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Add a Three-Letter Word to Create a New Word

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.

'Add a Three-Letter Word to Create a New Word' 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 three letters from a word but they have left a clue behind to help us figure out what the word is.

 

The three letters make a real word themselves.

 

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
Investigate EXPL

 

The word has had three of its letters removed.

 

What could these letters be and where could they have been removed from? 

 

magnifying glass

 

The stolen letters make the word ORE and the word is EXPLORE.

 

 

 

Here is another word with three missing letters which make a word themselves:

MAHON

 

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

 

Clue Partial Word
A long running event MAHON

 

What could the missing letters be that form a word themselves and where could they have been removed from?

 

girl

 

The missing letters make the word RAT and the full word is MARATHON.

 

 

 

In this activity, you will be a word detective and work out the missing letters in partial words.

 

This time, each of the sets of letters missing, also form a word on their own.

 

The thief has left you a clue or a synonym for each word; this will help you to work out what the full word is.

 

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 and remember that they also make a word on their own!

Look at this sentence:

 

I am REY excited about our school trip to the chocolate factory. 

 

chocolate

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

The FER was in his tractor. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

The alien's spaceship LED on earth. 

 

spaceship

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

I put my LAUN in the washing machine. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

I must not GET to bring my PE kit tomorrow. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

Sally used her camera to take a PO of some flowers. 

 

camera

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

I wonder if that clown can GLE those three balls.

 

clown

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

My dad is making me an OMETE for breakfast. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

We will be going away on HOAY next week. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

Look at this sentence:

 

Thomas yawned because he felt very TI after the long journey. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

I am REY excited about our school trip to the chocolate factory. 

 

chocolate

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
ALL
EDDIE SAYS
Who wouldn't be excited about all that lovely chocolate? The mystery word here is not essential to the meaning of the sentence given, as it already makes sense without it. Therefore, it must be an adverb which provides extra detail, but is not essential for meaning. What type of words would usually accompany a feeling like 'excited'? The mystery word is REALLY. Now which letters are missing here? If we add the word ALL after the first two letters RE-, but before the last letter -Y, we can create the target word REALLY. The word OSPREY can be created by adding the letters OSP, but this would not be correct as OSP is not a word on its own, plus it does not fit with this clue.
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

The FER was in his tractor. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
ARM
EDDIE SAYS
Who or what is usually in a tractor? The word is FARMER, so the missing letters are ARM. A word such as GOLFER would not be correct, as the added letters do not make a word on their own and would also not make sense in this sentence. Remember detective, you are not looking for any old suspect to solve your case - you are looking for the actual culprit!
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

The alien's spaceship LED on earth. 

 

spaceship

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
AND
EDDIE SAYS
What action would a spaceship perform? The use of the word 'on' gives us a key clue here - the mystery word is LANDED. If this is our target word, which letters are missing and from where? We need to add the word AND after the first letter L-, and before the ending two letters -ED. Other word options, such as SEALED, are not correct as they would not make sense in this sentence. It is always a good idea to look out for our common endings when working with verbs, as these often give great clues about where to slot in some missing letters. These endings include: -ING, -ED, -EN, -GHT, etc.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

I put my LAUN in the washing machine. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
DRY
EDDIE SAYS
What do you usually put in the washing machine? LAUNDRY, of course! Once we have our target word, it is easier to see which three-letter word is missing. We need to add DRY to the end of LAUND to create this word. Other word options, such as LAUNDER, would not be correct, as they are not words on their own and/or they do not make sense in the sentence given.
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

I must not GET to bring my PE kit tomorrow. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
FOR
EDDIE SAYS
Read this sentence aloud to yourself. Which word were you expecting to read in the space between 'not' and 'to'? The shorter word FOR is part of the longer word FORGET. Hopefully, you don't usually FORGET your PE kit!
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

Sally used her camera to take a PO of some flowers. 

 

camera

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
HOT
EDDIE SAYS
Say cheese! What do you usually take with a camera? The word HOT is part of the longer word PHOTO. Other word options, such as POETS, would not be correct as the three letters which need to be added are not a word themselves and/or they do not make sense in this sentence.
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

I wonder if that clown can GLE those three balls.

 

clown

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
JUG
EDDIE SAYS
What do clowns usually do with balls? The missing letters are JUG and the word is JUGGLE. A word such as BUNGLE would not be correct, as it does not make sense in this sentence. You are doing really well so far, word detective! Just a couple more cases to crack...
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

My dad is making me an OMETE for breakfast. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
LET
EDDIE SAYS
Can you think of any foods which someone needs to make for you, which would usually be eaten at breakfast? The word LET is part of the longer word OMELETTE. This is a tricky word to spell correctly, so be sure to check what you typed against the right spelling shown here. What's your favourite breakfast dish?
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

We will be going away on HOAY next week. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
LID
EDDIE SAYS
Read this sentence aloud to yourself. Which word would you expect to see between 'on' and 'next'? The word LID is part of the longer word HOLIDAY. Remember that the missing letters can be at the beginning of the word, in the middle or at the end. Only one more mystery to solve; let's see what it is!
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

Thomas yawned because he felt very TI after the long journey. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word

 

Type the three-letter word, which has been removed from somewhere in the bold word, into the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
RED
EDDIE SAYS
When you 'yawn', how are you usually feeling? The missing word RED is part of the longer word TIRED. A word such as TILED would not be correct, as it does not make sense in this sentence. Well done for completing this activity, word detective! You can now add three-letter words into sets of letters to create a longer, new word, which makes sense in the context of a wider sentence.
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