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Find the Missing Letter to Complete the Word

In this worksheet, students will identify the missing letter needed to either finish or begin a word (mostly from a selection of letters, as there is often more than one possible answer).

'Find the Missing Letter to Complete the Word' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Insert a Letter

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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

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

Here are the first two letters of a word:

ba __

 

What could the last letter be?

 

We could use g to make bag, or a t to make bat.

      

 

Can you think of any other options?


 

Here are the last two letters of a word:

__ en

 

What could the first letter be?

 

We could use t to make ten, or h to make hen.

                     

 

We can’t use proper nouns, such as names, as answers. So we couldn’t use b for Ben, for example.

 

Can you think of any other options for this question?


 

Now let’s try one more:

Which of the following letters could complete the word below? (There may be more than one answer!)

par __

 

b          k          t          l

 

The correct answers are k and t.

The letter k would make park and t would make part.


 

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

Goo(_) luc(_)!

Which letter is missing from the following word? Use the image as a clue and type in the letter below.

Suga_  

Which letter is missing from the following word? Use the picture as a clue.

 

Part_        

 

 

 

Which letter is missing from the start of the following word? Use the picture as a clue.

_emon

 

Which letter is missing from the start of this word?

_tory      

Which of the letters below could complete the following word? 

 

Ocea_

t

n

m

l

Which of the letters below could complete the following word? Click on all of the letters that could work, as there may be more than one.

 

Live_

t

r

s

a

Which of the letters below could begin the following word? Click all of the correct options.

 

_olly

L

H

J

K

Match the missing end letters to the start of each word to make real words.

Column A

Column B

Soli
y
Uncl
e
Orde
r
Worr
d

Match the missing starting letters to the end of each word.

 

Column A

Column B

A
orse
H
evil
D
ovie
M
ngle

Which letter could go at the start of all of these words?

 

_airy

_own

_ad

_itch

_evil

  • Question 1

Which letter is missing from the following word? Use the image as a clue and type in the letter below.

Suga_  

CORRECT ANSWER
r
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter was r. This makes the word sugar. Remember to just type in the missing letter, not the entire word.
  • Question 2

Which letter is missing from the following word? Use the picture as a clue.

 

Part_        

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
y
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the missing letter y? This makes the word party.
  • Question 3

Which letter is missing from the start of the following word? Use the picture as a clue.

_emon

 

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the missing letter l? This makes the word lemon.
  • Question 4

Which letter is missing from the start of this word?

_tory      

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the missing letter s? This makes the word story. I love reading a good story before bed.
  • Question 5

Which of the letters below could complete the following word? 

 

Ocea_

CORRECT ANSWER
n
EDDIE SAYS
The full word was ocean. This means the missing letter was n. Keep up the hard work, letter detective!
  • Question 6

Which of the letters below could complete the following word? Click on all of the letters that could work, as there may be more than one.

 

Live_

CORRECT ANSWER
r
s
EDDIE SAYS
Two of our letters could complete this word. Did you spot either? The letter r at the end makes liver. The letter s at the end makes lives.
  • Question 7

Which of the letters below could begin the following word? Click all of the correct options.

 

_olly

CORRECT ANSWER
L
H
J
EDDIE SAYS
Wow! There were three options here! The letter l at the start makes lolly. The letter h at the start makes holly - as in the plant, not the name. The letter j at the start makes jolly. If you are feeling jolly, then you are very happy.
  • Question 8

Match the missing end letters to the start of each word to make real words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Soli
d
Uncl
e
Orde
r
Worr
y
EDDIE SAYS
How many matches did you find? soli + d = solid uncl + e = uncle orde + r = order worr + y = worry
  • Question 9

Match the missing starting letters to the end of each word.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
ngle
H
orse
D
evil
M
ovie
EDDIE SAYS
How many matches did you find? a + ngle = angle h + orse = horse d + evil = devil m + ovie = movie Great work, letter detective!
  • Question 10

Which letter could go at the start of all of these words?

 

_airy

_own

_ad

_itch

_evil

CORRECT ANSWER
D
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter for all of these words was d. This makes dairy, down, dad, ditch and devil.
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