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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 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!

Here is part of a word:

 

A____RT

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You go here to board an airplane.

 

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

C____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Rug

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

PR____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You unwrap this on your birthday

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

CU____RD

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Wardrobe

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

L____RD

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

A spotted animal; one of the big cats

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

LI_____

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Small

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

O____US

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you.

A sea creature with eight tentacles

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

BI____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Cookie

 

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

B____R

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Someone who cuts your hair

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

S____M

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

To shout out loudly when you are frightened

 

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

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

A____RT

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You go here to board an airplane.

 

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
IRPO
EDDIE SAYS
That's the first one done! Was it fun? Where do we go to board an airplane? The missing letters IRPO are part of the word AIRPORT. Remember that the missing letters go where the lines or dashes are, 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.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Rug

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ARPE
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on here? Which word has a similar meaning to 'rug' and starts with a C? The missing letters ARPE are part of the word CARPET. Another word which we could create is CARROT, but this does not mean the same as the word '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.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You unwrap this on your birthday

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ESEN
EDDIE SAYS
What do you unwrap on your birthday detective? It could be a gift (or a similar word for this like package) or perhaps a card? The missing letters ESEN are part of the word PRESENT. Another option we could create with these letters would be the word PROJECT, but this is not something you unwrap on your birthday, is it?
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

CU____RD

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Wardrobe

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
PBOA
EDDIE SAYS
Which word has a similar meaning to 'wardrobe' and begins with the letters CU-? The missing letters PBOA are part of the word CUPBOARD. That was a tricky one as CUPBOARD has a silent P in the word - did that sneaky letter trip you up detective?
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

L____RD

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here are some clues to help you:

A spotted animal; one of the big cats

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EOPA
EDDIE SAYS
A bit of a tricky word to spell here! This time we are looking for a spotted animal, which is part of the big cat family - any ideas? The missing letters are EOPA, which are part of the word LEOPARD. Great work detective - you are halfway through your cases in this activity already!
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

LI_____

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Small

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
TTLE
EDDIE SAYS
What is another word for 'small' which begins LI-? The missing letters TTLE are part of the word LITTLE. A word such as LISTEN could be created but would not match this clue.
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

O____US

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you.

A sea creature with eight tentacles

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
CTPO
EDDIE SAYS
What do we call a sea creature with eight legs? The word 'eight' should give you a cracking clue to the start of this word! 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.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Cookie

 

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
SCUI
EDDIE SAYS
In America, these are known as 'cookies' and sometimes we use this word in the UK, but how are they more commonly known? The word is BISCUIT so the missing letters are SCUI. There are other words which can be created by adding different letters, such as BIGGEST, but only BISCUIT has a similar meaning to the word COOKIE.
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

 

B____R

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Someone who cuts your hair

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ARBE
EDDIE SAYS
You're a cut above if you got this one correct! Who cuts your hair? You may have thought that HAIRDRESSER was the best answer to this clue, but it doesn't start with a B. The letters ARBE are part of the word BARBER. A word such as BUTTER could be created but would definitely not fit with this clue! Only one mystery left to resolve detective!
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

S____M

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

To shout out loudly when you are frightened

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
CREA
EDDIE SAYS
What is the verb to describe the action of shouting out loudly when we are scared? The missing letters CREA are part of the word SCREAM. A word such as STREAM could be created but would not match this clue. Nice one, word detective! You've completed this exercise.
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