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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 is a real word.

 

Good luck letter inserter!

Greetings, letter inserter.

Are you ready for the this challenge?

 

Add the letter into the word BET to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

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

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly.

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

Add the letter E into the word  MAT to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

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

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

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

Add the letter E into the word RAG to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

We have done the first line here for you. 

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

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

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

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

Add the letter S into the word HOE  to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

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

Add the letter D into the word TEN to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

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

Halfway through this worksheet already, word detective!

 

Where can you add the letter T to change the word END into a new word?

 

Type your new word in the box below.

 

Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

Where can you add the letter E to change the word SAG into a new word?

 

Type your new word in the box below.

 

Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

Where can you add the letter E to change the word WAG into a new word?

 

Type your new word in the box below.

 

Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

Where can you add the letter H to change the word TIN into a new word?

 

Type your new word in the box below.

 

Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

Ready for the final question?

 

Where can you add the letter K to change the word PIN into a new word?

 

Type your new word in the box below.

 

Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

  • Question 1

Greetings, letter inserter.

Are you ready for the this challenge?

 

Add the letter into the word BET to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

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

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdReal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter
EDDIE SAYS
There are two possible words which can be created here - BEST and BETS. The S will often go at the end of a word, but always be sure to check all other possible positions too.
  • Question 2

Add the letter E into the word  MAT to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

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

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdReal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter
EDDIE SAYS
There are two possible positions for the E to be placed in, to make the words MEAT and MATE. The E is a vowel which is often seen at the end of words, but it's always good to check for any other positions which may work as well.
  • Question 3

Add the letter E into the word RAG to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

We have done the first line here for you. 

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

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

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

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 by adding an E to the word RAG, and that is RAGE.
  • Question 4

Add the letter S into the word HOE  to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word 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 HOE can make 3 different words? Have you heard of the word HOE before? It is something gardeners use to remove weeds in the garden - HOES is its plural.
  • Question 5

Add the letter D into the word TEN to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid. 

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdReal or not?
Before 1st letter
After 1st letter
After 2nd letter
After 3rd letter
EDDIE SAYS
Adding a D to the end of TEN makes the word TEND. Do you know the meaning of TEND? It means to care for someone or to behave regularly in a particular way e.g. I tend for my pet cat. OR I tend to arrive at school at 8am.
  • Question 6

Halfway through this worksheet already, word detective!

 

Where can you add the letter T to change the word END into a new word?

 

Type your new word in the box below.

 

Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

CORRECT ANSWER
Tend
EDDIE SAYS
We can add the T to the beginning to make TEND. ETND, ENTD and ENDT aren't real words.
  • Question 7

Where can you add the letter E to change the word SAG into a new word?

 

Type your new word in the box below.

 

Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

CORRECT ANSWER
Sage
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one place to add the E that gives us a real word, and that is at the end to make SAGE. ESAG, SEAG and SAEG aren't real words.
  • Question 8

Where can you add the letter E to change the word WAG into a new word?

 

Type your new word in the box below.

 

Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

CORRECT ANSWER
Wage
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one place to add the E that gives us a real word, and that is at the end to make WAGE. EWAG, WEAG and WAEG aren't real words.
  • Question 9

Where can you add the letter H to change the word TIN into a new word?

 

Type your new word in the box below.

 

Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

CORRECT ANSWER
Thin
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one place to add the H that gives us a real word, and that is after the first letter to make THIN. HTIN, TIHN and TINH aren't real words.
  • Question 10

Ready for the final question?

 

Where can you add the letter K to change the word PIN into a new word?

 

Type your new word in the box below.

 

Remember that the word you have made must make sense!

CORRECT ANSWER
Pink
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one place to add the K that gives us a real word, and that is at the end to make PINK. KPIN, PKIN and PIKN aren't real words. Terrific work, letter inserter!
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