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Add Missing Letters to Make a Word Using Clues

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing letters in a word. They will be given clues and synonyms to help them. It will develop students’ vocabulary, problem solving and spelling skills.

'Add Missing Letters to Make a Word Using Clues' 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!

Here is part of a word:

OR

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Someone who performs in a play or stars in a film. 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

COUR

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Bravery.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

ATRE

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can watch a play here.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

SH

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can put your books on this.

 

books

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

LN

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Remember that the missing letters can be in the middle of the word and not just at the start or the end of the word.

Watch out for tricky ones like this as you go through the questions.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Discover.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

DR

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Take a sip of liquid.

 

water

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 

Here is part of a word:

IC

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Subject.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

SM

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A group of bees.

 

honeybee

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

OION

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you: 

This is my point of view.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

Here is part of a word:

CH

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can play football here.

 

football

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

  • Question 1

Here is part of a word:

OR

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Someone who performs in a play or stars in a film. 

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
ACT
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find the word? The word ACT is part of the word ACTOR. There are other options such as MANOR but only ACTOR matches the clue.
  • Question 2

Here is part of a word:

COUR

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Bravery.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
AGE
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? The word AGE is part of the word COURAGE. A word such as COURIER would not be correct as IER is not a word and COURIER would not fit the clue.
  • Question 3

Here is part of a word:

ATRE

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can watch a play here.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
THE
EDDIE SAYS
Good try, detective! The missing word THE is part of the word THEATRE.
  • Question 4

Here is part of a word:

SH

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can put your books on this.

 

books

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
ELF
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word ELF is part of the longer word SHELF. You couldn't have a word like SHIRT as the IRT don't make a word on their own and who puts their books on a shirt?
  • Question 5

Here is part of a word:

LN

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it?

 

Remember that the missing letters can be in the middle of the word and not just at the start or the end of the word.

Watch out for tricky ones like this as you go through the questions.

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Discover.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
EAR
EDDIE SAYS
This was a tough one! The word EAR is part of the word LEARN. A word such as LADEN would not be correct as ADE is not a word.
  • Question 6

Here is part of a word:

DR

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Take a sip of liquid.

 

water

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

 
CORRECT ANSWER
INK
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the word? The missing word INK is part of the word DRINK. There are other options such as DRILL but these do not fit the clue.
  • Question 7

Here is part of a word:

IC

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Subject.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
TOP
EDDIE SAYS
Top marks! The word TOP is part of the word TOPIC. An answer such as MAGIC would not fit the clue.
  • Question 8

Here is part of a word:

SM

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A group of bees.

 

honeybee

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
WAR
EDDIE SAYS
Nice try! The missing word WAR is part of the word SWARM. There are other words, such as SMALL, but only SWARM fits the clue.
  • Question 9

Here is part of a word:

OION

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you: 

This is my point of view.

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
PIN
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word PIN is part of the word OPINION. One question to go!
  • Question 10

Here is part of a word:

CH

 

It has had three of its letters taken away by the letter thief.

The letters by themselves make a three-letter word. 

What is it? 

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can play football here.

 

football

 

Please write your answer in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
PIT
EDDIE SAYS
The missing word PIT is part of the word PITCH. An answer such as MATCH would not be correct as it does not fit the clue. Well done! You've completed all the questions and located all the letters!
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