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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:  

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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 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 up for another challenge, word wizard?

Here are groups of words:

 

currant (antler) roller, refuse (___) hopeful

 

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:

 

sandwich (chop) mop,  pea (___) catch

   

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:

 

monster (sterling) calling,  pursuit (___) probable

 

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:

 

whisper (perish) relish, extra (___) marvel

 

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

 

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

Halfway there now!

Here are pairs of words:

 

scalp (alpine) fine, musical (___) revealed

 

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:

 

redo (does) tables,  vertigo (___) food

 

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:

 

limbo (boot) root, care (___) fast

 

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 creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

regret (return) churn,  star (___) forget

 

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:

 

salsa (said) solid,  owe (___) entertainment

 

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

 

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

The final question ... phew!

Here are groups of words:

 

underwater (waterproof) fireproof, profound (___) conversation

 

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 up for another challenge, word wizard?

Here are groups of words:

 

currant (antler) roller, refuse (___) hopeful

 

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
Useful
EDDIE SAYS
Good effort! In each group, the last three letters of the first word and the last three letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Did you get this one OK? Remember to always look for the pattern in the first group of words and then apply it to the mystery word.
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

sandwich (chop) mop,  pea (___) catch

   

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
Each
EDDIE SAYS
Did you catch the answer?! In each group, the last two letters of the first word and the last two letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. This gives us 'ea' from 'pea' and 'ch' from 'catch'. Great word creating!
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

monster (sterling) calling,  pursuit (___) probable

 

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
Suitable
EDDIE SAYS
A suitable solution! In each group, the last four letters of the first word and the last four letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Don't worry if some of the words are new to you in these questions - just find the pattern and you will be able to work out the missing word even if you don't know what it means! Of course, you should then look up any words that are new to you in a dictionary, so that you can extend your vocabulary!
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

whisper (perish) relish, extra (___) marvel

 

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
Travel
EDDIE SAYS
Let's marvel at the marvellous answer! In each group, the last three letters of the first word and the last three letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. It's magic really, isn't it?!
  • Question 5

Halfway there now!

Here are pairs of words:

 

scalp (alpine) fine, musical (___) revealed

 

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
Called
EDDIE SAYS
The answer is revealed! Did you get it? In each group, the last three letters of the first word and the last three letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. This gives us 'cal' from 'musical' and 'led' from 'revealed', which together make the word 'called'. Excellent word creating!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

redo (does) tables,  vertigo (___) food

 

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
Good
EDDIE SAYS
It's a good one! In each group, the last two letters of the first word and the last two letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Are you getting to grips with these puzzles? Remember to use a dictionary to look up any words that are new to you.
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

limbo (boot) root, care (___) fast

 

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
Rest
EDDIE SAYS
That was a fast one! In each group, the last two letters of the first word and the last two letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. This gives us 're' from 'care' and 'st' from 'fast', making the word 'rest'. Hopefully, you can manage to complete this worksheet before you need to take a rest!
  • Question 8

Nearly there, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

regret (return) churn,  star (___) forget

 

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
You're a star! In each group, the last three letters of the first word and the last three letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Did you get confused by the fact that the first word started with 're' as well as having 're' in the middle of it? Sometimes there can be repetition and it means that you have to be extra careful to make sure the pattern works for both groups of words.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

salsa (said) solid,  owe (___) entertainment

 

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
Went
EDDIE SAYS
An entertaining question! In each group, the last two letters from the first word and the last two letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. This creates the word 'went', using the 'we' from 'owe' and the 'nt' from the end of 'entertainment'. Last question coming up!
  • Question 10

The final question ... phew!

Here are groups of words:

 

underwater (waterproof) fireproof, profound (___) conversation

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Foundation
EDDIE SAYS
Knowledge is built on a strong foundation! In each group, the last five letters of the first word and the last five letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Hope you enjoyed this activity, word creator!
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