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Add Three 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 Three 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.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A dried grape

 

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

U___PPY

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Sad

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

T___L

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

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

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

SH___

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Pointy

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

CA___GE

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A green, leafy, round vegetable

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

___NER

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Supper

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

M___H

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you.

January and July are examples of this

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

R___T

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Correct

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

___TURE

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A photograph or a painting

 

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

ST___ER

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Label

 

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

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

RAI___

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A dried grape

 

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
SIN
EDDIE SAYS
That's the first one done - was it fun? What do we call a dried grape, start RAI-? The missing letters SIN are part of the word RAISIN. A word such as RAINED could be created, but would not fit with this clue. Did you know that a raisin was a dried grape?
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

U___PPY

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Sad

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
NHA
EDDIE SAYS
Which word has a similar meaning to 'sad' beginning with a U? The missing letters are NHA and the word is UNHAPPY. Hopefully this question did not have this effect on you?! On to the next challenge...
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

T___L

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
OTA
EDDIE SAYS
What do we reach if we add numbers in a sum together? The total, of course maths whizz! The missing letters OTA are required to create this word. Other options, such as TRAIL, could be created but would not match this clue, so don't let these red herrings distract you!
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

SH___

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Pointy

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ARP
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get to the POINT of this one? The missing letters are ARP and the word is SHARP. A word which could be created by adding a different trio of letters, such as SHOUT, would not fit with this clue.
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

CA___GE

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A green, leafy, round vegetable

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
BBA
EDDIE SAYS
You have to know your veg here! What type of vegetable is green, round and leafy? The missing letters are BBA and the word is CABBAGE. Are you a fan of this type of veg or do you have another favourite?
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

___NER

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Supper

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
DIN
EDDIE SAYS
This one's FOOD for thought! What is another name for supper, or even tea, in some parts of the country? The missing letters DIN are part of the word DINNER. There are other options which can be created, 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.

 

Here is a clue to help you.

January and July are examples of this

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ONT
EDDIE SAYS
What are January and July both examples of? And June come to think of it? The missing letters ONT are part of the word MONTH. Other options, such as MOUTH, would not match this clue. Great work so far, word detective - keep it up to the end!
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

R___T

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Correct

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
IGH
EDDIE SAYS
If you are correct, what must you also be? The word is RIGHT and the missing letters are IGH. Other options, such as ROAST, would not match this clue. Did you get both the word and the spelling RIGHT here, word wizard?
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

 

___TURE

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A photograph or a painting

 

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
PIC
EDDIE SAYS
Say cheese! What is another word for a painting or a photograph? The missing letters PIC are part of the word PICTURE. Another option, such as DENTURE, would not work with the clue.
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

ST___ER

 

It has had three of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Label

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ICK
EDDIE SAYS
Which word has a similar meaning to label, starting with ST-? The missing letters ICK are part of the word STICKER. Well done detective - another case solved!
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