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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

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!  

                                               

  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!

Ready for off, letter inserter?

 

How many words can you make by adding E, A or T to 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 LAP to make a new word. 

How many words can you make by adding P, E or A to 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 MOP to make a new word.

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.

 

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

How many words can you make by adding P, A or T to 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.

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.

  • Question 1

Ready for off, letter inserter?

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
It's possible to make one new word - LEAP.
  • Question 2

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Clap
Flap
Lamp
Slap
Laps
EDDIE SAYS
So, previously we found LEAP by adding an E. We could also add C, F, M or S to LAP to make clap, flap, lamp, slap and laps.
  • Question 3

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

 

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make one new word - MOPE.
  • Question 4

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Mops
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.

CORRECT ANSWER
3
EDDIE SAYS
It's possible to make three new words - HERS, HERE and HEAR.
  • Question 6

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Herd
Heir
Hero
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used S, E and A. In addition to that, you could have HERD, HEIR and 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 to the word LOT?

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make one new word - PLOT. If you were wondering about A LOT, remember that it's two separate words.
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Blot
Clot
Loft
Loot
Lots
Lost
Slot
Lout
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used the P to make PLOT. In addition to that, you could have used B, C, F, O, S and U. Wow, what a lot of different words you could make!
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
3
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.

CORRECT ANSWER
Scat
Swat
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used the L and E. Here, we could use C or W to make another word. Great focus, that’s another activity completed!
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