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Form the Missing Word in a Scrambled Set

In this worksheet, students will work out a pattern involving changing single letters which are positioned anywhere in a word, then apply this to find a missing word. It will develop their problem solving and sequencing skills.

'Form the Missing Word in a Scrambled Set  ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Scrambles

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When people get tired they sometimes say their brains are scrambled!

 

Well, there is no room for that here, as we need your best brainpower to unscramble the following puzzle.

Challenge accepted, word detective?

 

Below are some pairs of words.

They each follow a special pattern and we need to find out what each pattern is!

 

You need to think about what the pattern is between the first two pairs, and then complete the third pair in the same way.

 

 


Let’s look at an example together.

What could be the special pattern below?

 

(appear, pears)          (return, turns)          (beside, ____ )            

           

    A green pear

 

Did you notice that the second word has had the first two letters removed and an -s added at the end?

 

This is our special pattern and we need to do the same to the word beside to find the missing word.

 

If we remove the be, we are left with side and then we need to add an s to get sides.

This makes our missing word SIDES.

 

So the complete set of words would be:

(appear, pears)     (return, turns)      (beside, sides)

 

 

 


Let's investigate another example now. 

 

Look at these word pairs.

Can you work out the special pattern to figure out which word comes next?

 

(scares, care)          (brains, rain)          (cabled, ____ )

 

Did you notice that the first and last letters are being removed each time?

 

We need to do the same for cabled and this gives us the answer ABLE.

 

So the complete set of words would be:

(scares, care)          (brains, rain)          (cabled, able)        

         

    A little girl in the rain in a yellow raincoat

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

Remember to check if any letters have been added or removed from the word.
 

In this activity, you will need to be a word detective and work out the missing word in a pair.

 

Let’s get started!

Are you ready to unscramble some words now, word detective? 

 

Here are two groups of words:

 

[tower, cower]

[sheer, ____ ]

 

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 two new groups of words:

 

[tear, fear]

[tour, ____ ]

 

Cartoon baby crying wildly

 

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 two new sets of suspects:

 

[plait, plain]

[chair, ____ ]

 

Blue, plastic chair

 

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

 

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

Consider these sneaky word pairs next: 

 

[tall, tell]

[call, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

Halfway there already!

 

Investigate these two groupings of words:

 

[rode, ride]

[mane, ____ ]

 

Brown horse saddled to ride

 

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 two new groups of words:

 

[brown, crown]

[toast, ____ ]

 

Single piece of white toast

 

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

 

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

Think about this new dastardly duo of words:

 

[make, male]

[take, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.  

Here are two new groups of words:

 

[beast, boast]

[bears, ____ ]

 

Large brown bear

 

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 your penultimate word groupings:

 

[beads, beans]

[leads, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two groups, find the missing word.

Welcome to your last mission, word detective!

 

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[shirt, short]

[shine, ____ ]

 

Checked ladies shirt

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

  • Question 1

Are you ready to unscramble some words now, word detective? 

 

Here are two groups of words:

 

[tower, cower]

[sheer, ____ ]

 

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
Cheer
EDDIE SAYS
Give yourself a CHEER if you got this first one! In each pair, the first letter in the first word has been changed to a c to make the new second word. Remember detective, letters can be changed, added or removed at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the word. Are you ready for another case to crack now, super sleuth?
  • Question 2

Here are two new groups of words:

 

[tear, fear]

[tour, ____ ]

 

Cartoon baby crying wildly

 

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
Four
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this one? In each pair, the first letter in the first word has been changed from a t to an f to make the new second word. Did you spot that key clue detective?
  • Question 3

Here are two new sets of suspects:

 

[plait, plain]

[chair, ____ ]

 

Blue, plastic chair

 

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
Chain
EDDIE SAYS
Fab effort so far! In each pair, the last letter in the first word has been changed to an n to make the new second word. Are you familiar with the word 'plait'? If you have long hair, this is the word to describe when it is woven into a single braid. If you are not familiar with this word, make a note of it now in your personal word log. You're doing well so far, word detective - keep up the great work!
  • Question 4

Consider these sneaky word pairs next: 

 

[tall, tell]

[call, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Cell
EDDIE SAYS
Here, the second letter in the first word has been changed from an a to an e to make the new second word. The tricky thing in the second pairing is that the starting c is pronounced differently in the two different words. Say each word aloud - do you see what we mean? Hopefully that sneaky change didn't catch you out!
  • Question 5

Halfway there already!

 

Investigate these two groupings of words:

 

[rode, ride]

[mane, ____ ]

 

Brown horse saddled to ride

 

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
Mine
EDDIE SAYS
In each pair, the second letter in the first word has been changed to an i to make the new second word. You're halfway through already; keep going!
  • Question 6

Here are two new groups of words:

 

[brown, crown]

[toast, ____ ]

 

Single piece of white toast

 

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
Coast
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of these now detective? In each pair, the first letter in the first word has been changed to a c to make the new second word. Remember to find the change in the first pair, define it in words which make sense to you, then apply it in the second set.
  • Question 7

Think about this new dastardly duo of words:

 

[make, male]

[take, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.  

CORRECT ANSWER
Tale
EDDIE SAYS
This time the third letter in the first word has been changed from a k to an l to make the new second word. Those changing letters are moving around, aren't they? Hopefully you are keeping up with them so far, word detective!
  • Question 8

Here are two new groups of words:

 

[beast, boast]

[bears, ____ ]

 

Large brown bear

 

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
Boars
EDDIE SAYS
Superstar effort! In each pair, the second letter in the first word has been changed from an e to an o to make the new second word. In our second pairing, this has changed our word from one animal to another - it's like a zoo here!
  • Question 9

Here are your penultimate word groupings:

 

[beads, beans]

[leads, ____ ]

 

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

 

Following the same pattern as the first two groups, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Leans
EDDIE SAYS
You're getting there! Here, the fourth letter in the first word has been changed from a d to an n to make the new second word. Only one more mission remains now detective!
  • Question 10

Welcome to your last mission, word detective!

 

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[shirt, short]

[shine, ____ ]

 

Checked ladies shirt

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Shone
EDDIE SAYS
In each pair, the third letter in the first word has been changed from an i to an o to make the new second word. Well done word unscrambler, you've completed this activity! You can now spot a pattern involving changing single letters which are positioned anywhere in a word, then apply this to find a missing word.
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