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Create 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.

'Create a new word using letter position 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 cartoon shop

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 off, word creator?

Here are groups of words:

 

banana (be) earring,  animal (___) meadow

 

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:

 

coffee (coat) attend,  towel (___) adrift

   

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:

 

winner (window) down,  similar (___) please

 

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:

 

pressing (pressure) surely,  takeaway (___) overall

 

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

 

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

You're halfway through this worksheet, word creator.

Here are pairs of words:

 

train (tram) ample, roses (___) amazing

 

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:

 

superb( supper) personality, delight (___) vests

 

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:

 

tracing (tracking) kingdom, worked (___) shopping

 

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:

 

walking (wallet) letter,  planet (___) iced

 

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:

 

cheerful (chin ) inside, clothing (___) apples

 

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

 

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

And here it is - what we've all been waiting for! The final question!

Here are groups of words:

 

fashionable (fasten) tents, fins (___) germs

 

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 off, word creator?

Here are groups of words:

 

banana (be) earring,  animal (___) meadow

 

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
Am
EDDIE SAYS
A short one to start with! Remember to find the pattern in the first group of words and then apply it to the second group. In each group, the first letter of the first word and the first letter of the third word (that is the one after the brackets) are joined to make a new word. That gives us the letter 'a' from 'animal' and 'm' from 'meadow' - put them together and we get the word 'am'. Did you get that one?
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

coffee (coat) attend,  towel (___) adrift

   

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
Toad
EDDIE SAYS
Did this one leap out at you?! In each group, the first two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. That gave us 'to' from 'towel' and 'ad' from 'adrift', which together made the word 'toad'!
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

winner (window) down,  similar (___) please

 

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
Simple
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, this question was simple enough! In each group, the first three letters of the first word and the first three letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Have you got the idea?
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

pressing (pressure) surely,  takeaway (___) overall

 

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
Takeover
EDDIE SAYS
A long word this time! In each group, the first four letters of the first word and the first four letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Did you think that it was the first five letters of 'pressing' and the first three letters of 'surely'? This would have given you 'pressure' but if you had applied the same rule to the other group of words ,you would have ended up with the word 'takeaove' - which is NOT a word!
  • Question 5

You're halfway through this worksheet, word creator.

Here are pairs of words:

 

train (tram) ample, roses (___) amazing

 

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
Roam
EDDIE SAYS
Amazing stuff! In each group, the first two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. This gives us 'ro' from 'roses' and 'am' from 'amazing', making the new word 'roam'. Do you know what the word 'roam' means? It is another word for wandering about without much of a plan of where you are going. Hopefully, that is not how you feel about this activity!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

superb( supper) personality, delight (___) vests

 

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
Delves
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, you had fun delving into this question! In each group, the first three letters of the first word and the first three letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Do you know the Beatrix Potter rhyme that goes 'He digs and he delves, you can see for yourselves, the mounds dug by Diggory Delvet!' What animal do you think it could be describing?
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

tracing (tracking) kingdom, worked (___) shopping

 

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
Workshop
EDDIE SAYS
Have you worked this one out?! In each group. the first four letters of the first word and the first four letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. You have created a new word - have you learned about compound words yet? This is an example of one!
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

walking (wallet) letter,  planet (___) iced

 

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
Plaice
EDDIE SAYS
This question is from another planet! In each group, the first three letters of the first word and the first three letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. This gives us 'pla' from 'planet' and 'ice' from 'iced' to create the word 'plaice'. This word is a homophone and this particular spelling of the word means a type of flat fish.
  • Question 9

Nearly there, word wizard!

Here are groups of words:

 

cheerful (chin ) inside, clothing (___) apples

 

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
Clap
EDDIE SAYS
Give yourself a round of applause if you got this one! In each group, the first two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. You've got only one final question to do - quickly move on to the last one!
  • Question 10

And here it is - what we've all been waiting for! The final question!

Here are groups of words:

 

fashionable (fasten) tents, fins (___) germs

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Finger
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this activity? In this final question, the first three letters of the first word and the first three letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Well done, word creator, you have completed this activity!
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