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Implement letter positioning patterns to create new words.

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

'Implement letter positioning patterns to create new words.' 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, word creator?  Here we go!

 

Here are groups of words:

 

blouse (useful) careful, treacle (___) beaver

 

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:

 

grandad (grates) concentrates,  fascinating (___) quarter

   

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:

 

gradually (graduate) evaluate, chimpanzee (___) journeys

 

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

 

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

Nearly halfway!

Here are groups of words:

 

sweetcorn (swedes) comrades, peculiar (___) liked

 

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 pairs of words:

 

caramel (melted) tedious, confuse (____) fulfilled

 

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:

 

origami (original ) final,  studded (____) events

 

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

 

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

Nearly there, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

styled (stun) university,  machines (____) shortage

 

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:

 

boisterous (boiled) controlled,  jumping (____) whisper

 

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:

 

thrilling (throat) gloat,  spectacular (____) comprehends

 

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 it is - the last question of the activity.

Here are groups of words:

 

resulting (real) altogether,  melancholy (____) already

 

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, word creator?  Here we go!

 

Here are groups of words:

 

blouse (useful) careful, treacle (___) beaver

 

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
Clever
EDDIE SAYS
Were you clever enough to find the pattern in this question? Clever stuff! In each group, the last three letters of the first word and the last three letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word.
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

grandad (grates) concentrates,  fascinating (___) quarter

   

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
Faster
EDDIE SAYS
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. There are a mixture of word merges in this activity! How did you get on with it?
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

gradually (graduate) evaluate, chimpanzee (___) journeys

 

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
Chimneys
EDDIE SAYS
Getting there? In each group, the first four letters of the first word and the last four letters of the third word are joined to make a new word - 'chimneys'. Are you feeling more confident with these now?
  • Question 4

Nearly halfway!

Here are groups of words:

 

sweetcorn (swedes) comrades, peculiar (___) liked

 

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
Pecked
EDDIE SAYS
Hope you liked this 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. Are you ready for another challenge?
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

caramel (melted) tedious, confuse (____) fulfilled

 

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
Useful
EDDIE SAYS
Useful stuff! In each group, the last three letters of the first word and the first three letters of the third word have been joined to make a very 'useful' new word!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

origami (original ) final,  studded (____) events

 

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
Students
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! In each group, the first four letters of the first word and the last four letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. In this question, we are left with 'stud' from 'studded' and 'ents' from 'events', to create the words 'students'.
  • Question 7

Nearly there, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

styled (stun) university,  machines (____) shortage

 

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
Mash
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find this one a bit easier? A four letter word this time! In each group, the first two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. You have made 'mash' using the 'ma' from 'machines' and the 'sh' from 'shortage'. Hopefully, there will be no shortage of mash!
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

boisterous (boiled) controlled,  jumping (____) whisper

 

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
Jumper
EDDIE SAYS
Jumping jacks! In each group, the last two letters of the first word and the first two letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. This has given us the word 'jumper', using 'jum' from 'jumping' and 'per' from 'whisper'. Terrific word creating going on here!
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

thrilling (throat) gloat,  spectacular (____) comprehends

 

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
Spends
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 'spends'. Almost done, now for the last one!
  • Question 10

Here it is - the last question of the activity.

Here are groups of words:

 

resulting (real) altogether,  melancholy (____) already

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Meal
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find this last one easy? 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 now completed this activity, word creator, what a legend!
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