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Add Four 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 Four 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 four 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
child IN____

 

The word has had four of its letters removed.

 

What could these letters be?

 

 

The stolen letters are FANT and the word is INFANT.

 

 

 

Here is another word with missing letters:

B_ _ _ _ FAST

 

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

 

Clue Partial Word
The first meal of the day B____FAST

 

What could the missing letters be?

 

 

The missing letters are REAK and the word is BREAKFAST.

 

 

 

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:

 

Their puzzle contained one ____red pieces. 

 

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

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

The knight rode on his h____

 

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

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

The ladybird crawled into my shirt s____e.

 

 

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

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

The rabbit nibbled the crunchy ____ot stick. 

 

 

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

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

The cave was dark and g____y.

 

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

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

The garden was filled with p____s and flowers. 

 

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

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

A lot of people were shopping so the supermarket was very cr____d

 

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

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

She opened the cupboard door and looked ____de.

 

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

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

I am g____ to the funfair on Sunday. 

 

 

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

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

I will follow the re____ to make cupcakes. 

 

 

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

 

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

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

Their puzzle contained one ____red pieces. 

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
hund
EDDIE SAYS
These are getting trickier as more letters are being removed, aren't they? Don't worry, just continue to use the context of the rest of the sentence to help you. This sentence is talking about a 'puzzle' containing 'pieces', so it makes sense that the mystery word is a number - any thoughts now? The missing letters are hund, as the puzzle contained one hundred pieces. Make sure that your answer makes sense in the sentence - a word, such as starred, could be created by adding different letters, but it would be wrong because it doesn't make sense.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

The knight rode on his h____

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
orse
EDDIE SAYS
What do knights ride on? A horse, of course! The missing letters to create this word are orse. Did you work this one out? Options such as house or hotel would be wrong, because they do not make fit with the rest of this sentence.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

The ladybird crawled into my shirt s____e.

 

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
leev
EDDIE SAYS
Where could a ladybird crawl, which has the word 'shirt' placed before it? Adding the missing letters leev makes the word sleeve. That makes sense, doesn't it? A word such as stance could be created but would not fit.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

The rabbit nibbled the crunchy ____ot stick. 

 

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
carr
EDDIE SAYS
What do rabbits love to eat? The missing letters carr can be added to make the word carrot. A word, such as parrot, could be created by adding different letters, but that would be crazy, wouldn't it?
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

The cave was dark and g____y.

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
loom
EDDIE SAYS
The -y ending at the end of the mystery word, hints that we are looking for an adjective. Which other word could be linked to 'dark', which would describe a cave? The letters loom can be inserted to make the word gloomy, which fits well, doesn't it? A word, such as grainy, would not be correct as it does not make sense in this sentence. That's fantastic progress - you're halfway through this activity already!
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

The garden was filled with p____s and flowers. 

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
lant
EDDIE SAYS
This time our mystery word accompanies the phrase 'and flowers' and is found in a 'garden' - any ideas? The missing letters lant can make the word plants. Other word options, such as planks, would not be a good pairing with flowers!
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

A lot of people were shopping so the supermarket was very cr____d

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
owde
EDDIE SAYS
This is a tricky one, as the missing letters this time are challenging to spell correctly. If there are a lot of people shopping, how could we describe the supermarket? The missing letters owde are part of the word crowded, which is the perfect adjective to describe such a scene. A word such as crushed would not make sense in the sentence, but would fit well in this scenario!
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

She opened the cupboard door and looked ____de.

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
insi
EDDIE SAYS
If you open a cupboard door, you then look.... where? The missing letters are insi and the word is inside. A word such as decide would not make sense. It is really important to double-check that the word you choose is the best possible fit in the sentence. What do you think she found in the cupboard then?
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

I am g____ to the funfair on Sunday. 

 

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
oing
EDDIE SAYS
The use of 'I am...' at the start of this sentence, tells us that we are looking for a verb in the present tense with the -ing ending. So we now have g__ing as our missing word. Does that help? The missing letters oing make the word going. A word like ghost might be spelt correctly but it needs to make sense in the sentence, which it doesn't here. Let's take a look at our final challenge now - great work!
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

I will follow the re____ to make cupcakes. 

 

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
cipe
EDDIE SAYS
What do you follow in order to make a cake? A recipe, of course! The missing letters cipe make the word recipe. Cupcakes, yum! That's another activity complete and you can now insert up to four letters into a mystery word - amazing!
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