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Add a Four-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 Four-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 four letters from a word but they have left a clue behind to help us figure out what the word is.

 

The four 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  EXA

 

The word has had four of its letters removed.

 

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

 

 

The stolen letters make the word MINE and the word is EXAMINE.

 

 

 

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

BING

 

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

 

Clue Partial Word
 Cleaning your teeth    BING

 

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

 

 

The missing letters make the word RUSH and the full word is BRUSHING.

 

 

 

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.

 

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 finding those missing letters and remember that these letters also make a word on their own.

Look at this sentence:

 

Lucas was very INTEED in learning about how machines work. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

The film will be SING in a few minutes. 

 

film

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

I think that he is a very NTED artist. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

The old man was TLED by a knock at the door. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

Emma was DEINED to learn how to sew.

 

sewing machine

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

Ryan was very KFUL for the gift he had received. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

I think I am the EST person in my family because my room is very tidy. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

There were many SS at the market, including a fruit and vegetable one. 

 

market

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

Dad was KING about what to make for dinner. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

Look at this sentence:

 

The ISTS went sightseeing around the city. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

  • Question 1

Look at this sentence:

 

Lucas was very INTEED in learning about how machines work. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
REST
EDDIE SAYS
Lucas wants to 'learn... about how machines work' - how would you describe him then? As we are describing an emotion, it makes sense that this word will have an -ED ending. Therefore, it seems likely that the four-letter word will be inserted before the -ED ending in the starting letters INTEED, as we cannot have two Es next to each other. Which word starts with 'INTE-' which would describe someone who wants to learn about machines? The word REST is part of the missing word INTERESTED. Remember that the four letters must make a word on their own to be the correct answer, plus the word created must make sense in the context of the rest of the sentence provided. That's your first mission completed detective - how did you do?
  • Question 2

Look at this sentence:

 

The film will be SING in a few minutes. 

 

film

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
TART
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? What will 'the film' be doing in 'a few minutes'? You may have thought that the word SHOWING would make sense here, and it does. However, we would only need to add a three-letter word to create this word (HOW), so this doesn't work. What's a similar word to 'showing', which would work in this sentence? The word TART is part of the missing word STARTING. That works too in this sentence, doesn't it?
  • Question 3

Look at this sentence:

 

I think that he is a very NTED artist. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
TALE
EDDIE SAYS
What is an adjective which is commonly used to describe artists? The word TALE is part of the longer word TALENTED - just like you! Remember that the missing letters can go at the front, in the middle or at the end of the starting letters.
  • Question 4

Look at this sentence:

 

The old man was TLED by a knock at the door. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
STAR
EDDIE SAYS
If there was a knock at the door, how would you react? The word STAR is part of the mystery word STARTLED. The word TROUBLED could fit well in this sentence, but the letters ROUB do not make a word on their own so cannot be the correct answer.
  • Question 5

Look at this sentence:

 

Emma was DEINED to learn how to sew.

 

sewing machine

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
TERM
EDDIE SAYS
A bit of a tricky one here! We know that Emma wanted 'to learn how to sew'. The secret word here describes the strength of her emotion - which words would work? She could be DESPERATE, but this word cannot be created from these starting letters. The missing word TERM is part of the longer word DETERMINED - this word describes the strength of Emma's feelings, doesn't it? Are there any skills which you are DETERMINED to learn?
  • Question 6

Look at this sentence:

 

Ryan was very KFUL for the gift he had received. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
THAN
EDDIE SAYS
If you had received a gift, how would you feel? Perhaps you thought GRATEFUL was a good description, but this word cannot be created from these starting letters. The word THAN can be added to create the new word THANKFUL. Remember to use the clues to help you crack the case, word detective. In this case, it helps to consider how you would feel in Ryan's shoes.
  • Question 7

Look at this sentence:

 

I think I am the EST person in my family because my room is very tidy. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
NEAT
EDDIE SAYS
The rest of the sentence here tells us that we are looking for a superlative, which means an adjective or adverb that expresses the highest possible degree. Here, the speaker has a very tidy room, so that makes them the best at what in their family? The word NEAT is part of the longer word NEATEST. Other options, such as TALLEST or CALMEST, could be created, but would not fit with the rest of this sentence. TIDIEST would work in meaning, but the four letters TIDI do not make a word on their own. Which superlative best describes what you are best at in your family?
  • Question 8

Look at this sentence:

 

There were many SS at the market, including a fruit and vegetable one. 

 

market

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
TALL
EDDIE SAYS
This was a really tough one! Ask yourself: What do you usually see a lot of at a market? And what could have different types, that include a 'fruit and vegetable one'? The word TALL is part of the missing word STALLS. Other options can work in the sentence, such as STANDS, but the four letters which have been added need to make a word on their own too.
  • Question 9

Look at this sentence:

 

Dad was KING about what to make for dinner. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
THIN
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? As the word 'was' has been used, this is a clue which tells us that we are looking for a verb with the -ING ending. So what was dad doing? He was THINKING about what to make for dinner! So we need to add the four-letter word THIN to the start of KING to create this new, longer word. You could not choose others words, such as BLINKING or STINKING, as the four letters which have been added need to make a word on their own and the words need to fit with the rest of the sentence provided too.
  • Question 10

Look at this sentence:

 

The ISTS went sightseeing around the city. 

 

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

The letters by themselves make a four-letter word

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
TOUR
EDDIE SAYS
Who goes 'sightseeing around' a 'city'? TOURISTS, of course! The word TOUR should be added, therefore, before the starting letters ISTS. Words relating to other groups of people could be created (e.g. CHEMISTS), but they need to fit with the context of this sentence, which they do not. This activity is now done - we hope you had a lot of fun! You can now add four-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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