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Identify a new word using letter 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 patterns' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Merge

Difficulty level:  

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! 

Are you ready for these word challenges, word creator?

Here are groups of words:

 

plea (leaves) vests,  star (___) getting

 

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:

 

bag (aged) education,  robe (___) engine

   

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:

 

alike (likewise) wisely,  thigh (___) landed

 

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

 

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

Here are groups of words:

 

garden ( no) olives,  hero (___) recipe

 

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

 

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

How are you doing, word creator? 

Here are pairs of words:

 

noodles (lesser) service,  twin (___) nervous

 

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

 

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

Here are groups of words:

 

drama (maid) idea, chilli (___) century

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first group. find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

truck (rucksack) sacks, cover (___) headband

 

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:

 

recording (ingest) estimate, caramel (___) tedious

 

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

 

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

Nearly there, word wizard!

Here are groups of words:

 

purple (lean) angel,  lemon (___) certainly  

 

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

 

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

At last, the long-awaited final question!

Here are groups of words:

 

surprise (seal) always, complete (___) amaze

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

  • Question 1

Are you ready for these word challenges, word creator?

Here are groups of words:

 

plea (leaves) vests,  star (___) getting

 

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
Target
EDDIE SAYS
What a mind-boggling word merge! 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 'tar' from 'star' and 'get' from 'getting', making the word 'target'. Did you get that one?
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

bag (aged) education,  robe (___) engine

   

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
Been
EDDIE SAYS
An interesting one! 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. So, 'robe' gives us 'be' and 'engine' gives us 'en' - put them together and what do we get? The word 'been'!
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

alike (likewise) wisely,  thigh (___) landed

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Highland
EDDIE SAYS
This has used most of the letters in the pairs of words! In each group, the last FOUR letters of the first word and the first FOUR letters of the word after the brackets are joined to make a new word. This gives us the word 'highland'. Did you know: You can look up any new words you learn in a dictionary and add them to your own word bank!
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

garden ( no) olives,  hero (___) recipe

 

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
Or
EDDIE SAYS
An easier one! 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. We get the 'o' from 'hero' and the 'r' from 'recipe' to give us the word 'or'.
  • Question 5

How are you doing, word creator? 

Here are pairs of words:

 

noodles (lesser) service,  twin (___) nervous

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Winner
EDDIE SAYS
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 of six letters. Did you know that six is half a dozen? So a six letter word is made up of half a dozen letters! You're halfway through this worksheet so I think this makes you something of a 'winner'!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

drama (maid) idea, chilli (___) century

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first group. find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Lice
EDDIE SAYS
That was a spicy one! 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. We get 'li' from the word 'chilli' and 'ce' from 'century', making the itchy word 'lice'! Did you know that there are one hundred years in a century and one hundred runs in a century scored in a cricket match? What do you think the letters 'cent' might mean?
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

truck (rucksack) sacks, cover (___) headband

 

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
Overhead
EDDIE SAYS
Look out, it's overhead! Just kidding! In each group, the last four letters of the first word and the first four letters of the word after the brackets are joined to make a new word. This gives us 'over' from 'cover' and 'head' from 'headband', making the new word 'overhead'.
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

recording (ingest) estimate, caramel (___) tedious

 

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
Melted
EDDIE SAYS
This is a sweet question! 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. Don't worry if you are not sure of the meaning of any of the words that come up in these questions. You can always use a dictionary to look them up and you just follow the same rule to find the missing word: find the pattern!
  • Question 9

Nearly there, word wizard!

Here are groups of words:

 

purple (lean) angel,  lemon (___) certainly  

 

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
Once
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? In each group, the last two letters from the first word and the first two letters of the word after the brackets are joined to make a new word. Did you find it confusing because the letter combination 'on' sounded completely different in the two words? Don't worry if that happens - just find the pattern and apply it to the second pair of words!
  • Question 10

At last, the long-awaited final question!

Here are groups of words:

 

surprise (seal) always, complete (___) amaze

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Team
EDDIE SAYS
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 give us 'te' from 'complete' and 'am' from 'amaze', creating the new word 'team'. Now this activity is indeed complete! Hope you found it fun, word creator?
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