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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:  

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

 

_ook

_est

_ore

_east

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

 

_abel​

_ess

_ean

_esson

Match the partial words below to their missing letters:

Column A

Column B

T
lass
W
itch
G
able

Match the partial words below to their missing letters:

 

Column A

Column B

Ches
e
Can
t
Kee
n

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

Stal (_) eague

t

y

l

m

Find all of the possible letters that will complete the first word and begin the second word. From the list below, select ALL of the letters that could work.

He (_) et

n

m

g

t

Which of the letters below completes the first word and begins the second word? There is only one correct answer.

Com (_) read

t

b

g

l

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

Leve (_) ong

t

l

m

g

Match the word pairs below to their correct missing letter.

Column A

Column B

Bea (_) ongue
d
Lan (_) rone
t
Fe (_) ent
w

Match the word pairs to their missing letters.

Column A

Column B

Tri (_) erfect
g
Ba (_) ain
l
Tel (_) earn
p
  • Question 1

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

 

_ook

_est

_ore

_east

CORRECT ANSWER
B
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the missing letter b? This makes book, best, bore and beast. Other letters might work with some of the words, but only the letter b works with all of them.
  • Question 2

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

 

_abel​

_ess

_ean

_esson

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the missing letter l? This makes the words label, less, lean and lesson.
  • Question 3

Match the partial words below to their missing letters:

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

T
able
W
itch
G
lass
EDDIE SAYS
How many matches did you find? t + able = table w + itch = witch g + lass = glass
  • Question 4

Match the partial words below to their missing letters:

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Ches
t
Can
e
Kee
n
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find any matches? ches + t = chest can + e = cane kee + n = keen can + t wouldn't work, as the word can't needs an apostrophe.
  • Question 5

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

Stal (_) eague

CORRECT ANSWER
l
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letter was l here. This makes the words stall and league. Make sure the letter works for both words.
  • Question 6

Find all of the possible letters that will complete the first word and begin the second word. From the list below, select ALL of the letters that could work.

He (_) et

CORRECT ANSWER
n
m
EDDIE SAYS
There were 2 possible options here. The letter n makes hen and net. The letter m makes hem and met. A hem is the edge of a piece of clothing.
  • Question 7

Which of the letters below completes the first word and begins the second word? There is only one correct answer.

Com (_) read

CORRECT ANSWER
b
EDDIE SAYS
This was a challenge, as one of our words had a silent letter! Sneaky! The letter b makes the words comb and bread.
  • Question 8

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

Leve (_) ong

CORRECT ANSWER
l
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the missing letter l? This makes the words level and long.
  • Question 9

Match the word pairs below to their correct missing letter.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Bea (_) ongue
t
Lan (_) rone
d
Fe (_) ent
w
EDDIE SAYS
How many matches could you find? The letter t makes the words beat and tongue. The letter d makes the words land and drone. The letter w makes the words few and went.
  • Question 10

Match the word pairs to their missing letters.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Tri (_) erfect
p
Ba (_) ain
g
Tel (_) earn
l
EDDIE SAYS
How many matches did you spot? The letter p makes the words trip and perfect. The letter g makes the words bag and gain. The letter l makes the words tell and learn. Excellent work, letter detective!
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