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Select the Best Connection to Complete the Connection

In this worksheet, students will look for various connections and select the most appropriate word from each set of brackets to best complete sentences.

'Select the Best Connection to Complete the Connection' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Word Connections

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Greetings word detective!

Prepare to hunt for connections!

 

We must pick one word from each set of brackets that can be connected to the word in front of it in the same way.  

Which words from the sets of brackets would best finish this sentence?

Elbow is to (arm, joint, funny) as knee is to (graze, leg, trousers).

 

First, we need to find a connection between elbow and one of the words in brackets.

 

Elbow is connected to arm as this is where it is found. Elbow could also connected to joint as this is what it is, and also to funny due to the funny bone!  

 

We need to see if one of these connections can be made with knee and the words in brackets.

 

A knee is found on your leg, so we have found the connection! It’s the place where these joints are found.

 

Elbow is to arm as knee is to leg.

       


 

In this type of question, there are many different possible connections between the words.

Here are some connections to look out for:

 

Connection Example
Synonyms (similar meaning) Clever is to smart...
Antonyms (opposite meaning) Hot is to cold...
What something is made of Spoon is to metal...
What something goes inside of Coin is to purse...
Where something is kept or lives Soldier is to barracks...

 

 

Let’s try another:

Crisp is to (crunchy, salty, packet) as water is to (thirst, bottle, drink).

 

First, we need to find a connection between crisp and one of the words in brackets.

 

A crisp is generally crunchy and salty. Also, a crisp is eaten from a packet.

 

We now need to find one of these connections between water and a word in the second set of brackets.

 

Water is drunk from a bottle.

 

We have found the connection! It’s the packaging these items are kept in. 

Crisp is to packet as water is to bottle.

     

 

Now it’s your turn.

Remember to find those connections!

Select the correct connection from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Artist is to (exhibition, decorative, peacock) as orchestra is to (clarinet, notation, concert).

Type the correct connections into the blank boxes below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Standoffish is to (cold, detached, welcoming) as threadbare is to (disposed, pristine, rancid).

Type the correct answers from the brackets into the blanks below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Knack is to (skill, unusual, difficult) as phoney is to (communicate, fraud, unkind).

Select the correct two options below.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Performance is to (auditorium, rehearsed, cast) as fashion is to (catwalk, creative, alluring).  

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets.

Be sure to use just one space between the two words so that you are not marked incorrectly. 

 

Barren is to (fertile, ploughed, storage) as shrinkage is to (reduction, swollen, miniscule).  

Underline the correct answer.

 

Ajar is to (condiments, door, lid) as running is to (breathless, jogging, tap).

Condiments, Door, Lid, Breathless, Jogging, Tap

Choose one word from each set of brackets to make the connection. 

 

Skating is to (balance, rink, glide) as cycling is to (stabilisers, puncture, velodrome).

 

Select the correct connection below.

 

Lion is to (predator, fierce, pride) as ant is to (colony, insect, litter).

 

Underline two words to make the correct connections.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Cultivate is to (tending, seedlings, rural) as harvest is to (festival, gather, nutrients).

Tending, Seedlings, Rural, Festival, Gather, Nutrients

Underline the correct answers from the options below.

Take one word from each set of brackets.

 

Test is to (examination, competition, cricket) as open is to (golf, football, available).

Tending, Seedlings, Rural, Festival, Gather, Nutrients
  • Question 1

Select the correct connection from the options below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Artist is to (exhibition, decorative, peacock) as orchestra is to (clarinet, notation, concert).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This one is all about where talented people can go to display their skills. If you were an artist, where could you show off your images? You could show them at an exhibition.
So what about the musicians among you? If you are part of an orchestra, you would perform at a concert. This is where you would go to display your talents.
  • Question 2

Type the correct connections into the blank boxes below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Standoffish is to (cold, detached, welcoming) as threadbare is to (disposed, pristine, rancid).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever heard of anyone being called standoffish? It's someone who is cold when you meet them and not very friendly or welcoming. This means we can spot a synonym and antonym connection for the first set of brackets - so which to go for?
Threadbare is used to describe something well-used that is becoming a bit tatty. Often your favourite clothes and teddies become threadbare over time - but it doesn't mean we want to dispose of them but that they are a bit worn out!
We can spot pristine as an antonym - so we need to take welcoming from the first set of brackets to complete our connection!
  • Question 3

Type the correct answers from the brackets into the blanks below. 

