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Fill in Missing Letters to Complete a Word Using Context

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing letters of a word. They will use the context of the given sentence to help them. It will develop students’ comprehension, spelling and problem solving skills.

'Fill in Missing Letters to Complete a Word Using Context' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Partial Word

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi, word detective!

Our letter thief has been at it again!

 

The thief has stolen two letters from a word but they have left a clue behind to help us figure out what the word is.

 

The clue is a synonym, which is a word with a very similar meaning.

 

Let’s have a look at the partial word:

 

Synonym Partial word
halt  S_ _P

 

The word has had two of its letters removed. What could these letters be?

 

policeman

 

 

The stolen letters are TO and the word is STOP.

 

Here is another word with missing letters:

CO _ _

 

This time the thief has left behind a different kind of clue:

 

Clue  Partial word 
Something you wear when it's raining or cold  CO_ _

 

What could the missing letters be?

 

coat

 

The missing letters are AT and the word is COAT.

 

In this activity, you will be a word detective and work out the missing letters in a partial word. The thief has left you a clue or a synonym for each word; this will help you to work out what the word is.

 

Another useful clue is that the two missing letters make a word on their own.

 

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

You can use a thesaurus to help you if you get stuck.

 

Good luck locating those missing letters!

 

Look at this sentence:

 

I have FISHED all of my homework. 

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

That coat BELGS to Samantha. 

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

I had PEUT butter on toast for breakfast. 

 

toaster

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

I looked at a map of the world in my LAS.

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

The car SPPED at the red light. 

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

I am a MEMR of my school's cricket team. 

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

Steven FORT his packed lunch. 

 

lunch

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

My FATR bought me a bicycle for my birthday. 

 

bicycle

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

The box was too heavy to LT

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Look at this sentence:

 

The cushion was very ST

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

I have FISHED all of my homework. 

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
IN
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this question, word detective? The answer is IN, because if you put IN inside the word FISHED, it makes the word FINISHED. A word such as FAMISHED would not be correct as it would not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

That coat BELGS to Samantha. 

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
ON
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! The answer is ON, which is part of the word BELONGS. Remember that the missing letters can go at the beginning of the word, in the middle, or at the end.
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

I had PEUT butter on toast for breakfast. 

 

toaster

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
AN
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! The missing word AN is part of the word PEANUT. There is no other word that would fit in this sentence.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

I looked at a map of the world in my LAS.

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
AT
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? The word AT is part of the word ATLAS. A word such LANDS would not be correct as ND is not a word and the word LANDS does not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

The car SPPED at the red light. 

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
TO
EDDIE SAYS
Good try! The shorter word TO makes part of the longer word STOPPED. A word such as SKIPPED would not be correct as KI is not a word and SKIPPED does not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

I am a MEMR of my school's cricket team. 

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
BE
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word is BE which makes up the longer word MEMBER. This is the only word that would fit the sentence. Are you a member of any sports teams?
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

Steven FORT his packed lunch. 

 

lunch

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
GO
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word GO is part for the longer word FORGOT. I bet Steven was hungry! A word such as EFFORT would not be correct as EF is not a word and EFFORT would not make sense in the sentence.
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

My FATR bought me a bicycle for my birthday. 

 

bicycle

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
HE
EDDIE SAYS
Amazing effort! The word is HE is part of the longer word FATHER. A word such as FATTER would not make sense in this sentence and the letters TE do not make a word.
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

The box was too heavy to LT

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
IF
EDDIE SAYS
The word IF is part of the longer word LIFT. An option such as LAST would not make sense in the sentence. One question left, let's take a peek!
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

The cushion was very ST

 

The word in capital letters has had two of its letters taken away. 

The letters by themselves make a two-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
OF
EDDIE SAYS
The word OF is part of the longer word SOFT. A word such as SALT would not be correct as it does not make sense in the sentence and the letters AL do not make a word. Well done for completing this activity!
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