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Identify 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.

'Identify 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!

Ready, steady, go word scrambler!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Leaf, Leaves], [Shelf, _______ ]

 

oak leaf

 

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

 

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

Another challenge for you to get your teeth into!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Bounty, Bountiful], [Beauty, _________ ]

   

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

 

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

Here are groups of words:

 

[Happy, Happily], [Funny, _______ ]

 

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:

 

[Dance, Dancing], [Taste, _______ ]

 

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:

 

[Worried, Worry], [Carried, _____ ]

 

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

 

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

Here are groups of words:

 

[Flies, Fly], [Cries, ___ ]

 

bird flying

 

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

 

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

Here are groups of words:

 

[Time, Timing], [Shine, _______ ]

 

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:

 

[Messily, Messy], [Easily, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[Half, Halves], [Hoof, ______ ]

 

horse legs

 

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.

Here are groups of words:

 

[Life, Lives], [Safe, _____ ]

 

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

Ready, steady, go word scrambler!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Leaf, Leaves], [Shelf, _______ ]

 

oak leaf

 

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
Shelves
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and the letters 'v', 'e' and 's' added. In this question, the second word is also a plural of the first. Did you get that one?
  • Question 2

Another challenge for you to get your teeth into!

Here are groups of words:

 

[Bounty, Bountiful], [Beauty, _________ ]

   

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Beautiful
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and the letters 'i, 'f', 'u' and 'l' added at the end. This has changed the nouns of bounty and beauty into adjectives.
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[Happy, Happily], [Funny, _______ ]

 

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
Funnily
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and the letters 'i', 'l' and 'y' added. Isn't the word 'funnily' a strange one - it almost doesn't sound like a real word!
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[Dance, Dancing], [Taste, _______ ]

 

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
Tasting
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and the suffix 'ing' added. Let's take a look at the next one ... quickly, click on the next question!
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Worried, Worry], [Carried, _____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Carry
EDDIE SAYS
The word has got shorter this time! The second word in each group has had the word ending 'ied' removed and replaced with the letter 'y'.
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[Flies, Fly], [Cries, ___ ]

 

bird flying

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Cry
EDDIE SAYS
Don't cry! You're nearly at the end of this worksheet!! The second word in each group has had the word ending 'ies' removed and the letter 'y' added.
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

[Time, Timing], [Shine, _______ ]

 

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
Shining
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and the letters 'ing' added. Super!
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

[Messily, Messy], [Easily, ____ ]

 

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
Easy
EDDIE SAYS
Is that how you found this question - EASY?! The second word in each group has had the word ending 'ily' removed and replaced with the letter 'y'.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Half, Halves], [Hoof, ______ ]

 

horse legs

 

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
Hooves
EDDIE SAYS
It's those dreaded plurals again! The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and replaced with the word ending 'ves'. One question to go!
  • Question 10

Here are groups of words:

 

[Life, Lives], [Safe, _____ ]

 

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
Saves
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the last two letters removed and the word ending 'ves' added. The last question is now done, word scrambler! Hope you had fun!
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