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Identify the Complex 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.

'Identify the Complex 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!

Here's another tasty challenge for you, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Part, Pelt], [Moat, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Pear, Pour], [Year, ____ ]

   

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:

 

[Tours, Toast], [Roars, _____ ]

 

toaster

 

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:

 

[Same, Come], [Wire, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Plait, Plate], [Grass, _____ ]

 

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:

 

[Forage, Forest], [Honour, ______ ]

 

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

 

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

Nearly there, word scrambler!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Stand, Stood], [Gleam, _____ ]

 

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:

 

[Pane, Pins], [Wane, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Glue, Glow] [Crab, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Wear, Lead], [Hair, ____ ]

 

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

Here's another tasty challenge for you, word detective!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Part, Pelt], [Moat, ____ ]

 

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
Melt
EDDIE SAYS
Two letters have been changed this time! The second word in each group has had the second and third letters changed to 'e' and 'l'. Remember the letters that are changed may not always be next to each other in the word!
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

[Pear, Pour], [Year, ____ ]

   

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
Your
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The second word in each group has had the second and third letters changed to 'o' and 'u'. If you find these challenging, try writing down each letter, one at a time, and see how it has changed from the first word.
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[Tours, Toast], [Roars, _____ ]

 

toaster

 

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
Roast
EDDIE SAYS
Fab effort! The second word in each group has had the last two letters changed to 's' and 't'.
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[Same, Come], [Wire, ____ ]

 

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
Core
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the first two letters changed to 'c' and 'o'. Let's see the next one!
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Plait, Plate], [Grass, _____ ]

 

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
Grate
EDDIE SAYS
Great! The second word in each group has had the last two letters changed to 't' and 'e'. They're getting harder, aren't they?
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[Forage, Forest], [Honour, ______ ]

 

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
Honest
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the last three letters changed to 'e', 's' and 't'. Keep going, you're getting there!
  • Question 7

Nearly there, word scrambler!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Stand, Stood], [Gleam, _____ ]

 

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
Gloom
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one? The second word in each group has had the third and fourth letters changed to 'o' and 'o'.
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

[Pane, Pins], [Wane, ____ ]

 

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
Wins
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one - did you win this one?! The second word in each group has had the second and fourth letters changed to 'i' and 's.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Glue, Glow] [Crab, ____ ]

 

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
Crow
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the last two letters changed to 'o' and 'w'. Wow - that was a hard one!
  • Question 10

Here are groups of words:

 

[Wear, Lead], [Hair, ____ ]

 

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
Laid
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the first and last letters changed to 'l' and 'd'. This activity is now done - hope you had lots of fun!
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