Writing - Guess the Missing Word
Can you spot the missing word in the following ten questions?

Writing - Guess the Missing Word

Writing - Guess the Missing Word helps children in KS1 read a sentence and notice what is wrong with it. By being able to spot missing words, children will be able to develop their sentence level skills. This will enhance their editing abilities, as requested in the National Curriculum for Year 2 pupils. It will also give them a firm foundation when it comes to English and literacy.

Sometimes, we think too fast and our hands can’t keep up. When this happens, we forget words or think we have written everything but then find out we haven’t. That’s why editing, or reading through our work, is so important. Have a look at these sentences and see what is missing.

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  1. 'We went the zoo.' Which word is missing?
    The sentence should read, 'We went to the zoo.' The most common words that are forgotten are 'to' and 'the'.
  2. Which sentence is missing a word?
    The word that is missing is 'of'. The sentence should say, 'The island was full of volcanic rock.' Before the lava comes out of the volcano it is called magma.
  3. Which sentence is missing a word?
    The word we are missing is 'it's'. The first answer is the correct sentence. Televisions first went on sale in the late 1920s.
  4. Which sentence is missing a word?
    Here we are missing the word 'are'. It should say, 'The speakers on my radio are broken.' Often, it's the small words we forget.
  5. Which sentence is missing a word?
    It should say, 'It is illegal to sell or damage coral.' The reason it is illegal is because it is so precious and many animals and organisms need it to survive.
  6. Which sentence is missing a word?
    It should say 'I went to the circus and it was fun.' If you join a circus, never whistle backstage as that's considered to be bad luck.
  7. Which sentence is missing a word?
    It should say, 'Butterflies are delicate creatures.' Butterflies are very delicate and if you're lucky enough to have one land on you, then you need to be careful and try not to touch its wings.
  8. Which sentence is missing a word?
    It should say, 'I am the best basketball player in the school.' In America, all professional basketball teams belong to the NBA (National Basketball Association).
  9. Which sentence is missing a word?
    We are missing the word 'my'. It should say, 'My teddy bear is my best friend.' Some teddy bears can cost millions of pounds but luckily the ones we see in our local shops are much cheaper.
  10. Which sentence is missing a word?
    Did you spot that the last answer was correct whereas the third answer was missing the word 'ink'? Octopuses normally squirt ink if they think they are in danger; they use it to defend themselves.

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