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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 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. What are they?

 

Here is a clue to help you:

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

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

FR____NG

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Cold.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

Here is part of a word:

 

CR____

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can draw or colour in with this.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

SUB____T

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Minus.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

PR____SS

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Daughter of a queen or king.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

M____R

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Mum.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

P____T

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you.

This bird can repeat what you say!

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

J____T

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Coat.

 

 

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:

You spread this on your toast and it melts! 

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

 

WH____R

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

To talk very quietly.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

 

BL____T

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

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

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
ANKE
EDDIE SAYS
Good first effort, word detective! The missing letters ANKE are part of the word BLANKET. There are other words such as BLATANT but only BLANKET fits the clue.
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

 

FR____NG

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Cold.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EEZI
EDDIE SAYS
Brrrr! The missing letters EEZI are part of the word FREEZING. Other words, such as FROWNING, would not fit the clue.
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

 

CR____

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can draw or colour in with this.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
AYON
EDDIE SAYS
Nice try! The missing letters AYON are part of the word CRAYON. A word such as CREAMY would not be correct as it does not fit the clue.
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

 

SUB____T

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Minus.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
TRAC
EDDIE SAYS
Take it away! The missing letters TRAC are part of the word SUBTRACT.
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

 

PR____SS

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Daughter of a queen or king.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
INCE
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letters INCE are part of the word PRINCESS. A word such as PROGRESS would not fit the clue. Well done! You're already halfway through this activity!
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

 

M____R

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Mum.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 
CORRECT ANSWER
OTHE
EDDIE SAYS
Amazing effort! The missing letters OTHE are part of the word MOTHER. There are other options, such as MATTER, but these would not fit the clue.
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

 

P____T

 

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

 

Here is a clue to help you.

This bird can repeat what you say!

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
ARRO
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letters ARRO are part of the word PARROT. Let's fly on to the next question!
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

 

J____T

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Coat.

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

 
CORRECT ANSWER
ACKE
EDDIE SAYS
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 'coat'.
  • 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:

You spread this on your toast and it melts! 

 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
UTTE
EDDIE SAYS
The letters UTTE are part of the word BUTTER. Another word could be BETTER but this does not fit the clue. One question to go!
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

 

WH____R

 

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

To talk very quietly.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
ISPE
EDDIE SAYS
Shhh! The missing letters ISPE are part of the word WHISPER. Well done for completing this activity detective!
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