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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.

'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?

 

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, ____ )            

           

    a 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 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)        

         

    a little girl in the rain

 

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 back, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Band, Land], [Bend, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Train, Brain], [Tears, _____ ]

   

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:

 

[Place, Plane], [Twice, _____ ]

 

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.

Here are groups of words:

 

[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. 

Here are (some more!) pairs of words:

 

[Crown, Clown], [Chose, _____ ]

 

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 groups of words:

 

[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 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.  

Nearly done, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[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 groups of words:

 

[Funny, Sunny], [Fleet, _____ ]

 

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 groups of words:

 

[Lamps, Lambs], [Comes, _____ ]

 

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 back, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Band, Land], [Bend, ____ ]

 

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
Getting started! The second word in each group has had the first letter changed to an 'l' to make a new word.
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

[Train, Brain], [Tears, _____ ]

   

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
The second word in each group has had the first letter changed to a 'b' to make a new word. Let's take a look at the next one!
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[Place, Plane], [Twice, _____ ]

 

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! The second word in each group has had the fourth letter changed to an 'n' to make a new word. Do you know the word 'twine'? It is another word for string and is often used in the garden to tie up your climbing plants and runner beans!
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[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
Getting there! The second word in each group has had the fourth letter changed to a 'd' to make a new word.
  • Question 5

Here are (some more!) pairs of words:

 

[Crown, Clown], [Chose, _____ ]

 

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
The second word in each group has had the second letter changed to an 'l'. You're halfway through now, well done!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[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
The second word in each group has had the first letter changed to a 't' to make a new word. All this food is making me hungry - mango and toast - yum! Let's keep word scrambling!
  • Question 7

Here are 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 get this one? The second word in each group has had the third letter changed to an 'n' to make a new word.
  • Question 8

Nearly done, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[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
How did you get on? The second word in each group has had the fourth letters in each group changed to an 'm' to make a new word.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Funny, Sunny], [Fleet, _____ ]

 

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
The second word in each group has had the first letter in each word changed to an 's'. Let's keep going and take a look at the last one.
  • Question 10

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

 

[Lamps, Lambs], [Comes, _____ ]

 

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
The second word in each group has had the fourth letter changed to a 'b' to make a new word. Well done for all your word wizardry, you've now completed this activity!
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