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Understanding Word Questions 2

In this worksheet, students will be asked to practice answering word questions in preparation for the SATS Reading paper.

'Understanding Word Questions 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: SATs English

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Word Questions

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Great job! You have decided to spend some time practising for your SATS Reading test.

 

In this activity, you will practice how to answer word questions.

 

What are word questions?

  • In the SATs reading test, a word question will ask you to give and explain the meaning of a word in the text. 
  • Usually, word questions are straightforward to answer and a good way to collect some marks in the test.
  • If you have spent time text marking, you may have already highlighted the word you are being asked about!
  • You may be asked to look at a paragraph to find a word, so make sure you read all of it carefully.
  • If you are unsure what a word means, re-read the sentence it is in and the sentences that surround it.

 

Word questions are a main question type in the SATs Reading test so by completing this activity, you will be used to them and better prepared for the test, good luck!

 

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Read the extract carefully, what is the name of the street that the house is situated on?

 

There was something wrong about the house in Westfield Row. Something sinister. All the houses in the street were more or less identical: redbrick, Victorian, with three bedrooms on the first floor and a square garden in front of the downstairs bay window.

Which word in the passage shows that the house had fallen into disrepair?

 

Some of the houses had Sky and so had satellite dishes. Some had hanging baskets filled with delightful flowers. But looking down from the top of the hill stood the dilapidated house. Its paint peeling from the window frames, the plants withered in the front garden and the wheelie bin overflowing with rubbish. Number twenty-five no longer belonged there. It was as if it had caught some sort of disease and needed to be taken away.

withered

disease

dilapidated

overflowing

Which phrase shows that most people did care for their house?

 

Some of the houses had Sky and so had satellite dishes. Some had hanging baskets filled with delightful flowers. But looking down from the top of the hill stood the dilapidated house. Its paint peeling from the window frames, the plants withered in the front garden and the wheelie bin overflowing with rubbish. Number twenty-five no longer belonged there. It was as if it had caught some sort of disease and needed to be taken away.

satellite dishes

wheelie bin overflowing with rubbish

some sort of disease

hanging baskets filled with delightful flowers

The front garden was completely full of rubbish and surrounded by black garbage bags. This wasn’t uncommon in the neglected house. The curtains were permanently drawn across the front windows and nobody ever even seemed to turn a light on! 

But it wasn't as though the neighbours could just ignore number twenty-five...it stunk! For weeks now there had been a rotten, sewagey smell that had seemed at first to be coming from a blocked pipe but that had rapidly got worse until people had begun to cross the street to avoid it. Whatever was causing the smell was having a devastating effect on the entire property...the grass was beginning to die, the flowers wither and it seemed as though the colour from the bricks was literally draining away.

 

Focus on this sentence from the passage:

Whatever was causing the smell was having a devastating effect on the entire property.

What is the meaning of the word 'devastating'?

Exciting and unpredictable

Sad and miserable.

Hopeful and happy.

Causing shock and distress.

The front garden was completely full of rubbish and surrounded by black garbage bags. This wasn’t uncommon in the neglected house. The curtains were permanently drawn across the front windows and nobody ever even seemed to turn a light on! 

But it wasn't as though the neighbours could just ignore number twenty-five...it stunk! For weeks now there had been a rotten, sewagey smell that had seemed at first to be coming from a blocked pipe but that had rapidly got worse until people had begun to cross the street to avoid it. Whatever was causing the smell was having a devastating effect on the entire property...the grass was beginning to die, the flowers wither and it seemed as though the colour from the bricks was literally draining away.

 

Find and copy the word that shows the curtains were always closed in the house.

 

Sure, the neighbours had constantly tried to complain, they had often hammered on the front door but to no avail, no one ever answered. They had tried to telephone but again no answer. In the end, they phoned Nottingham Council but they were unable to do anything for weeks and weeks.

The thing was, they knew the house wasn't empty. The neighbours had seen the owner, Penelope Smith pacing back and forth in front of her net curtains. Just once, she had been spotted marching back from the local shop. The other piece of evidence that proved there was still life at number twenty-five was the fact that every evening, at exactly 7pm, the television switched on. Oh yes, undoubtedly, Penelope Smith was well known on the street.

 

Find and copy the word that means to express dissatisfaction about something.

