Word Scrambles Practice 2

In this practice exercise, students will work out the missing word in a sequence of scrambled words. It will develop their problem solving and sequencing skills, under timed conditions.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Word Scrambles

Difficulty level:

QUESTION 1 of 10

If you are unsure of an answer move on to the next question.

You should come back to questions you found difficult at the end if you have time.

Below are some pairs of words.

They each follow a special pattern and we need to find out what each pattern is!

You need to think about what the pattern is between the first two pairs, and then complete the third pair in the same way.

Let’s look at an example together now.

What could be the special pattern below?

(extending, nets)          (attests, sets)          (cheaply, ____ )

If you look closely, you will notice that the second word is made up of the 5th, 4th and 3rd letters of the first word (in that order) and then an -s is added onto the end.

We need to do the same for the word cheaply.

This gives us pea, then add the s and we get PEAS. YUM!

So the complete set of words would be:

(extending, nets)          (attests, sets)          (cheaply, peas)

Now it’s time to begin this practice exercise.

Good luck!

Here are two groups of words:

[break, beaks]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are two new groups of words:

[torch, teach]

[price, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Check out these new word groupings now:

[feared, four]

[paired, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Check out these new dastardly word duos:

[swarm, raw]

[spans, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Below are your next word suspects:

[towards, coward]

[battles, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are your next groups of words:

[worms, warns]

[bores, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Can you find the pattern in the word scramble below?

[venomous, one]

[stepped, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Review the shifting letters in the word pairs below:

[scorched, scored]

[provided, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are your penultimate word pairings:

[contract, detracts]

[precision, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are your final groups of words:

[tubes, table]

[cubed, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

• Question 1

Here are two groups of words:

[break, beaks]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

EDDIE SAYS
The first word in each group has had its third and fourth letters removed, plus the suffix -s has been added in order to create the second word. So two changes have been made to the first words.
• Question 2

Here are two new groups of words:

[torch, teach]

[price, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Peace
EDDIE SAYS
Let's start by identifying the letters which stay the same in the first pairing - they are 't' and 'ch' (which are the first, fourth and fifth letters). If we apply this to the second pairing, then 'price' becomes: p _ _ c e What have the other two letters been replaced with? To create the word 'teach', the two central letters of 'torch' have been replaced with ea. If we add ea into the gaps here, we reach: p _ _ c e -> p e a c e
• Question 3

Check out these new word groupings now:

[feared, four]

[paired, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Pour
EDDIE SAYS
So two of the letters have stayed the same here, and two have switched, plus the -ed ending has been removed. If we start with our constant letters, we reach: p _ _ r The letter pair we need to add in is ou. If we add this in, then we find: p _ _ r -> p o u r
• Question 4

Check out these new dastardly word duos:

[swarm, raw]

[spans, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Nap
EDDIE SAYS
Let's start by numbering the letters in the first word of our first pair 'swarm' from 1 to 5. Then we need to decide which letters have been used and in which order to create the second word 'raw'. The letters which have been used in their new order are: 4, 3, 2. If we apply this letter pattern to the first word of our second group 'spans', we find that: 4, 3, 2 = n a p
• Question 5

Below are your next word suspects:

[towards, coward]

[battles, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Cattle
EDDIE SAYS
The first word in each group has had its first letter changed to a c, plus the suffix -s removed from its end in order to create the second word.
• Question 6

Here are your next groups of words:

[worms, warns]

[bores, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Barns
EDDIE SAYS
So three of the letters have stayed the same here, and two have switched. The first, third and fifth letters of 'worms' have remained present in the second word 'warns'. If we start with applying our constant letters, we reach: b _ r _ s The letter o has been replaced with an a in the first pairing, whilst the letter fourth letter has been replaced with an n. If we add these two letters into our gaps, then we find: b _ r _ s -> b a r n s
• Question 7

Can you find the pattern in the word scramble below?

[venomous, one]

[stepped, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Pet
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has been created using the fourth, third and second letters of the first word in this order.
• Question 8

Review the shifting letters in the word pairs below:

[scorched, scored]

[provided, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Proved
EDDIE SAYS
The first word in each group has had its fifth and sixth letters removed in order to create the second word.
• Question 9

Here are your penultimate word pairings:

[contract, detracts]

[precision, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Decisions
EDDIE SAYS
The first word in each group has had its first three letters changed to the prefix de-, plus the suffix -s added at its end in order to create the second word.
• Question 10

Here are your final groups of words:

[tubes, table]

[cubed, ____ ]

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Cable
EDDIE SAYS
So two of the letters have stayed the same here, and three have switched. If we start with our constant letters in the first pairing, we find: c _ b _ _ The letter a has been added in the second position, whilst the suffix -le has been added at the end. If we add these in, then we find: c _ b _ _ -> c a b l e
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