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Identify Combinations of Letters Which Create New Words

In this worksheet, students will create a new word by inserting a letter into an existing word.

'Identify Combinations of Letters Which Create New Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Move a Letter

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Welcome word detective, we need your help with this word puzzle.

 

Can we count on you to solve the mystery?

 

We need to insert the letter into the word below to make a new word:

pant

 

The letter can be placed anywhere in the word but we cannot jumble the order of the letters.

 

Let’s add the letter i at the start of the word.

ipant - This doesn’t make a real word.

 

How about after the first letter?

piant - Also, not a real word.

 

Let’s try after the second letter:

paint - We have found our real word!  

                                               

  children with paint on hands

 

Which real word can we make if we insert the letter n into the word below?

pat

 

Let’s see what the word would look like with the letter added in different positions:

 

 Position  Word created  Real or not?
 Before 1st letter  npat  Not real
 After 1st letter  pnat  Not real
 After 2nd letter  pant  Real! We have a winner!
 After 3rd letter  patn  Not real

 

The correct answer is pant.

 

Let’s try another:

Which real word can we make if we insert the letter m into the word below?

tea

 

Let’s see what the word would look like with the letter added in different positions:

 

Position  Word created  Real or not?
 Before 1st letter  mtea  Not real
 After 1st letter  tmea  Not real
 After 2nd letter  tema  Not real
 After 3rd letter  team  Real! We have a winner!

 

The correct answer is team.  

                                 

    a small football team

 

Now, it’s your turn to create new words by inserting letters.

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

 

Say each of the words out loud, this will help you to recognise if it's a real word.

 

Good luck letter inserter!

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