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Add Two Letters to Make a Word Using Context

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing last letter in a word. They will use the context of the given sentence to help them. It will develop students’ comprehension, spelling and problem solving skills.

'Add Two Letters to Make a Word Using Context ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Partial Word

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi, word detective!

Our letter thief has been at it again!

 

The thief has stolen two letters from a word, but they have left a clue behind to help us figure out what the word is.

 

The clue is a synonym, which is a word with a very similar meaning.

 

Let’s have a look at the partial word:

 

Synonym Partial Word
halt ST_ _

 

The word has had two of its letters removed.

What could these letters be?

 

The stolen letters are OP and the word is STOP.

 

policeman

 

 

 

Here is another word with missing letters:

FO _ _

 

This time the thief has left behind a different kind of clue:

 

Clue Partial Word
Something you eat FO_ _

 

What could the missing letters be?

 

The missing letters are OD and the word is FOOD.

 

porridge

 

In this activity, you will be a word detective and work out the missing letters in a partial word.

 

The thief has left you a clue or a synonym for each word; this will help you to work out what the word is.

 

Psst! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

You can use a thesaurus to help you if you get stuck.

 

Good luck locating those missing letters!

Look at this sentence:

 

I __apped a present for my sister. 

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

Look at this sentence:

 

Jenny couldn't find her PE __t

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

Look at this sentence:

 

I __t on suncream before I went outside. 

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

Look at this sentence:

 

I am making a model of a boat for my school pro__ct

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

Look at this sentence:

 

The museum was filled with interesting o__ects

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

 

Look at this sentence:

 

The ki__en was very playful.

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

Look at this sentence:

 

The elephant at the zoo was as h__e as a house! 

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

Look at this sentence:

 

I felt th__sty after I had finished the race. 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

Look at this sentence:

 

Anna and Raj are going ice skating la__r.

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

Look at this sentence:

 

I was excited to have w__ the competition. 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

I __apped a present for my sister. 

 

 

One of the words in this sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

CORRECT ANSWER
wr
EDDIE SAYS
What actions could we perform with the noun 'present'? We could 'choose' or 'buy' a present, but these options do not fit with the letters __apped. The missing letters wr can be added at the start to make the word wrapped. Use the rest of the sentence to help you figure out what the missing word could be detective - are you ready to try another?
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

Jenny couldn't find her PE __t

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

CORRECT ANSWER
ki
EDDIE SAYS
Jenny cannot find something, so we know we are looking for a word which is a noun. Which word could accompany the adjective 'PE'? It makes most sense for the missing letters ki to make the word kit. A word such as set could be created by adding different letter options, and this could make sense in the sentence too, although it is not a common sentence to hear. On occasions like this, we don't just need to find a correct answer, we need to find the best possible answer. Be sure to keep this in mind moving forwards detective.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

I __t on suncream before I went outside. 

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

CORRECT ANSWER
pu
EDDIE SAYS
Great try - you're doing really well! What do we usually do with 'sunscreen'? The missing letters pu can be added to make the verb put. Word options such as met or set could be created, but would not make sense in this sentence.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

I am making a model of a boat for my school pro__ct

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

CORRECT ANSWER
je
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'school' gives us a big clue here, as does the verb 'making'. The missing letters je make the word project. A word such as product could be created but would not make sense in the sentence. Remember, we are not just looking for any suspect super sleuth, we are looking for the actual culprit!
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

The museum was filled with interesting o__ects

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
bj
EDDIE SAYS
What are museums usually filled with? The missing letters bj can be inserted to make the word object. Words like 'artefacts' would also work in meaning, but do not match the starting letters provided.
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

The ki__en was very playful.

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

CORRECT ANSWER
tt
EDDIE SAYS
Here we are looking for something which is very playful. The use of this adjective hints to us that this must be something which is alive, like a person or thing. The missing letters tt create the word kitten, which seems like a perfect fit! Do you have any pets? If not, would you like one?
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

The elephant at the zoo was as h__e as a house! 

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

CORRECT ANSWER
ug
EDDIE SAYS
This sentence uses a simile, which is a comparison using the word 'like' or 'as'. Here, an elephant is being compare to a house, but the missing word is the one which describes the feature that they both have in common. The missing letters ug make the word huge. Elephants and houses are both 'huge', aren't they?! Options such as have or hope could be created with this letter combination, but would not be correct as they do not make sense in the sentence. What's your favourite animal at the zoo?
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

I felt th__sty after I had finished the race. 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

CORRECT ANSWER
ir
EDDIE SAYS
How do you feel after you have finished a race? Adding the missing letters ir makes the word thirsty, which is probably how you would feel! Only one challenge to go word detective; let's see what it is...
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

Anna and Raj are going ice skating la__r.

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

CORRECT ANSWER
te
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word is not so essential in this sentence, as it already makes sense without it. Therefore, the missing word must be an adjective or adverb which adds extra detail, but does not affect the overall meaning of the sentence. The missing letters te make the word later once they are added. Great job on this activity, word detective! You can now use context clues and sentence rules to help you find missing pairs of letters - your skills are developing!
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

I was excited to have w__ the competition. 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had two of its letters taken away.

 

Type the two letters below which have been removed from the word in bold. 

CORRECT ANSWER
on
EDDIE SAYS
What would you be excited about, relating to a competition? If you won, of course! Here we have a tricky choice: Shall we add in to make win, or on to make won? The tense of the sentence is essential here. The words 'was excited' tells us that this event has happened in the past, so we need to use the letters on, to make the word won. Always remember that the tense of the sentence can be a huge clue to help us crack the case!
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