# 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.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Move a Letter

Difficulty level:

### QUESTION 1 of 10

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!

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

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!

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

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

Good luck letter inserter!

How many words can you make by adding E, A or T into the word LAP?

Remember, it's important to keep the letters LAP in the same order.

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Think of another letter that you could add to the word LAP to make a new word.

Type only one letter into the box below.

If you can think of more than one option (well done!), then choose your favourite option to input.

How many words can you make by adding P, or A into the word MOP.

Remember, it's important to keep the letters MOP in the same order.

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Think of another letter that you could add to the word MOP to make a new word.

Type only one letter into the box below.

If you can think of more than one option (well done!), then choose your favourite option to input.

How many words can you make by adding S, E or A to the word HER?

Remember, it's important to keep the letters HER in the same order.

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Think of another letter that you could add to HER to make a new word.

Type only one letter into the box below.

If you can think of more than one option (well done!), then choose your favourite option to input.

How many words can you make by adding P, A or T into the word LOT?

Remember, it's important to keep the letters LOT in the same order.

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Think of another word that you could make by adding a new letter to LOT to make a new word.

Type only one word into the box below.

If you can think of more than one option (well done!), then choose your favourite option to input.

How many words can you make by adding L, E or D to the word SAT?

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Brilliant letter inserting!

Finally... think of another word you could make by adding a new letter to SAT.

Type only one word into the box below.

If you can think of more than one option (well done!), then choose your favourite option to input.

• Question 1

How many words can you make by adding E, A or T into the word LAP?

Remember, it's important to keep the letters LAP in the same order.

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EDDIE SAYS
It's possible to make only one new word using any of these letter options - LEAP.
• Question 2

Think of another letter that you could add to the word LAP to make a new word.

Type only one letter into the box below.

If you can think of more than one option (well done!), then choose your favourite option to input.

C
F
L
S
EDDIE SAYS
So, previously we found LEAP by adding an E. We could also add C to make CLAP; F to make FLAP; M to make LAMP; S to make SLAP or LAPS.
• Question 3

How many words can you make by adding P, or A into the word MOP.

Remember, it's important to keep the letters MOP in the same order.

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EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make only one new word by adding any of these letters - MOPE.
• Question 4

Think of another letter that you could add to the word MOP to make a new word.

Type only one letter into the box below.

If you can think of more than one option (well done!), then choose your favourite option to input.

S
EDDIE SAYS
Another option would be to add an S to make MOPS.
• Question 5

How many words can you make by adding S, E or A to the word HER?

Remember, it's important to keep the letters HER in the same order.

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EDDIE SAYS
It's possible to make three new words by inserting any of these three letter options - HERS, HERE and HEAR.
• Question 6

Think of another letter that you could add to HER to make a new word.

Type only one letter into the box below.

If you can think of more than one option (well done!), then choose your favourite option to input.

D
I
O
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used S, E and A. In addition to that, you could have added: D to make HERD; I to make HEIR; or O to make HERO. You're doing really well - halfway through already - a real word hero!
• Question 7

How many words can you make by adding P, A or T into the word LOT?

Remember, it's important to keep the letters LOT in the same order.

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EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make one new word using any of these letter options - PLOT. If you were wondering about A LOT, remember that this is, in fact, two separate words so don't let it catch you out detective!
• Question 8

Think of another word that you could make by adding a new letter to LOT to make a new word.

Type only one word into the box below.

If you can think of more than one option (well done!), then choose your favourite option to input.

Blot
Clot
Loft
Loot
Lost
Slot
Lots
Lout
EDDIE SAYS
Did you notice you were asked for a word rather than a letter this time? In the previous question, you used the P to make PLOT. In addition to that, you could have used: B to make BLOT; C to make CLOT; F to make LOFT; O to make LOOT; S to make LOST, SLOT or LOTS; or, finally, U to make LOUT. Wow, what a lot of different words you could make here!
• Question 9

How many words can you make by adding L, E or D to the word SAT?

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EDDIE SAYS
It's possible to make three new words using the L and the E to make SLAT, SALT and SEAT.
• Question 10

Brilliant letter inserting!

Finally... think of another word you could make by adding a new letter to SAT.

Type only one word into the box below.

If you can think of more than one option (well done!), then choose your favourite option to input.

Scat
Swat
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used the L and E. Alternatively, we could use C to make SCAT, or W to make SWAT. Great focus, that’s another activity completed! Why not try another 'Move a Letter' activity now that you are on a roll?
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