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Implement letter patterns to create new words.

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.

'Implement letter patterns to create new words.' 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! 

Hi again, word creator! Can you help us to solve the following questions? Ready? ...

Here are groups of words:

 

raisin (raised) sedimentary, shirts (____) verse

 

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 some more groups of words:

 

fine (neat) attendance, stampede (___) almost

 

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:

 

echo (hole) leopard,  moon (___) toolbox 

 

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:

 

motorbike (keep) asleep, witch (___) grin

 

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 through the worksheet now!

Here are pairs of words:

 

maze (make) take,  butter (___) churn

 

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:

 

planet (plod) odour, twelve (___) inside

 

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:

 

spring (sprays) trays,  spicy (___) calls

 

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:

 

coaster (termly) calmly, aisle (___) fudge 

 

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:

 

cheerful (cherry) sorry, happy (____) open

 

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

 

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

Welcome to the last question on this worksheet - did you enjoy it?

Here are groups of words:

 

golden (goldfish) fishing, pressure (____) singer

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

  • Question 1

Hi again, word creator! Can you help us to solve the following questions? Ready? ...

Here are groups of words:

 

raisin (raised) sedimentary, shirts (____) verse

 

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
Shiver
EDDIE SAYS
Well done for getting stuck into level three! How did you get on with this first question? 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 has given us 'shi' from 'shirts' and 'ver' from 'verse' and created the new word 'shiver'. Excellent word creating skills!
  • Question 2

Here are some more groups of words:

 

fine (neat) attendance, stampede (___) almost

 

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
Deal
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the pattern in this one? In each group, the last two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Remember you can look up tricky words in the dictionary and keep a wonderful word bank of them!
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

echo (hole) leopard,  moon (___) toolbox 

 

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
Onto
EDDIE SAYS
You don't need to go to the moon to find the answer to this question! In each group, the last 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 'on' from 'moon' and 'to' from 'toolbox', creating the tiny word 'onto'.
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

motorbike (keep) asleep, witch (___) grin

 

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
Chin
EDDIE SAYS
Grin if you got it! 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 the hang of it?
  • Question 5

Halfway through the worksheet now!

Here are pairs of words:

 

maze (make) take,  butter (___) churn

 

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
Burn
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one this because letters are being taken from the beginning and end of words. In each group, the first 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 'bu' from 'butter' and 'rn' from 'churn', which go together to make 'burn'.
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

planet (plod) odour, twelve (___) inside

 

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
Twin
EDDIE SAYS
Take the 't' off twin and you win! Just kidding! 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. Hopefully, you are getting more confident with these questions now.
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

spring (sprays) trays,  spicy (___) calls

 

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
Spills
EDDIE SAYS
A spicy one! In each group, the first 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 the word 'spills' made from 'spi' (from spicy) and 'lls' (from calls).
  • Question 8

Nearly there, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

coaster (termly) calmly, aisle (___) fudge 

 

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
Sledge
EDDIE SAYS
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 the word 'sledge'. Do you know what the word 'aisle' means? You could push your supermarket trolley up the aisle of the shop to buy some fudge. Yummy!
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

cheerful (cherry) sorry, happy (____) open

 

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
Happen
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the first three letters from the first word and the last three letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. Happy times - you're nearly at the end of this activity!
  • Question 10

Welcome to the last question on this worksheet - did you enjoy it?

Here are groups of words:

 

golden (goldfish) fishing, pressure (____) singer

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Pressing
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find this last pattern? 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. Well done superstar word creator, you've completed this activity!
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