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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!


 

Welcome to another exciting worksheet, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

vehicle (clean) tangerine,  compound (____) iced

 

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:

 

flooring (orange) arrangement,  rolling (____) existence

 

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:

 

bucket (knee) sneezed,  wonder (___) crumbling

 

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:

 

eardrum (rumbled) untroubled,  consideration (___) especially

 

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:

 

doubled (blurry) hurrying, flashed (____) drinking

 

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:

 

camouflage (mouse) essential,  regretted (___) flatten

 

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:

 

drilled (roar) floorboards,  italics (___) differently

 

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:

 

experienced (penny) funny,  wishing (___) traded

 

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:

 

consequence (sort) opportunity,  masked (___) reminding

 

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

 

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

You have reached the final question. Well done!

Here are groups of words:

 

yoghurt (ogres) dressing,  spare (___) hinted

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

  • Question 1

Welcome to another exciting worksheet, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

vehicle (clean) tangerine,  compound (____) iced

 

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
Ounce
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this one? In each group, the fifth, sixth and seventh letters of the first word have been joined to the second and third letters of the third word to make a new word. So we ended up with 'oun' and 'ce' which made the word 'ounce'. Great work!
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

flooring (orange) arrangement,  rolling (____) existence

 

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
Listen
EDDIE SAYS
You're on a roll! In each group, the fourth and fifth letters of the first word and the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh letters of the third words are joined to make a new word. Let's try another one.
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

bucket (knee) sneezed,  wonder (___) crumbling

 

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
Drum
EDDIE SAYS
Ready for a drum roll ..... in each group, the fourth letter of the first word and the second, third and fourth letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. How are you getting on with these?
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

eardrum (rumbled) untroubled,  consideration (___) especially

 

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
Ideally
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! There were some long words in this one and lots of letters to merge, so well done if you got this one right! In each group, the fifth, sixth and seventh letters of the first word have been joined to the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth letters of the third word to make a new word. Phew!
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

doubled (blurry) hurrying, flashed (____) drinking

 

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
Shrink
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the fourth and fifth letters of the first word and the second, third, fourth and fifth letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. You're halfway there, hurrah!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

camouflage (mouse) essential,  regretted (___) flatten

 

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
Great
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the third, fourth and fifth letters of the first word have been joined to the third and fourth letters of the third word to make a new word. That's GREAT!!
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

drilled (roar) floorboards,  italics (___) differently

 

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
Tent
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the second letter of the first word, and the seventh, eighth and ninth letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. Remember you can look up new and interesting words in this activity and add them to your own word bank!
  • Question 8

Nearly there, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

experienced (penny) funny,  wishing (___) traded

 

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
Shade
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the third and fourth letters of the first word have been joined to the third, fourth and fifth letters of the third word to make a new word. Great, you're getting there!
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

consequence (sort) opportunity,  masked (___) reminding

 

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
Kind
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the fourth letter of the first word has been joined to the fourth, fifth and sixth letters of the third word to make a new word. One more, you're almost there!
  • Question 10

You have reached the final question. Well done!

Here are groups of words:

 

yoghurt (ogres) dressing,  spare (___) hinted

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Paint
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the second and third letters of the first word have been joined to the second, third and fourth letters of the third word to make a new word. Well done Word Merge master, you've completed this activity!
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