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Add Missing Letters to Make 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.

'Add Missing Letters to Make 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 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 _ _ _

 

magnifying glass

 

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

 

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:

MA_ _ _ HON

 

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

 

Clue Partial word
A long running event MA_ _ _ HON

 

What could the missing letters be that form a word themselves?

 

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 forms a word on its 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. 

What is it?

 

Remember that the missing letters can be at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a word.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

  • 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. 

What is it?

 

Remember that the missing letters can be at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a word.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
ALL
EDDIE SAYS
Who wouldn't be excited about all that lovely chocolate? The answer is ALL, which is part of the word REALLY. A word such as OSPREY would not be correct as OSP is not a word and OSPREY does not fit the 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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
ARM
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! The answer is ARM, which is part of the word FARMER. A word such as GOLFER would not be correct as GOL is not a word on its own and GOLFER would not make sense in the sentence.
  • 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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
AND
EDDIE SAYS
The missing letters are AND. The alien's spaceship LANDED on earth! A word such as SEALED would not be correct as it would not make sense in the sentence. If you met aliens, what would you say to them?
  • 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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
DRY
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work out this one? The word DRY is part of the word LAUNDRY. A word such as LAUNDER would not be correct as DER is not a word and LAUNDER does not make sense in the sentence.
  • 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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
FOR
EDDIE SAYS
The shorter word FOR is part of the longer word FORGET. I hope you've never forgotten your PE kit! A word such as GADGET would not be correct as ADG is not a word and GADGET would not make sense in the sentence.
  • 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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
HOT
EDDIE SAYS
Say cheese! The word HOT is part of the word PHOTO. A word such as POETS would not be correct as ETS is not a word and POETS does not make sense in the 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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
JUG
EDDIE SAYS
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 the sentence. Have you ever seen a clown juggle?
  • 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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
LET
EDDIE SAYS
The word LET is part of the word OMELETTE. There is no other word that would fit 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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
LID
EDDIE SAYS
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. One question to go, 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. 

What is it?

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
RED
EDDIE SAYS
The 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 the sentence. Well done for completing this activity!
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