDDIE SAYS
You could use our alphabet check to work this one out. Or, you could look at the first word and sound it out. What word do you know that sounds like this? Did you get Garden? This would mean that the missing letter is 'n'. It was n this time. Garde + n = garden Mea + n = mean Te + n = ten Tur + n = turn
  • Question 9

Choose a letter from below that will complete the first word and start the second word.

 

Mea (_) able

CORRECT ANSWER
t
EDDIE SAYS
So this one was a bit different! But, not an issue for you letter detective! You have this in your skills-set. You need to find a letter that completes the first word and begins the second. You can try sounding each of the 4 letters out at the end and start of the word. Did you work out the missing letter is t. mea + t = meat t + able = table Make sure you try out all of the options and check that the letter works for both words.
  • Question 10

Choose a letter from below that will complete the first word and start the second word.

 

Thic (_) ettle

 

CORRECT ANSWER
k
EDDIE SAYS
Now, you really are on a roll here letter detective. The missing letter was k. Well done for taking on this letter challenge! Thic + k = thick K + ettle = kettle The trick is to find a letter that completes the first word and see if it works with the second word.
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