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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 letters from below could complete the following word? Tick all of the possible answers.

 

Lam_

Little Girl Wondering

p

t

b

e

Which letters could begin the word below? Tick all of the possible options.

 

_lip

T

S

C

E

Which letter could begin all of the words below?

 

_ail

_en

_ruck

_able

Which letter could complete all of the words below?

 

Fair_

Ever_

Shin_

Find a letter that will complete the first word and begin the second word. Choose the correct letter from the list below.

 

Rac (_) ite

s

k

m

l

Which letter from below can complete the first word and begin the second word?

 

Kin (_) oal

a

d

g

m

Which of the letters below completes the first word and begins the second word?

 

Dus (_) ime

h

p

k

t

Which letter from below could complete the first word and begin the second word?

 

Grad (_) ars

a

e

p

t

Which letter completes the first word and begins the second word? Type in the letter below.

 

Chea (_) oad

Which letter completes the first word and begins the second word? Type in the letter below.

 

Are (_) pples

  • Question 1

Which letters from below could complete the following word? Tick all of the possible answers.

 

Lam_

Little Girl Wondering

CORRECT ANSWER
p
b
e
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do with this first one? It is worth saying the start of the word with all of the possible endings one after another, out loud. You'll soon hear which of these sound like real words. There were 3 possible options here! lam + p = lamp lam + b = lamb - this one was tricky, as it is a silent letter! lam + e = lame
  • Question 2

Which letters could begin the word below? Tick all of the possible options.

 

_lip

CORRECT ANSWER
S
C
EDDIE SAYS
Did you try the words out loud? If you did you would have heard that there were 2 possible words in this group letter detective. The two possible options are: c + lip = clip s + lip = slip Keep up the hard work, letter spotter!
  • Question 3

Which letter could begin all of the words below?

 

_ail

_en

_ruck

_able

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find the missing letter? It was t! t + ail = tail t + en = ten t + ruck = truck t + able = table Remember that the letter has to work for all of the words given.
  • Question 4

Which letter could complete all of the words below?

 

Fair_

Ever_

Shin_

CORRECT ANSWER
y
EDDIE SAYS
There was one letter in the alphabet that could help us here, and it is right at the end. The missing letter was y. fair + y = fairy ever + y = every shin + y = shiny Try and find a letter that works for the first word and then see if it works for the others.
  • Question 5

Find a letter that will complete the first word and begin the second word. Choose the correct letter from the list below.

 

Rac (_) ite

CORRECT ANSWER
k
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter was k! The letter c is often followed by an e, k or an h, so it is good to try these letters out first. rac + k = rack k + ite = kite
  • Question 6

Which letter from below can complete the first word and begin the second word?

 

Kin (_) oal

CORRECT ANSWER
g
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? Back of the net on that one? The missing letter was g. Not many words end in 'oal' so it was easier to think about starting this word first. g + oal = goal kin + g = king You may have selected d, as it makes the word 'kind', but it doesn't make a word with the next set of letters. Make sure that the letter you choose will work with BOTH words.
  • Question 7

Which of the letters below completes the first word and begins the second word?

 

Dus (_) ime

CORRECT ANSWER
t
EDDIE SAYS
Doesn't TIME fly when you are having fun letter detective? I like nothing more than to DUST off a good book and have a lovely read, although these puzzles are fun too! The missing letter was t. dus + t = dust t + ime = time If you selected k, it does make dusk, but it doesn't work to make a second word.
  • Question 8

Which letter from below could complete the first word and begin the second word?

 

Grad (_) ars

CORRECT ANSWER
e
EDDIE SAYS
Only one of our letter choices could complete the first word. This was e! Are you with me? You are certainly on your way to making the GRADE as a superstar letter detective! grad + e = grade e + ars = ears
  • Question 9

Which letter completes the first word and begins the second word? Type in the letter below.

 

Chea (_) oad

CORRECT ANSWER
t
EDDIE SAYS
No cheating needed for us letter detective, we can rely on your excellent letter skills. The missing letter was t here. chea + t = cheat t + oad = toad Try and think of all the letters that complete the first word, and then see if they work for the second word.
  • Question 10

Which letter completes the first word and begins the second word? Type in the letter below.

 

Are (_) pples

CORRECT ANSWER
a
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find it? If you went through the alphabet, you were onto a winner! The missing letter here was a. are + a = area a + pples = apples That was A grade work! Keep it up!
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