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Add Three Letters to Make a Word Using Context

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing letters 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 Three 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 there, word detective!

 

We have a letter thief among us!

 

Someone has been stealing letters and we’re going to try our hardest to work out which letters have been stolen.

 

For example, look at the following partial word:

CIN_ _ _

 

It’s had three of its letters stolen!

 

Now look at it as part of a sentence:

I watched a film at the CIN_ _ _.

 

You can use the rest of the sentence to work out what the word is.

 

The stolen letters are EMA and the full word is CINEMA.

 

 

I watched a film at the CINEMA.

 

 

 

Let’s try another challenge now.

 

Which letters have been stolen from the partial word in this sentence?

I ate my favourite pizza at the RESTAUR_ _ _.

 

The missing letters are ANT and the full word is RESTAURANT.

 

Did you get that?

 


 

 

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

 

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

Say the sentence and the partial word out loud.

 

Good luck, word detective!

Look at this sentence:

 

I c___bed up the hill. 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

Look at this sentence:

 

The pirate looked at his ___asure map. 

 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

Look at this sentence:

 

My baby brother is learning how to ___wl.

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

Look at this sentence:

 

The mon___r was covered in purple fur. 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

Look at this sentence:

 

Snow lay on the g___nd like a thick blanket. 

 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

Look at this sentence:

 

Ashraf bought a ___f of bread from the bakery. 

 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

Look at this sentence:

 

The chi___en did some colouring in. 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

Look at this sentence:

 

The door creaked ___dly

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

Look at this sentence:

 

The snake slithered through the ___gle

 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

Look at this sentence:

 

There is a beautiful rose bush in my ___den

 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

I c___bed up the hill. 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
lim
EDDIE SAYS
If you get to the top of a hill, which verb describes your achievement? Remember, that it starts with cl-... The word is climbed so the missing three letters are lim. A word such as clubbed could be created by adding different letters, but would not be correct, as it does not make sense in this sentence.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

The pirate looked at his ___asure map. 

 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
tre
EDDIE SAYS
Ahoy there, matey! What type of map would a pirate look at? A treasure map, of course! So the missing letters are tre. A word such as pleasure could be created, but would not make sense in this sentence.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

My baby brother is learning how to ___wl.

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
cra
EDDIE SAYS
What type of actions do babies perform? The missing letters cra can be added to make the word crawl. A word such as trawl would not make sense in this sentence, so cannot be the correct answer.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

The mon___r was covered in purple fur. 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
ste
EDDIE SAYS
What type of creature could be covered with purple fur? Did you work this one out? Purple fur is not usually seen in the natural kingdom, so we can be fairly confident that this is not a real animal. The missing letters ste can be inserted to make the word monster. There are very few other words that could be made here by adding different letters. Moniker is one, which is another word for name, so would have no relevance in this context. Remember to find a word that fits the letters and then check it fits with the rest of the sentence.
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

Snow lay on the g___nd like a thick blanket. 

 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
rou
EDDIE SAYS
Brrr! It's cold! Where does snow usually lay, once it has fallen? The missing letters rou are part of the word ground. Remember to use the rest of the sentence to help you find the missing word detective.
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

Ashraf bought a ___f of bread from the bakery. 

 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
loa
EDDIE SAYS
We can see the singular letter 'a' before the missing word, and the words 'of bread' after it. Words like 'slice' often accompany the word 'bread', but we need to consider how we usually buy bread - do we buy a slice? No, we buy a loaf! The missing letters loa can be added in the gap to create the word loaf. A word such as beef could be created, but would not make sense in this sentence. It's really important to read the sentence once you have decided upon your answer. That way, you can be extra sure that it makes sense.
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

The chi___en did some colouring in. 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
ldr
EDDIE SAYS
Who usually colours in? The missing letters ldr make the word children. Keep up the great work, word wizard - you are almost done!
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

The door creaked ___dly

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
lou
EDDIE SAYS
The -ly ending at the end of the mystery word, lets us know that we are looking for an adverb. Think about the manner in which a door could creak - any ideas? The missing letters lou are part of the word loudly. A word such as deadly does not fit with the meaning of the rest of the sentence, but could be created using different letters. Keep going; you're doing really well!
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

The snake slithered through the ___gle

 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
jun
EDDIE SAYS
Where could a snake be slithering? It's not usual to see them in a house or a town, so we are probably looking for a word related to nature. Adding the letters jun allows us to create the word jungle. That makes perfect sense, doesn't it? It would be pretty scary to see a snake even in the jungle, wouldn't it?!
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

There is a beautiful rose bush in my ___den

 

 

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

 

Type the three letters which have been removed into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
gar
EDDIE SAYS
Where would you find a rose bush? In a garden, of course! The missing letters gar are part of the word garden. You've completed the final challenge - congratulations! You can now add up to three letters into a mystery word to create a complete word, which makes sense in the context of the rest of a sentence.
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