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Knack is to (skill, unusual, difficult) as phoney is to (communicate, fraud, unkind).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever struggled to do something, like untie a knot, when someone has said, "There's a knack to it!" and they've been able to do it straight away? It means that, with a bit of know-how, you can complete the task easily. So we can connect this to skill. This means we're looking for a synonym connection to phoney - something that is phoney is fake. Now we can spot that this is a synonym for fraud!
  • Question 4

Select the correct two options below.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Performance is to (auditorium, rehearsed, cast) as fashion is to (catwalk, creative, alluring).  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Again, we could make links to most of the words here, but we need to use our word detecting skills to spot the true connection between both sets of brackets.
Auditorium is another word for theatre or concert hall - so a performance would be shown in an auditorium. So now we can use our detective skills to notice that a fashion show would be performed on a catwalk!
We have our connection - it is where performances and fashion are shown off and enjoyed by the audience.
  • Question 5

Select the correct two options below, one word from each set of brackets.

Be sure to use just one space between the two words so that you are not marked incorrectly. 

 

Barren is to (fertile, ploughed, storage) as shrinkage is to (reduction, swollen, miniscule).  

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Barren might not be a word that you're familiar with but if I tell you that it refers to land where crops and plants can't be grown, does that help you to spot an antonym - fertile means the opposite. It is land which is great for farmers or gardeners to grow things!
So if we're looking for an antonym connection here, what is opposite to something that is shrinking and getting smaller? That would be something that is swollen!
  • Question 6

Underline the correct answer.

 

Ajar is to (condiments, door, lid) as running is to (breathless, jogging, tap).

CORRECT ANSWER
Condiments, Door, Lid, Breathless, Jogging, Tap
EDDIE SAYS
Thanks to our detective skills, we should have noticed that ajar is all one word here - so it is nothing to do with a jar! When we talk about a door that is pulled to, so that it's nearly closed, we say it is ajar. So ajar connects to door.
So, can we link running to any of the options in the same way? We need to ignore the links to exercise, and connect it to what we say when water is coming out of the tap - it is running!
  • Question 7

Choose one word from each set of brackets to make the connection. 

 

Skating is to (balance, rink, glide) as cycling is to (stabilisers, puncture, velodrome).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The words in the brackets all link to skating and cycling in some way so we need our detective skills here!
A skating rink is where you would go to skate, especially if we are thinking about ice skating. So do you know what a cycling arena is called? You might know this if you've watched the Olympics - it's the Velodrome.
The word comes from French actually - bike in French is velo!
  • Question 8

Select the correct connection below.

 

Lion is to (predator, fierce, pride) as ant is to (colony, insect, litter).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
It's easy to make a link with lion and all of the words in the first set of brackets - so take a look at the second set of brackets to see if any of the same links can be made.
There it is! A group of lions is called a pride, and a group of ants is called a colony. You've cracked it, word detective!
  • Question 9

Underline two words to make the correct connections.

Choose one word from each set of brackets.

 

Cultivate is to (tending, seedlings, rural) as harvest is to (festival, gather, nutrients).

CORRECT ANSWER
Tending, Seedlings, Rural, Festival, Gather, Nutrients
EDDIE SAYS
We need to be able to detect another connection to farming and crops here! Don't worry if you weren't sure what cultivate means, just make sure you look it up and make a note to help you remember.
Cultivating land means looking after it so that your seeds can grow, perhaps by weeding it and looking after the soil. Another word for 'looking after' is tending, so we can spot a synonym connection here.
So what about harvest? If you have harvest festival at school, hopefully you can link this to gathering the crops!
That was a tricky one but we've got it!
  • Question 10

Underline the correct answers from the options below.

Take one word from each set of brackets.

 

Test is to (examination, competition, cricket) as open is to (golf, football, available).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This is one for the sporty detectives amongst you! Did you know that a cricket competition is called a test? It's normally a set of 5 matches.
So can we link open to a sport? Yes - every year the golf Open Championship is held. We've found it!
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