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Identify Text Meaning

In this worksheet, students consider how acronyms and other abbreviations are formed.

'Identify Text Meaning' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Standard Comprehension

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of other words.

For example:

scuba divers

The word scuba is an acronym of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

 

Other types of abbreviation like USA (for United States of America) are often considered to be acronyms as well these days, even though we pronounce them as separate letters.

USA Flag

We use a great many acronyms and abbreviations in English without even realising it.

Match these abbreviations from everyday life with their full versions.

 

Column A

Column B

RSVP
Miles per hour
CD
Very important person
VIP
Repondez s\'il vous plait
GMT
Greenwich Mean Time
mph
Compact disc

Match these abbreviations from the world of computing with their full versions.

Column A

Column B

PC
World wide web
RAM
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Personal computer
ISDN
Integrated services digital network
www
Random access memory

Match these acronyms and abbreviations from the world of international politics with their full versions.

Column A

Column B

NATO
United Nations Children\'s Fund
WHO
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
UNICEF
European Union
EU
World Health Organisation

Match these abbreviations from the world of education with their full versions.
 

Column A

Column B

GCSE
Information and Communication Technology
ICT
General Certificate of Secondary Education
PE
Physical Education
BA
Bachelor of Science
BSc
Bachelor of Arts

Write the acronym of the following words in the answer box.

 

absent without leave

 

(You need to think of 'without' as two separate words!)

Write the abbreviation of the following words in the answer box.

 

leg before wicket

Write the abbreviation of the following words in the answer box.

 

As soon as possible

Write the acronym of the following words in the answer box.

 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

(Ignore the word 'and'!)

Write the abbreviation of the following words in the answer box.

 

Heavy goods vehicle

Write the abbreviation of the following words in the answer box.

 

British Summer Time

  • Question 1

Match these abbreviations from everyday life with their full versions.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

RSVP
Repondez s\'il vous plait
CD
Compact disc
VIP
Very important person
GMT
Greenwich Mean Time
mph
Miles per hour
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! The trick here is to look at the letters in the acronyms. Each letter should have a word that represents it. To match the correct acronyms to the definitions look for which options have words that start with the matching letters.
  • Question 2

Match these abbreviations from the world of computing with their full versions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

PC
Personal computer
RAM
Random access memory
FAQ
Frequently asked questions
ISDN
Integrated services digital netwo...
www
World wide web
EDDIE SAYS
Again you need to do the same thing here. Look for the letters you have in the acronym. Which set of words match those letters?
  • Question 3

Match these acronyms and abbreviations from the world of international politics with their full versions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organisatio...
WHO
World Health Organisation
UNICEF
United Nations Children\'s Fund
EU
European Union
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this? UNICEF used to stand for the United Nations International Children\'s Emergency Fund, which is why it has the extra letters.
  • Question 4

Match these abbreviations from the world of education with their full versions.
 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

GCSE
General Certificate of Secondary ...
ICT
Information and Communication Tec...
PE
Physical Education
BA
Bachelor of Arts
BSc
Bachelor of Science
EDDIE SAYS
Keep up the great effort! Make sure you match those letters to words that begin with each one. PE has got to be \'Physical Education\' as the letters match the first letter in each word.
  • Question 5

Write the acronym of the following words in the answer box.

 

absent without leave

 

(You need to think of 'without' as two separate words!)

CORRECT ANSWER
AWOL
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this? Remember an acronym is an abbreviation of words. You use the first letter for each word to make the acronym.
  • Question 6

Write the abbreviation of the following words in the answer box.

 

leg before wicket

CORRECT ANSWER
LBW
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it correct? Just take the first letter of each word to create an acronym. Super effort!
  • Question 7

Write the abbreviation of the following words in the answer box.

 

As soon as possible

CORRECT ANSWER
ASAP
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! Keep it up! We use the first letter of each word to create an acronym.
  • Question 8

Write the acronym of the following words in the answer box.

 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

(Ignore the word 'and'!)

CORRECT ANSWER
NASA
EDDIE SAYS
Nearly there! Did you get it right? We don\'t need to include the word \'and\' when writing an acronym.
  • Question 9

Write the abbreviation of the following words in the answer box.

 

Heavy goods vehicle

CORRECT ANSWER
HGV
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! Look at the words you have been given and just use the initial letter of each word to create an acronym.
  • Question 10

Write the abbreviation of the following words in the answer box.

 

British Summer Time

CORRECT ANSWER
BST
EDDIE SAYS
High five! We use BST for \'British summer time\' as these are the first letters for each of the words given. Each letter represents a word.
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