 

 

Sure, the neighbours had constantly tried to complain, they had often hammered on the front door but to no avail, no one ever answered. They had tried to telephone but again no answer. In the end, they phoned Nottingham Council but they were unable to do anything for weeks and weeks.

The thing was, they knew the house wasn't empty. The neighbours had seen the owner, Penelope Smith pacing back and forth in front of her net curtains. Just once, she had been spotted marching back from the local shop. The other piece of evidence that proved there was still life at number twenty-five was the fact that every evening, at exactly 7pm, the television switched on. Oh yes, undoubtedly, Penelope Smith was well known on the street.

 

Can you find the word that shows how the neighbours knocked on the door?

 

 

Sure, the neighbours had constantly tried to complain, they had often hammered on the front door but to no avail, no one ever answered. They had tried to telephone but again no answer. In the end, they phoned Nottingham Council but they were unable to do anything for weeks and weeks.

The thing was, they knew the house wasn't empty. The neighbours had seen the owner, Penelope Smith pacing back and forth in front of her net curtains. Just once, she had been spotted marching back from the local shop. The other piece of evidence that proved there was still life at number twenty-five was the fact that every evening, at exactly 7pm, the television switched on. Oh yes, undoubtedly, Penelope Smith was well known on the street.

 

Can you choose the word that most accurately describes the short story about the strange house?

 

 

Sinister

Joyful

Clever

Delightful

Carefully read this sentence:

 

The tension had been high between the two, rival football teams.

 

Which word closely matches the meaning of the word 'rival'?

Friend

Equal

Opponent

Cousin

Carefully read this sentence:

 

I was asked to see the teacher at my earliest convenience.

 

Give the meaning of the word 'convenience' in this sentence.

  • Question 1

Read the extract carefully, what is the name of the street that the house is situated on?

 

There was something wrong about the house in Westfield Row. Something sinister. All the houses in the street were more or less identical: redbrick, Victorian, with three bedrooms on the first floor and a square garden in front of the downstairs bay window.

CORRECT ANSWER
Westfield Row
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do on this first question? The name of the street that the house is situated on is Westfield Row. The answer to this question is found in the first sentence. Remember to re-read the text a couple of times to check you have fully understood it.
  • Question 2

Which word in the passage shows that the house had fallen into disrepair?

 

Some of the houses had Sky and so had satellite dishes. Some had hanging baskets filled with delightful flowers. But looking down from the top of the hill stood the dilapidated house. Its paint peeling from the window frames, the plants withered in the front garden and the wheelie bin overflowing with rubbish. Number twenty-five no longer belonged there. It was as if it had caught some sort of disease and needed to be taken away.

CORRECT ANSWER
dilapidated
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot that 'dilapidated' means in poor condition? House number twenty-five is neglected and uncared for.
  • Question 3

Which phrase shows that most people did care for their house?

 

Some of the houses had Sky and so had satellite dishes. Some had hanging baskets filled with delightful flowers. But looking down from the top of the hill stood the dilapidated house. Its paint peeling from the window frames, the plants withered in the front garden and the wheelie bin overflowing with rubbish. Number twenty-five no longer belonged there. It was as if it had caught some sort of disease and needed to be taken away.

CORRECT ANSWER
hanging baskets filled with delightful flowers
EDDIE SAYS
Did you notice that 'hanging baskets filled with flowers' shows that most people in the street took care of their house and wanted it to look presentable? Remember to skim through the whole paragraph again when you are asked to find a particular phrase. Keep going- this is a good start practising how to answer word questions!
  • Question 4

The front garden was completely full of rubbish and surrounded by black garbage bags. This wasn’t uncommon in the neglected house. The curtains were permanently drawn across the front windows and nobody ever even seemed to turn a light on! 

But it wasn't as though the neighbours could just ignore number twenty-five...it stunk! For weeks now there had been a rotten, sewagey smell that had seemed at first to be coming from a blocked pipe but that had rapidly got worse until people had begun to cross the street to avoid it. Whatever was causing the smell was having a devastating effect on the entire property...the grass was beginning to die, the flowers wither and it seemed as though the colour from the bricks was literally draining away.

 

Focus on this sentence from the passage:

Whatever was causing the smell was having a devastating effect on the entire property.

What is the meaning of the word 'devastating'?

