Form the Missing Word in a Scrambled Set

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing word in a sequence of scrambled words. It will develop their problem solving and sequencing skills.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Scrambles

Difficulty level:

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?

Here 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:

What could be the special pattern below?

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

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 try another:

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)

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!

Another juicy worksheet for you, word scrambler!

Here are 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 groups of words:

[Tear, Fear], [Tour, ____ ]

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:

[Plait, Plain], [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.

Here are groups of words:

[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.

Here are pairs of words:

[Rode, Ride], [Mane, ____ ]

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:

[Brown, Crown], [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.

Here are groups 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 groups of words:

[Beast, Boast], [Bears, _____ ]

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:

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 the last question, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

[Shirt, Short], [Shine, _____ ]

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

Another juicy worksheet for you, word scrambler!

Here are 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.

Cheer
EDDIE SAYS
Give yourself a cheer if you got this one! The second word in each pair has had the first letter changed to a 'c' to make a new word. Remember, letters can be changed at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the word.
• Question 2

Here are groups of words:

[Tear, Fear], [Tour, ____ ]

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

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

Four
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The second word in each group has had the first letter changed to an 'f' to make a new word.
• Question 3

Here are groups of words:

[Plait, Plain], [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.

Chain
EDDIE SAYS
Fab effort! The second word in each group has had the last letter changed to an 'n' to make a new word. You're doing well, word detective!
• Question 4

Here are groups of words:

[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.

Cell
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each pair has had the second letter changed to an 'e' to make a new word. Let's take a look at the next one!
• Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

[Rode, Ride], [Mane, ____ ]

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

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

Mine
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the second letter changed to an 'i'. You're halfway through now, keep going!
• Question 6

Here are groups of words:

[Brown, Crown], [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.

Coast
EDDIE SAYS
Getting the hang of these? The second word in each group has had the first letter changed to a 'c'.
• Question 7

Here are groups 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.

Tale
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the third letter changed to an 'l' to make a new word. Let's take a look at the next one!
• Question 8

Here are groups of words:

[Beast, Boast], [Bears, _____ ]

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

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

Boars
EDDIE SAYS
Superstar effort! The second word in each group has had the second letter changed to an 'o' to make a new word. You've nearly finished this worksheet!
• Question 9

Here are groups of words:

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.

Leans
EDDIE SAYS
You're getting there! The second word in each group has had the fourth letter changed to an 'n' to make a new word. One more to go!
• Question 10

Welcome to the last question, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

[Shirt, Short], [Shine, _____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

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

Shone
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the third letter changed to an 'o' to make a new word. Well done word scrambler, you've completed this activity!
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