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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 four 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:

 

BL____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

This material will keep you warm and cosy when you are in bed

 

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

FR____NG

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Cold

 

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

CR____

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can draw or colour in with this

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

SUB____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Minus

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

PR____SS

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Daughter of a queen or king

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

M____R

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Mum

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

P____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you.

This bird can repeat what you say

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

J____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Coat

 

 

Type the four letters which have been removed from this word 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:

You spread this on your toast and it melts

 

 

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

Here is part of a word:

 

WH____R

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

To talk very quietly

 

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

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

BL____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

This material will keep you warm and cosy when you are in bed

 

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ANKE
EDDIE SAYS
Good first effort, word detective! So we are looking for a noun which is made of material, and keeps you warm and cosy in bed - any ideas? The missing letters ANKE are part of the word BLANKET. There are other words which could be created using different letters, such as BLATANT, but only BLANKET fits with this clue.
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

FR____NG

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Cold

 

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EEZI
EDDIE SAYS
Brrrr! For this one, we have to think of another word for 'cold' which begins FR-? The missing letters EEZI are part of the word FREEZING. Other words, such as FROWNING, could be created but would not match this clue. What good is a solution which doesn't match the clues you have found or been given, detective? It's no good at all!
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

CR____

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can draw or colour in with this

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
AYON
EDDIE SAYS
What do you draw or colour with, which begins CR-? The missing letters AYON are part of the word CRAYON. Other words, such as CREAMY, could be created but would not be correct as they do not fit with this clue.
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

SUB____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Minus

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
TRAC
EDDIE SAYS
What is another word for 'minus' or 'take away'? It's SUBTRACT, of course! So our missing letters are TRAC.
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

PR____SS

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Daughter of a queen or king

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
INCE
EDDIE SAYS
Which word do we use to describe the daughter of a king or queen? The missing letters INCE are part of the word PRINCESS. A word such as PROGRESS could be created but would not describe the daughter of a king or queen. Well done - you're already halfway through the mysteries you need to solve in this activity!
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

M____R

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Mum

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
OTHE
EDDIE SAYS
What is another word for 'mum'? You may call your mum this in more formal situations or if you are joking perhaps. The missing letters OTHE are part of the word MOTHER. There are other options which could be created, such as MATTER, but these would not be names we could call our mother, would they?!
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

P____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a clue to help you.

This bird can repeat what you say

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ARRO
EDDIE SAYS
What is the name of a bird which can talk? The missing letters ARRO are part of the word PARROT. Let's fly on to the next challenge now!
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

J____T

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Coat

 

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ACKE
EDDIE SAYS
What is a word which has a similar meaning to 'coat', which begins with a J? The missing letters ACKE are part of the word JACKET. There are a few other words that start and end with these letters, such as JURIST, but none of these are synonyms of the word 'coat'.
  • 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:

You spread this on your toast and it melts

 

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
UTTE
EDDIE SAYS
What do we spread on toast which melts? The letters UTTE are part of the word BUTTER. Another word which could be created is BETTER, but this does not fit this clue - that's ironic, isn't it? In this case, the word BETTER is definitely not better! Only one case left to crack detective! Let's check it out now...
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

WH____R

 

It has had four of its letters taken away.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

To talk very quietly

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ISPE
EDDIE SAYS
Shhh! Which verb do we use to describe talking really quietly? The missing letters ISPE are part of the word WHISPER. Well done for completing this activity detective! You can now add up to four missing letters into a gap to create a word which matches a clue or synonym - great skills!
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