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Word Scrambles Practice 3

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.

'Word Scrambles Practice 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Word Scrambles

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The following activity is a practice exercise to help you measure your success under timed conditions. 

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:

 

[comfort, force]

[cowslip, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[doctor, rote]

[itself, ____ ]

                                                                                                

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:

 

[planet, pet]

[submit, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[learned, dent]

[uprisen, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[chosen, closed]

[shower, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[heading, hiding]

[weather, ____ ]

 

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?

 

[chart, shape]

[twins, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[rotate, late]

[strike, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[cloth, slope]

[acorn, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[blank, crane]

[flats, ____ ]

 

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:

 

[comfort, force]

[cowslip, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Slice
EDDIE SAYS
Let's start by numbering the letters in the first word of our first pair 'comfort' from 1 to 7. Then we need to decide which letters have been used and in which order to create the second word 'force'. The letters which have been used in their new order are: 4, 5 or 2, 6, 1, +e. We know that we need to add the e to the end, as no letter e appears in our first word. If we apply this letter pattern to the first word of our second group 'cowslip', we have these two options: 4, 5, 6, 1, +e = s l i c e 4, 2, 6, 1, +e = s o i c e Which of these words is real and can be found in the dictionary? It's 'slice' of course - so there's our answer.
  • Question 2

Here are two new groups of words:

 

[doctor, rote]

[itself, ____ ]

                                                                                                

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Flee
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has been created using the sixth, fifth and fourth letters (in this order) of the first word, plus the letter e has been added at the end. We know that the letter e must be added, as it does not appear at all in our first word.
  • Question 3

Check out these new word groupings now:

 

[planet, pet]

[submit, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Sit
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group is made up of the first, fifth and sixth letters of the first word.
  • Question 4

Check out these new dastardly word duos:

 

[learned, dent]

[uprisen, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Nest
EDDIE SAYS
Let's start by numbering the letters in the first word of our first pair 'learned' from 1 to 7. Then we need to decide which letters have been used and in which order to create the second word 'dent'. The letters which have been used in their new order are: 7, 2 or 6, 5, +t. We know that we need to add the t to the end, as no letter t appears in our first word. If we apply this letter pattern to the first word of our second group 'uprisen', we have these two options: 7, 2, 5, +t = n n s t 7, 6, 5, +t = n e s t Which of these words is real? Our culprit is 'nest'.
  • Question 5

Below are your next word suspects:

 

[chosen, closed]

[shower, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Slowed
EDDIE SAYS
Let's number the letters in the first word of our first pair 'chosen' from 1 to 6. Then we need to decide which letters have been used and in which order to create the second word 'closed'. The letters which have been used in their new order are: 1, +l, 3, 4, 5, +d. We know that the letters l and d have been added, as they do not appear at all in our first word. If we apply this letter pattern to the first word of our second group 'shower', we find that: 1, +l, 3, 4, 5, +d = s l o w e d
  • Question 6

Here are your next groups of words:

 

[heading, hiding]

[weather, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Wither
EDDIE SAYS
The first word in each group has had its second and third letters changed to an i in order to create the second word.
  • Question 7

Can you find the pattern in the word scramble below?

 

[chart, shape]

[twins, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Swipe
EDDIE SAYS
The first word in each group has had its first letter changed to a c, plus its final two letters replaced with the letter pairing pe, in order to create the second word.
  • Question 8

Review the shifting letters in the word pairs below:

 

[rotate, late]

[strike, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Like
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group is made up of the last three letters of the first word, with the letter l added at the start. We know that the letter l must be added, as it does not appear at all in our first word.
  • Question 9

Here are your penultimate word pairings:

 

[cloth, slope]

[acorn, ____ ]

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Scope
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group is made up of the first and second letters of the first word, with the letter s added at the start and the final two letters replaced with the letter pair pe.
  • Question 10

Here are your final groups of words:

 

[blank, crane]

[flats, ____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Crate
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group is made up of the third and fourth letters of the first word, with the prefix cr- added at the start and the final letter switched for a letter e instead.
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