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Apply challenging letter positioning patterns.

In this worksheet, students will find the missing word in a group of words. It will develop their ability to follow patterns and think systematically.

'Apply challenging letter positioning patterns.' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Word Merge

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi word creator!


In this activity, we are going to be using letters from two words to make a new word.


Here are two groups of words. Letters from the two words on the outside of the brackets are used to create the word on the inside of the brackets.

yawn  (awash)  mash     pear ( ____ )  curly


We need to work out how yawn and mash can be joined to make the word awash, and then use this same rule to make a word with pear and curly.

 

In this case, we take the middle two letters of the first word and the last three letters of the third word.

yawn  (awash)  mash          pear  ( ____ )  curly

 

boy yawning

 

So the answer is early!

 

Let’s try another:

Can you work out the pattern here?

east  (self)  flow      lips ( ____ ) does


We need to work out how east and flow combine to make self.


The third letter from east goes with the first letter in self.

This means we need to use the third letter from lips in the first letter position of our mystery word, so it looks like this so far...p _ _ _


The first letter from east goes to the second letter in self. So we need to use the first letter from lips in the second letter position in our mystery word...pl _ _

 

The second letter from flow goes to the third letter in self. So we need to use the second letter from does in the third letter position in our mystery word...plo _


The first letter from flow goes to the fourth letter in self. We need to use the first letter from does in the fourth letter position in our mystery word...plod is the answer!


 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

Always check which letters from the first word have been used to make the second word.


 

In this activity, you will need to be a word wizard and find the missing word in a pair. Let’s get started!


 

Ready, steady, go ...off we go again, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

admitted (door) poorly, double (___) averted

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

thunderstorm (hunt) instrument,  kneading (___) writing

   

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

strolling( trick) flicked, trainers (___) rocks

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words. 

 

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

contents (table) agreeable,  happen (___) chocolate

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.  

Here are pairs of words:

 

junior (unite) polite,  across (____) unless

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

wonderful (whale) inhaled,  winner (___) neater

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first group. find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

monster (teach) headache,  experience (___) incense

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.  

Nearly there, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

cherries (heats) waistcoats,  production (___) background

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

jewellery (yawn) prawns,  buttercup (___) classes

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

This is the last question!

Here are groups of words:

 

talented (letter) battery,  mysterious (___) trainspotting

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

  • Question 1

Ready, steady, go ...off we go again, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

admitted (door) poorly, double (___) averted

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Over
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this first one? In each group, the second letter of the first word, and the second, third and fourth letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Sometimes, the number of letters taken from the first and third words in a Word Merge is different. Let's practise some more!
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

thunderstorm (hunt) instrument,  kneading (___) writing

   

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Neat
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the second, third and fourth letters of the first word, and the fourth letter of the first word are joined to make a new word. Sometimes, you might find that there is a choice of letters, for example, there were two possible 't's in 'instrument' so it could have been the fourth or the tenth letter. However, the third word in the second group of words did not have as many as ten letters, so we knew that the fourth letter had to be the correct one.
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

strolling( trick) flicked, trainers (___) rocks

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words. 

 

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Racks
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the second and third letters of the first word have been joined to the third, fourth and fifth letters of the third word to make a new word. Some interesting word merge combinations! Let's practise some more word merging!
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

contents (table) agreeable,  happen (___) chocolate

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.  

CORRECT ANSWER
Plate
EDDIE SAYS
You're becoming quite a word merge wizard! In each group, the fourth letter of the first word has been joined to the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth letters of the third word to make a new word.
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

junior (unite) polite,  across (____) unless

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first group, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Cress
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the second and third letters of the first word have been joined to the fourth, fifth and sixth letters of the third word to make a new word. Great, we're halfway through now!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

wonderful (whale) inhaled,  winner (___) neater

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first group. find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Water
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of these? In each group, the first letter of the first word has been joined to the third, fourth and fifth letters of the third word to make a new word. Wonderful!
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

monster (teach) headache,  experience (___) incense

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.  

CORRECT ANSWER
Rinse
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the fifth and sixth letters of the first word have been merged with the fifth, sixth and seventh letters of the third word to make a new word. We're getting there!
  • Question 8

Nearly there, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

cherries (heats) waistcoats,  production (___) background

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Round
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the second and third letters of the first word and the eighth, ninth and tenth letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Are you getting the hang of it? Let's practise a little more.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

jewellery (yawn) prawns,  buttercup (___) classes

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Pass
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the ninth letter of the first word and the third, fourth and fifth letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Almost done, one more!
  • Question 10

This is the last question!

Here are groups of words:

 

talented (letter) battery,  mysterious (___) trainspotting

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Stains
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do with this last one? In each group, the third and fourth letters of the first word and the third, fourth, fifth and sixth letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. Amazing, you've finished this activity! Great work, word wizard!
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