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Add Letters to Make a Word Using Clues

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing letters in a word. They will be given a clue to help them. It will develop students’ vocabulary, problem solving and spelling skills.

'Add Letters to Make a Word Using Clues' 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 three 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

look

ST_ _ _

 

The word has had three of its letters removed. What could these letters be?

 

 

The stolen letters are ARE and the word is STARE.

 

Here is another word with missing letters:

PORRI_ _ _

 

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

 

Clue

Partial word

A dish commonly served for breakfast

PORRI _ _ _

 

What could the missing letters be?

 

 

The missing letters are DGE and the word is 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!

Here is part of a word:

 

RAI___

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A dried grape.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

U___PPY

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Sad.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

T___L

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Add all the numbers in a sum together and you will get this.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

SH___

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Pointy.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

CA___GE

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A green, leafy, round vegetable. 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

___NER

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Supper

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

M___H

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you.

January and July are examples of this.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

R___T

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Correct.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

___TURE

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A photograph or a painting.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

ST___ER

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Label

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 
  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

RAI___

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A dried grape.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
SIN
EDDIE SAYS
That's the first one done! Was it fun? The missing letters SIN are part of the word RAISIN. A word such as RAINED would not fit the clue.
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

U___PPY

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Sad.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
NHA
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The missing letters are NHA and the word is UNHAPPY.
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

T___L

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Add all the numbers in a sum together and you will get this.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
OTA
EDDIE SAYS
Great try! The missing letters are OTA and the word is TOTAL. Other options, such as TRAIL, would not fit the clue.
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

SH___

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Pointy.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 
CORRECT ANSWER
ARP
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get the point of this one? The missing letters are ARP and the word is SHARP. A word such as SHOUT would not fit the clue.
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

CA___GE

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A green, leafy, round vegetable. 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
BBA
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letters are BBA and the word is CABBAGE because no other vegetable begins and ends with these letters.
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

___NER

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Supper

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
DIN
EDDIE SAYS
This one's food for thought! The missing letters DIN are part of the word DINNER. There are other options, such as WINNER, but only DINNER fits the clue.
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

M___H

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you.

January and July are examples of this.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
ONT
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letters ONT are part of the word MONTH. Other options, such as MOUTH, would not match the clue. Let's take a look at the next question.
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

R___T

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Correct.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 
CORRECT ANSWER
IGH
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one right? The word is RIGHT and the missing letters are IGH. Other options, such as ROAST, would not fit the clue.
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

 

___TURE

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A photograph or a painting.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
PIC
EDDIE SAYS
Say cheese! The missing letters PIC are part of the word PICTURE. A word such as DENTURE would not fit the clue.
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

ST___ER

 

It has had three of its letters taken away. What are they?

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Label

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 
CORRECT ANSWER
ICK
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letters ICK are part of the word STICKER. Well done detective, another case solved!
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