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Add a Letter to Create a New Word

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

'Add a Letter to Create a New Word' 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!

Welcome to another worksheet, word inserter!

 

Add the letter G  to the word KIN to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

In the 'real or not' box answer yes or no.

 

 Position  Word created  Real or not?
 Before 1st letter  gkin  no
 After 1st letter    
 After 2nd letter    
 After 3rd letter    

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers.

 Word createdreal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter

Add the letter to the word RED to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

In the 'real or not' box answer yes or no.

 

 Position  Word created  Real or not?
 Before 1st letter  ared  no
 After 1st letter    
 After 2nd letter    
 After 3rd letter    

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers.

 Word createdreal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter

Add the letter to the word CAR to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

In the 'real or not' box answer yes or no.

 

 Position  Word created  Real or not?
 Before 1st letter  ecar  no
 After 1st letter    
 After 2nd letter    
 After 3rd letter    

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers.

 Word createdreal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter

Add the letter S to the word CAT  to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

In the 'real or not' box answer yes or no.

 Word createdreal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter

How are you getting on word detective?

 

Add the letter S to the word OIL to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

In the 'real or not' box answer yes or no.

 Word createdreal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter

Great letter inserting - you're halfway there already!

 

Where can you add the letter to make WIT into a new word?

 

Write the new word in the box below. Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

 

 

 

Where can you add the letter T to make RIM into a new word?

 

Write the new word in the box below. Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

 

 

 

Where can you add the letter L to make END into a new word?

 

Write the new word in the box. Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

 

 

 

Where can you add the letter O to make PEN into a new word?

 

Write the new word in the box below. Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

 

 

 

Last question already, word detective!

 

Where can you add the letter N to make MAY into a new word?

 

Write the new word in the box below. Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

 

  • Question 1

Welcome to another worksheet, word inserter!

 

Add the letter G  to the word KIN to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

In the 'real or not' box answer yes or no.

 

 Position  Word created  Real or not?
 Before 1st letter  gkin  no
 After 1st letter    
 After 2nd letter    
 After 3rd letter    

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdreal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter
EDDIE SAYS
There's only one word we can make adding a G to the word KIN and that is KING. Do you know what the word KIN means? It means someone you are related to - your family. Why not make your own dictionary where you record any new words you might come across.
  • Question 2

Add the letter to the word RED to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

In the 'real or not' box answer yes or no.

 

 Position  Word created  Real or not?
 Before 1st letter  ared  no
 After 1st letter    
 After 2nd letter    
 After 3rd letter    

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdreal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter
EDDIE SAYS
There's only one word we can make adding an A to the word RED and that is READ.
  • Question 3

Add the letter to the word CAR to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

In the 'real or not' box answer yes or no.

 

 Position  Word created  Real or not?
 Before 1st letter  ecar  no
 After 1st letter    
 After 2nd letter    
 After 3rd letter    

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdreal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter
EDDIE SAYS
There's only one word we can make adding an E to the word CAR and that is CARE.
  • Question 4

Add the letter S to the word CAT  to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

In the 'real or not' box answer yes or no.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdreal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter
EDDIE SAYS
Wow! Did you spot that adding an S to the word CAT can make 3 different words? Have you heard of the word SCAT before? It has a couple of meanings - the verb that means to go away and the noun meaning animal droppings. If a word looks like a possibility, have a look in the dictionary to check it. You might be surprised!
  • Question 5

How are you getting on word detective?

 

Add the letter S to the word OIL to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

In the 'real or not' box answer yes or no.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdreal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter
EDDIE SAYS
Adding S to the beginning of OIL makes SOIL or at the end makes OILS. None of the other words appear in the English dictionary.
  • Question 6

Great letter inserting - you're halfway there already!

 

Where can you add the letter to make WIT into a new word?

 

Write the new word in the box below. Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
With
Whit
EDDIE SAYS
There are two possible places to add the H that gives us a word that makes sense. The most common word is WITH but you would also be correct with WHIT, which means a very small part of something. Hwit and wiht aren't real words.
  • Question 7

Where can you add the letter T to make RIM into a new word?

 

Write the new word in the box below. Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Trim
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one place to add the T that gives us a word that makes sense and that is at the beginning to make TRIM. Rtim, ritm, rimt aren't real words.
  • Question 8

Where can you add the letter L to make END into a new word?

 

Write the new word in the box. Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Lend
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one place to add the L that gives us a word that makes sense and that is at the beginning to make LEND. Elnd, enld, endl, aren't real words.
  • Question 9

Where can you add the letter O to make PEN into a new word?

 

Write the new word in the box below. Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Open
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one place to add the O that gives us a word that makes sense and that is at the beginning to make OPEN. Poen, peon, peno aren't real words.
  • Question 10

Last question already, word detective!

 

Where can you add the letter N to make MAY into a new word?

 

Write the new word in the box below. Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Many
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one place to add the N that gives us a word that makes sense and that is after the second letter to make MANY. Nmay, mnay, mayn aren't real words. Great inserting work!! Did you learn any new words?
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