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Identify a new word using letter position patterns.

In this worksheet, students will find the missing word in a group of words. It will develop their ability to follow patterns and think systematically.

'Identify a new word using letter position patterns.' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Word Merge

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi word creator!

 

In this activity, we are going to be using letters from two words to make a new word.

 

Here are two groups of words. Letters from the two words on the outside of the brackets are used to create the word on the inside of the brackets.

crab   (able)  lend     fish ( ____ )  open

 

We need to work out how crab and lend can be joined to make the word able, and then use this same rule to make a new word with fish and open.

 

In this case, we take the last two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the second word.

crab   (able)   lend          fish  ( ____ )  open

 

a shop cartoon

So the answer is shop!


 

Let’s try another:

Can you work out the pattern here?

shot  (ship)  trip      flag ( ____ )  shop

We use the first two letters from the first word shot and the last two letters from the word trip to make the word ship.

 

 a ship

 

So we need to use the first two letters from flag and the last two letters from the word shop to make our mystery word. Our mystery word is flop!

shot  (ship)  trip          flag  (flop)  shop

 

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

First, think about the way the middle word is put together in the first group.

Then, follow the same pattern to find the missing word in the second group.


 

In this activity, you will need to be a word wizard and find the missing word in a pair.

Let’s get started!

 

Welcome to the first question, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

spaghetti (in) nose,  pasta (___) town

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the two letter missing word.

Let's try another one.

Here are groups of words:

 

pizza (as) science, camera (___) nose

   

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

long (go) octagon, throw (___) elephant

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words. 

 

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the two letter missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

maze (zero) road,  aunty (___) pens

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing four letter​ word.  

You're at the halfway point already!

Here are pairs of words:

 

bath (they) eyes,  into (___) okay

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing four letter word.

Here are groups of words:

 

card (do) orange,  cream (___) eggs

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first group. find the missing two-letter word.

Nearly there, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

rabbit (bitter) term, bend (___) ingredients

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing six letter word.  

Here are groups of words:

 

late (team) amazing,  sonata (___) skate

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing four letter word.

Here are groups of words:

 

bangles (lesson) songs,  whisper (___) sons

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing six letter word.

Well done - you've reached the last question!

Here are groups of words:

 

hero (roll) llama,  house (___) engine

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing four letter word.

  • Question 1

Welcome to the first question, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

spaghetti (in) nose,  pasta (___) town

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the two letter missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
At
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this one? Remember that you have to find the pattern by looking carefully at the first pair of words. The word 'in' starts with the last letter of 'spaghetti' and ends in the first letter of 'nose'. So, in each group, the last letter of the first word and the first letter of the word after the brackets are joined to make a new word. In this example, that gives us 'a' and t' to make the word 'at'.
  • Question 2

Let's try another one.

Here are groups of words:

 

pizza (as) science, camera (___) nose

   

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
An
EDDIE SAYS
Once again, in each group, the last letter of the first word and the first letter of the word after the brackets are joined to make a new word. The last letter of 'camera' is 'a' and the first letter of 'nose' is 'n', so we get the word 'an.
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

long (go) octagon, throw (___) elephant

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words. 

 

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the two letter missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
We
EDDIE SAYS
This question follows the same pattern as the last two. In each group, the last letter of the first word and the first letter of the word after the brackets are joined to make a new word. This gives us 'w' (from 'throw') and 'e' (from 'elephant') so we get the word 'we'. Did you get that one OK?
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

maze (zero) road,  aunty (___) pens

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing four letter​ word.  

CORRECT ANSWER
Type
EDDIE SAYS
This one is a bit more challenging because you need a FOUR letter word. Again, look for the pattern in the first pair of words and apply it to the second group. You can see that the word 'zero' starts with the last two letters of the word 'maze' and ends with the first two letters of 'road', so that is your pattern. In each group, the last two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the word after the brackets are joined to make a new word. This gives us 'ty' (from 'aunty') and 'pe' (from 'pens), so we get the word 'type'.
  • Question 5

You're at the halfway point already!

Here are pairs of words:

 

bath (they) eyes,  into (___) okay

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing four letter word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Took
EDDIE SAYS
As before, in each group, the last two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the word after the brackets are joined to make a new word. This gives us 'to' from 'into' and 'ok' from 'okay, making the word 'took'.
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

card (do) orange,  cream (___) eggs

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first group. find the missing two-letter word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Me
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of these now? In each group, the last letter of the first word and the first letter of the word after the brackets are joined to make a new word. This gives us 'm' from 'cream' and 'e' from 'eggs', making the word 'me'.
  • Question 7

Nearly there, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

rabbit (bitter) term, bend (___) ingredients

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing six letter word.  

CORRECT ANSWER
Ending
EDDIE SAYS
Oh, this one looks trickier! This time you have to find the pattern that is going to create a SIX letter word. Just look for the pattern in that first group of words. The word 'bitter' starts with the last three letters of the word 'rabbit' and ends with the first three letters of the word 'term'. So our pattern is that in each group, the last three letters of the first word and the first three letters of the word after the brackets are joined to make a new word. This gives us 'end' from 'bend' and 'ing' from 'ingredients', making the word 'ending'.
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

late (team) amazing,  sonata (___) skate

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing four letter word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Task
EDDIE SAYS
This question may look tricky because you might not know the word 'sonata'. It simply means a long piece of music. Don't be put off if you are unfamiliar with a word in one of these questions. Just continue to look for the pattern as usual. In this question, the last two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the word after the brackets have been joined to make a new word. So, we have 'ta' from 'sonata' and 'sk' from 'skate, giving us the word 'task.'
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

bangles (lesson) songs,  whisper (___) sons

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing six letter word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Person
EDDIE SAYS
Another tricky one because you have to find a SIX letter word. Follow the same rule and look for the pattern. In each group, the last three letters from the first word and the first three letters of the word after the brackets have been joined to make a new word. So, we have 'per' from 'whisper' and 'son' from 'sons', making the word 'person'. Last one coming up!
  • Question 10

Well done - you've reached the last question!

Here are groups of words:

 

hero (roll) llama,  house (___) engine

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing four letter word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Seen
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find the pattern? In each group, the last two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the word after the brackets have been joined to make a new word. So, this time we have 'se' from 'house' and 'en' from 'engine', giving the word 'seen'. Have you got the idea of these now? Great wizarding work, word creator!
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