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Add a Three-Letter Word to Create a New Word

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 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 have they 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 have they 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!

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Someone who performs in a play or stars in a film

 

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

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Bravery

 

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

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can watch a play here

 

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

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can put your books on this

 

books

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

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Discover

 

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

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Take a sip of liquid

 

water

 

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

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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Subject

 

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

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A group of bees

 

honeybee

 

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

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

 

Here is a clue to help you: 

This is my point of view

 

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

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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can play football here

 

football

 

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

  • 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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Someone who performs in a play or stars in a film

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ACT
EDDIE SAYS
What do we call a person who performs in a play or film? We call them an ACTOR. So where do letters need to be added to the starting word OR, to turn it into ACTOR? We need to add the three-letter word ACT to the start of -OR, to create our target word, ACTOR. There are other word options which can be created by adding different three-letter words, such as adding MAN to create MANOR, but only ACTOR matches the clue provided. How did you get on with this first case detective? Ready for another?
  • 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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Bravery

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
AGE
EDDIE SAYS
What is another word for 'brave'? The word AGE is part of the longer word COURAGE. A word such as COURIER could be created but would not be correct, as the three-letters used are not a word themselves and/or the word created does not fit the clues. Remember word detective, we are not looking for just any old suspect here - we are looking for the single culprit, which joins all the clues together!
  • 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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can watch a play here

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
THE
EDDIE SAYS
Where do you watch a play? The missing word THE can be added to create the longer word THEATRE. Hopefully, you spelt this word correctly, as it doesn't sound exactly like it is written. Have you ever been to the 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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can put your books on this

 

books

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ELF
EDDIE SAYS
What do we put books on? These creatures are also rumoured to help Santa prepare for Christmas? The missing word ELF is part of the longer word SHELF. You couldn't use a word like SHIRT, as IRT don't make a word on its own, plus 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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Discover

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EAR
EDDIE SAYS
This was a tough one, as only two starting letters were provided! What is a synonym for 'discover'? The word EAR is part of the mystery word LEARN. A word such as LADEN could be created by adding ADE, but this is not a word on its own and does not match the clue given.
  • 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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

Take a sip of liquid

 

water

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
INK
EDDIE SAYS
Which verb means to 'take a sip of liquid'? The missing word INK is part of the longer word DRINK. There are other options which can be created by adding other three-letter words, such as ILL to make DRILL, but these do not fit with this 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

 

Here is a synonym to help you:

Subject

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
TOP
EDDIE SAYS
Top marks if you got this school-based, challenge correct! What is another word for a 'subject' in school? The word TOP is part of the mystery word TOPIC. This clue-word was a little tricky to utilise, as it could have been a noun (as it was in this case) or a verb - look out for sneaky tricksters like this! Other answers, such as MAGIC, would not match this 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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

A group of bees

 

honeybee

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
WAR
EDDIE SAYS
What is the word used to describe 'a group of bees'? The missing word WAR is part of the mystery word SWARM. There are other words which can be created by adding other three-letter words, such as ALL to create SMALL, but only SWARM fits with the clue given - we wouldn't see a SMALL of bees, would we?!
  • 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

 

Here is a clue to help you: 

This is my point of view

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
PIN
EDDIE SAYS
What is the single word used to describe your own 'point of view'? It is also considered to be the opposite of a fact? The missing word PIN is part of the mystery word OPINION. Only one challenge remains, word detective!
  • 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

 

Here is a clue to help you:

You can play football here

 

football

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
PIT
EDDIE SAYS
Where is the game of football usually played? The missing word PIT is part of the secret word PITCH. An answer such as MATCH would not be correct, because even though it is related to football, it does not fit with this clue. Well done - you've cracked all of these cases and located all the missing letters! You can now add three-letter words into sets of letters to create a longer, new word, which matches a clue or synonym provided.
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