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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!

Are you ready for another challenge, word scrambler?

Here are groups of words:

 

[Spear, Pears], [Spot, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

Let's try another one.

Here are groups of words:

 

[Miles, Smile], [Hears, _____ ]

   

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:

 

[Size, Sizable], [Love, _______ ]

 

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:

 

[Iced, Dice], [Mite, ____ ]

 

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. 

You're getting there, word detective!

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Mighty, Mightily], [Cheeky, ________ ]

 

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:

 

[Ambition, Ambitious], [Suspicion, __________ ]

 

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:

 

[Untie, Ties], [Unroll, _____ ]

 

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:

 

[Screw, Scream], [Drew, _____ ]

 

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:

 

[Hastily, Hasty], [Scruffily, _______ ]

 

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:

 

[Beak, Book], [Speak, _____ ]

 

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

Are you ready for another challenge, word scrambler?

Here are groups of words:

 

[Spear, Pears], [Spot, ____ ]

 

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
Pots
EDDIE SAYS
First question, how did you get on? The second word in each group has had the first letter moved to the end of the word. The word still has the same number of letters in it.
  • Question 2

Let's try another one.

Here are groups of words:

 

[Miles, Smile], [Hears, _____ ]

   

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
Shear
EDDIE SAYS
The letters are moving about! The second word in each group has had the last letter moved to the front of the word. Did you spot that?
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[Size, Sizable], [Love, _______ ]

 

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
Lovable
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and the suffix 'able' added.
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[Iced, Dice], [Mite, ____ ]

 

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
Emit
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the last letter moved to the start of the word. The number of letters in each word stays the same. You're doing well, word detective!
  • Question 5

You're getting there, word detective!

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Mighty, Mightily], [Cheeky, ________ ]

 

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
Cheekily
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and replaced with the group of letters 'ily'. You're halfway through now, keep going!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[Ambition, Ambitious], [Suspicion, __________ ]

 

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
Suspicious
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and replaced with the letters 'u' and 's'. In both cases, this has changed a noun into an adjective.
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

[Untie, Ties], [Unroll, _____ ]

 

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
Rolls
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group had the prefix 'un' removed and the letter 's' added at the end. You're on a ROLL too!
  • Question 8

Here are groups of words:

 

[Screw, Scream], [Drew, _____ ]

 

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
Dream
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this question? The second word in each group has had the last letter removed and the word ending 'am' added.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Hastily, Hasty], [Scruffily, _______ ]

 

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
Scruffy
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the word ending 'ily' removed and replaced with the letter 'y' so the word gets shorter. It has changed an adverb into an adjective! One question to go!
  • Question 10

Here are groups of words:

 

[Beak, Book], [Speak, _____ ]

 

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
Spook
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the letters 'ea' replaced with 'oo'. Well done for completing this activity, word scrambler!
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