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Add Letters to Make a Complex 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 Complex 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 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!

Here is part of a word:

 

A____RT

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You go here to board an aeroplane.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

C____T

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Rug.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

PR____T

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You unwrap this on your birthday!

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

 

CU____RD

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Wardrobe.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

L____RD

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A spotted animal. One of the big cats!

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

LI____

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Small.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

O____US

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you.

A sea creature with eight tentacles. 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

BI____T

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Cookie.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

B____R

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Someone who cuts your hair.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

S____M

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

To shout out loudly when you are frightened.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

A____RT

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You go here to board an aeroplane.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
IRPO
EDDIE SAYS
That's the first one done! Was it fun? The missing letters IRPO are part of the word AIRPORT. Remember that the missing letters go where the line is, so here they go immediately after the A.
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

C____T

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Rug.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
ARPE
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The missing letters ARPE are part of the word CARPET. Another word could be CARROT but this does not mean the same as rug so would not be correct.
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

PR____T

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You unwrap this on your birthday!

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
ESEN
EDDIE SAYS
Great detective work! The missing letters ESEN are part of the word PRESENT. Another option would be PROJECT but this is not something you unwrap on your birthday so wouldn't be correct.
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

CU____RD

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Wardrobe.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 
CORRECT ANSWER
PBOA
EDDIE SAYS
Lovely effort! The missing letters PBOA are part of the word CUPBOARD. That was a tricky one as CUPBOARD has a silent P in the word.
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

L____RD

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A spotted animal. One of the big cats!

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EOPA
EDDIE SAYS
A bit of a tricky word to spell! The missing letters are EOPA, which are part of the word LEOPARD.
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

LI____

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Small.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
TTLE
EDDIE SAYS
This one was a little tricky. The missing letters TTLE are part of the word LITTLE. A word such as LISTEN would not match the clue.
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

O____US

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you.

A sea creature with eight tentacles. 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
CTPO
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letters CTPO are part of the word OCTOPUS. Wow! You're whizzing through these!
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

BI____T

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Cookie.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
SCUI
EDDIE SAYS
Crunch! The word is BISCUIT and the missing letters are SCUI. There are other words, such as BIGGEST, but only BISCUIT means the same as COOKIE.
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

 

B____R

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Someone who cuts your hair.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
ARBE
EDDIE SAYS
You're a cut above if you got that one! The letters ARBE are part of the word BARBER. A word such as BUTTER would not fit the clue. One question to go!
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

S____M

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

To shout out loudly when you are frightened.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
CREA
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letters CREA are part of the word SCREAM. A word such as STREAM would not fit the clue. Nice one, word detective! You've completed the exercise.
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