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Add 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 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

I N_ _ _ _

 

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 the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

The knight rode on his h____

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they? 

 

Look at this sentence:

 

The ladybird crawled into my shirt s____e.

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

The rabbit nibbled the crunchy ____ot stick. 

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

The cave was dark and g____y.

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

The garden was filled with p____s and flowers. 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

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

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

She opened the cupboard door and looked ____de.

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

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. What are they?

 

Look at this sentence:

 

I will follow the re____ to make cupcakes. 

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

Their puzzle contained one ____red pieces. 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
hund
EDDIE SAYS
That's the first one done! The missing letters are 'hund' and the puzzle contained one 'hundred' pieces. Make sure that your answer makes sense in the sentence - a word such as 'starred' would be wrong because it doesn't.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

The knight rode on his h____

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they? 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
orse
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letters are 'orse' and the word is 'horse', of course! Did you work this one out? Options such as 'house' or 'hotel' would be wrong because they do not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

The ladybird crawled into my shirt s____e.

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
leev
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! The missing letters 'leev' make the word 'sleeve'. A word such as 'stance' would not be correct as it does not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

The rabbit nibbled the crunchy ____ot stick. 

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
carr
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? The missing letters 'carr' make the word 'carrot'. A word such as 'parrot' would be wrong as it does not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

The cave was dark and g____y.

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
loom
EDDIE SAYS
The letters 'loom' make the word 'gloomy'. A word such as 'grainy' would not be correct as it does not make sense in the 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 the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
lant
EDDIE SAYS
Good try! The missing letters 'lant' make the word 'plants'. A word such as 'planks' would not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

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

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
owde
EDDIE SAYS
How are you getting on? The missing letters 'owde' are part of the word 'crowded'. A word such as 'crushed' would not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

She opened the cupboard door and looked ____de.

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
insi
EDDIE SAYS
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 make fits the sentence. What do you think she found in the cupboard?
  • 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. What are they?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
oing
EDDIE SAYS
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 the last question.
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

I will follow the re____ to make cupcakes. 

 

 

One of the words in the sentence has had four of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
cipe
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letters 'cipe' make the word 'recipe'. Cupcakes, yum! An option such as 'return' would not make sense in the sentence.
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