CORRECT ANSWER
Causing shock and distress.
EDDIE SAYS
Is this getting easier? Hopefully, you chose 'causing shock and distress'. 'Devastating' is a powerful word and is used within the passage to show the huge, negative impact the lack of care has caused to the house. When you are answering 'word' questions, you will find you are expected to understand and explain the meaning of words.
  • Question 5

The front garden was completely full of rubbish and surrounded by black garbage bags. This wasn’t uncommon in the neglected house. The curtains were permanently drawn across the front windows and nobody ever even seemed to turn a light on! 

But it wasn't as though the neighbours could just ignore number twenty-five...it stunk! For weeks now there had been a rotten, sewagey smell that had seemed at first to be coming from a blocked pipe but that had rapidly got worse until people had begun to cross the street to avoid it. Whatever was causing the smell was having a devastating effect on the entire property...the grass was beginning to die, the flowers wither and it seemed as though the colour from the bricks was literally draining away.

 

Find and copy the word that shows the curtains were always closed in the house.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
permanently
EDDIE SAYS
Great work if you spotted that the word 'permanently' means the same as 'always'. A word question will always challenge you to show that you understand the meaning of words and phrases in the test paper. You're making great progress, keep it up!
  • Question 6

Sure, the neighbours had constantly tried to complain, they had often hammered on the front door but to no avail, no one ever answered. They had tried to telephone but again no answer. In the end, they phoned Nottingham Council but they were unable to do anything for weeks and weeks.

The thing was, they knew the house wasn't empty. The neighbours had seen the owner, Penelope Smith pacing back and forth in front of her net curtains. Just once, she had been spotted marching back from the local shop. The other piece of evidence that proved there was still life at number twenty-five was the fact that every evening, at exactly 7pm, the television switched on. Oh yes, undoubtedly, Penelope Smith was well known on the street.

 

Find and copy the word that means to express dissatisfaction about something.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
complain
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to find the word 'complain'? This word means the same as to express dissatisfaction about something. Remember to re-read the text to try to work out the word with the same meaning. Keep going- you are making super progress!
  • Question 7

Sure, the neighbours had constantly tried to complain, they had often hammered on the front door but to no avail, no one ever answered. They had tried to telephone but again no answer. In the end, they phoned Nottingham Council but they were unable to do anything for weeks and weeks.

The thing was, they knew the house wasn't empty. The neighbours had seen the owner, Penelope Smith pacing back and forth in front of her net curtains. Just once, she had been spotted marching back from the local shop. The other piece of evidence that proved there was still life at number twenty-five was the fact that every evening, at exactly 7pm, the television switched on. Oh yes, undoubtedly, Penelope Smith was well known on the street.

 

Can you find the word that shows how the neighbours knocked on the door?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
hammered
EDDIE SAYS
Keep up the great work! The word that showed how the neighbours knocked on the door is 'hammered'. By using this word, the author makes it clear how angry the neighbours were becoming! Keep going- you are making super progress!
  • Question 8

Sure, the neighbours had constantly tried to complain, they had often hammered on the front door but to no avail, no one ever answered. They had tried to telephone but again no answer. In the end, they phoned Nottingham Council but they were unable to do anything for weeks and weeks.

The thing was, they knew the house wasn't empty. The neighbours had seen the owner, Penelope Smith pacing back and forth in front of her net curtains. Just once, she had been spotted marching back from the local shop. The other piece of evidence that proved there was still life at number twenty-five was the fact that every evening, at exactly 7pm, the television switched on. Oh yes, undoubtedly, Penelope Smith was well known on the street.

 

Can you choose the word that most accurately describes the short story about the strange house?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Sinister
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, by carefully reading the short story, you have realised it is a 'sinister' story. We do not find out how it ends and so we are left with unanswered questions.
  • Question 9

Carefully read this sentence:

 

The tension had been high between the two, rival football teams.

 

Which word closely matches the meaning of the word 'rival'?

CORRECT ANSWER
Opponent
EDDIE SAYS
Did you read the question carefully? The word that closely matches 'rival' is 'opponent'. Always remember to re-read the sentence a couple of times to try to work out the meaning of a specific word.
  • Question 10

Carefully read this sentence:

 

I was asked to see the teacher at my earliest convenience.

 

Give the meaning of the word 'convenience' in this sentence.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
In this question, the pupil is expected to show a clear understanding of the word 'convenience', which is one of the Year 5/6 tricky words. The explanation should indicate that the word means to be able to proceed with something without difficulty. Great work! You've completed another activity and are even more prepared for the SATs reading paper.
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