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Implement letter position 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 position 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! 

How do you feel about another worksheet? Are you up for another challenge, word creator?

You know what to do by now! Here are groups of words:

 

dirham (hamper) goalkeeper, poured (____) olden,

 

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:

 

great (grab) minicab,  clover (____) pictogram

   

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:

 

parsnips (pardon) abandon,  coronation(___) partner

 

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:

 

paella (late) terrific,  comrade (___) emerging

 

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:

 

module (modern) discern,  gargoyle (____) extinguish

 

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

 

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

You've passed the halfway mark, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

consequence (consider) embroider,  principle (____) resulting

 

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:

 

complacent (enters) scampers,  exuberant (___) genetics

 

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:

 

direction (onto) tortoise,  emulate (____)ample

 

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:

 

started (stared) poured ,  moderation (____)granule

 

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 very last question for you, word creator

Here are groups of words:

 

pillow (pile) learning,  tubular (___) bellowing

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

  • Question 1

How do you feel about another worksheet? Are you up for another challenge, word creator?

You know what to do by now! Here are groups of words:

 

dirham (hamper) goalkeeper, poured (____) olden,

 

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
Redden
EDDIE SAYS
We've got the ball rolling! 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. Was the word 'dirham' new to you? Remember that you can always look up words in the dictionary if you are not sure of their meaning. Since I am feeling generous on this occasion, I'll tell you that it is a unit of currency used in Morocco. Don't be put off by coming across an unknown word - just find the pattern in the first group and apply it to the second group of words.
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

great (grab) minicab,  clover (____) pictogram

   

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
Clam
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get the pattern? In each group, the first two letters of the first word and the last two letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. Great!
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

parsnips (pardon) abandon,  coronation(___) partner

 

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
Corner
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? In each group, the first three letters of the first word and the last three letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. Are you ready for another one?
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

paella (late) terrific,  comrade (___) emerging

 

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
Deem
EDDIE SAYS
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. Terrific word creating!
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

module (modern) discern,  gargoyle (____) extinguish

 

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
Garish
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get 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. This gives us the 'gar' of 'gargoyle' and the 'ish' of 'extinguish' to create the word 'garish'. Garish is an adjective to describe something that is flashy and over-bright.
  • Question 6

You've passed the halfway mark, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

consequence (consider) embroider,  principle (____) resulting

 

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
Printing
EDDIE SAYS
Fab effort! 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. The words are getting longer but the way to solve the puzzle remains the same - find the pattern for the first pair and apply it to the second pair. Simple, isn't it?
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

complacent (enters) scampers,  exuberant (___) genetics

 

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
Antics
EDDIE SAYS
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. There's probably a few unfamiliar words here, so don't forget to look them up in a dictionary if you're not sure what they mean.
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

direction (onto) tortoise,  emulate (____)ample

 

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
Team
EDDIE SAYS
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. Keep going, you're almost finished, word creator!
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

started (stared) poured ,  moderation (____)granule

 

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
Module
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the first three letters from the first word and the last three letters of the third word have been made into a new word. This has given us the word 'module' from 'mod' as in moderation and 'ule' as from 'granule'. Sweet!
  • Question 10

The very last question for you, word creator

Here are groups of words:

 

pillow (pile) learning,  tubular (___) bellowing

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Tube
EDDIE SAYS
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 was quite a challenging final question, wasn't it. Well done for completing this set of worksheets, word creator!
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