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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 now.

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 with 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!

Welcome, word detective!

 

Here are two groups of words:

 

[band, land]

[bend, ____ ]

 

One child playing drums another playing a guitar

 

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:

 

[train, brain]

[tears, ____ ]

 

Green steam train

 

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

 

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

Review the word suspects below:

 

[place, plane]

[twice, ____ ]

 

A jet plane

 

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

 

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

Look at the new dastardly duo of words below:

 

[roams, roads]

[holes, ____ ]

 

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. 

Check out the sneaky word pairings below:

 

[crown, clown]

[chose, ____ ]

 

Colourful clown juggling

 

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. 

Check out the pairings below:

 

[mango, tango]

[roast, ____ ]

 

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 your next groups of words:

 

[debt, dent]

[code, ____ ]

 

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.  

You're nearly there, word detective!

 

Consider these words now:

 

[tries, trims]

[wares, ____ ]

 

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 groups of words:

 

[funny, sunny]

[fleet, ____ ]

 

Buttercups in a sunny meadow

 

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. 

For the last time... here are your final groups of words:

 

[lamps, lambs]

[comes, ____ ]

 

White lamb

 

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

Welcome, word detective!

 

Here are two groups of words:

 

[band, land]

[bend, ____ ]

 

One child playing drums another playing a guitar

 

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
Lend
EDDIE SAYS
You're off the mark, word detective! In each pair, the first letter in the first word has been changed from a b to an l to make the new second word. Did you spot that first clue to crack this case detective? Let's try another challenge now...
  • Question 2

Here are two new groups of words:

 

[train, brain]

[tears, ____ ]

 

Green steam train

 

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
Bears
EDDIE SAYS
This time, the first letter in the first word has been changed from a t to a b to make the new second word. Are you starting to get the hang of these now?
  • Question 3

Review the word suspects below:

 

[place, plane]

[twice, ____ ]

 

A jet plane

 

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
Twine
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one here, as our change was not involving the first letters. In each pair, the fourth letter in the first word has been changed from a c to an n to make the new second word. Do you know the word 'twine'? It is a synonym for the word string and is often used in the garden to tie up your climbing plants and runner beans! Add 'twine' to your personal word log now if you are not familiar with this word.
  • Question 4

Look at the new dastardly duo of words below:

 

[roams, roads]

[holes, ____ ]

 

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
Holds
EDDIE SAYS
This time, the fourth letter in the first word has been changed to a d to make the new second word. Wowser, these letters are jumping around, aren't they? Hopefully, you are keeping track of these sneaky moving letters so far!
  • Question 5

Check out the sneaky word pairings below:

 

[crown, clown]

[chose, ____ ]

 

Colourful clown juggling

 

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
Close
EDDIE SAYS
In these pairs, the second letter in the first word has been changed to an l to make the new second word. You're halfway through already detective, well done!
  • Question 6

Check out the pairings below:

 

[mango, tango]

[roast, ____ ]

 

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
Toast
EDDIE SAYS
In this case, the first letter in the first word has been changed to a t to make the new second word. We hope all this food isn't making you hungry - mango and toast - yum! Let's keep on word unscrambling!
  • Question 7

Here are your next groups of words:

 

[debt, dent]

[code, ____ ]

 

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
Cone
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot our changing letter in the third position here? In each pair, the third letter in the first word has been changed to an n to make the new second word.
  • Question 8

You're nearly there, word detective!

 

Consider these words now:

 

[tries, trims]

[wares, ____ ]

 

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
Warms
EDDIE SAYS
In this case, the fourth letter in the first word has been changed from an e to an m to make the new second word. Are you WARMing up with these challenges now detective?
  • Question 9

Here are your penultimate groups of words:

 

[funny, sunny]

[fleet, ____ ]

 

Buttercups in a sunny meadow

 

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
Sleet
EDDIE SAYS
In these pairs, the first letter in the first word has been changed from an f to an s to make the new second word. Only one mystery left to solve now detective!
  • Question 10

For the last time... here are your final groups of words:

 

[lamps, lambs]

[comes, ____ ]

 

White lamb

 

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
Combs
EDDIE SAYS
Our final challenge is here already! In each pair, the fourth letter in the first word has been changed to a b to make the new second word. Well done for all your word wizardry, you've now completed this activity! You can now spot a pattern in changing single letters, which are positioned anywhere in a word, then apply this to find a missing word.
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