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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 next challenge?

 

Add the letter S  to 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' box answer 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.

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

Add the letter to 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' box answer 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.

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

Add the letter to 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' box answer 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.

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

Add the letter S to the word HOE  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

Add the letter D to the word TEN 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

Halfway through this worksheet already, word detective!

 

Where can you add the letter T to make END 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 E to make SAG 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 E to make WAG 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 H to make TIN into a new word?

 

Write the 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 make PIN into a new word?

 

Write the 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 next challenge?

 

Add the letter S  to 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' box answer 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.

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 created here - BEST and BETS. The S will often go at the end but always be sure to check all other possible positions.
  • Question 2

Add the letter to 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' box answer 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.

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 go to make the words MEAT and MATE. The E is a vowel often seen at the end of words but it's always good to check for any other positions as well.
  • Question 3

Add the letter to 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' box answer 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.

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 RAG and that is RAGE.
  • Question 4

Add the letter S to the word HOE  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 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 to the word TEN 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 a D to the end of TEN makes TEND. Do you know the meaning of TEND? It means to care for someone or to behave regularly in a particular way.
  • Question 6

Halfway through this worksheet already, word detective!

 

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

 

Write the 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, endt aren't real words.
  • Question 7

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

 

Write the 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 word that makes sense and that is at the end to make SAGE. Esag, seag, saeg aren't real words.
  • Question 8

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

 

Write the 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 word that makes sense and that is at the end to make WAGE. Ewag, weag, waeg aren't real words.
  • Question 9

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

 

Write the 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 word that makes sense and that is after the first letter to make THIN. Htin, tihn, tinh aren't real words.
  • Question 10

Ready for the final question?

 

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

 

Write the 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 word that makes sense and that is at the end to make PINK. Kpin, pkin, pikn aren't real words. Terrific work, letter inserter!
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