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Apply complex 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 complex 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!


 

Another exciting worksheet - I bet you can't wait to get stuck in!

Here are groups of words:

 

tributary (butter) posters,  confident (___) muddled

 

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:

 

computer (purse) risen,  continent (___) dresses

   

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:

 

befriend (ended) education,  lamp (___) leveret

 

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:

 

doubled (dolls) balls,  chortle (___) planted

 

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

 

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

Halfway already, word creator!

Here are pairs of words:

 

diamond (dot) altogether,  pollution (___) active

 

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:

 

learning (eats) taste,  sticker (____) daytime

 

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:

 

drudgery (rules) lesson,  blanket (___) terrible

 

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:

 

presentation (sentence) pence,  melting (____) slings

 

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:

 

blended (lead) stated,  crown (____) beaker

 

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

 

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

The last question already?

Here are groups of words:

 

pasted (attend) contend,   batch (___) fiction

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

  • Question 1

Another exciting worksheet - I bet you can't wait to get stuck in!

Here are groups of words:

 

tributary (butter) posters,  confident (___) muddled

 

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
Fiddle
EDDIE SAYS
Great warm up! In each group, the fourth, fifth and sixth letters of the first word have been joined to the fourth, fifth and sixth letters of the third word to make a new word.
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

computer (purse) risen,  continent (___) dresses

   

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
Tides
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? In each group, the fourth and fifth letters of the first word have been joined to the first, third and fourth letters of the the third word to make a new word. It's harder when the letters aren't next to each other, isn't it, but just follow the same plan of finding the pattern and you should be fine!
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

befriend (ended) education,  lamp (___) leveret

 

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
Ample
EDDIE SAYS
You're on the right track! In each group, the last three letters of the first word, and the first two letters of the third word are joined to make a new word. There are some tricky words in here - remember that good word detectives always use a dictionary to find out the meaning of words that are new to them!
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

doubled (dolls) balls,  chortle (___) planted

 

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
Chant
EDDIE SAYS
Did you figure it out? In each group, the first and second letters of the first word, plus the third, fourth and fifth letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. Great!
  • Question 5

Halfway already, word creator!

Here are pairs of words:

 

diamond (dot) altogether,  pollution (___) active

 

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
Put
EDDIE SAYS
Super stuff! In each group, the first and the fifth letters of the first word have been joined to the third letter of the third word to make a new word. Sometimes the letters really jump about, don't they? Are you getting the hang of them?
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

learning (eats) taste,  sticker (____) daytime

 

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
Tidy
EDDIE SAYS
Over halfway through now! In each group, the second and third letters of the first word have been joined to the first and third letters of the third word to make a new word. How very tidy!
  • Question 7

Here are groups of words:

 

drudgery (rules) lesson,  blanket (___) terrible

 

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
Later
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the second and third letters of the first word, and the first, second and third letters of the third word have been joined to make a new word. Awesome! I'm hoping this activity isn't 'drudgery' for you - look it up in the dictionary!
  • Question 8

Nearly there, word creator!

Here are groups of words:

 

presentation (sentence) pence,  melting (____) slings

 

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
Tingling
EDDIE SAYS
A long word this time! In each group, the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh letters of the first word have been added to the second, third, fourth and fifth letters of the third word to make a new word.
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

blended (lead) stated,  crown (____) beaker

 

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
Roar
EDDIE SAYS
ROAR! In each group, the second and third letters of the first word have been joined to the third and sixth letters of the third word to make a new word. Almost done, one more!
  • Question 10

The last question already?

Here are groups of words:

 

pasted (attend) contend,   batch (___) fiction

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Action
EDDIE SAYS
In each group, the second and the fourth letters of the first word have been joined to the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh letters of the third word to make a new word. Well done for completing this activity, word merge wizard!
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