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Choose the Letter Which Creates a New Word

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

'Choose the Letter Which Creates 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!

 

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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!

Another juicy activity for you, letter inserter!

 

Which letter from the options below can you add to the word FEE to make a new, four-letter word?

E

T

M

Which letter from the options below can you add to the word EEL to make a new, four-letter word?

F

T

N

Which letter from the options below can you add to the word ALE to make a new, four-letter word?

J

N

D

Which letter from the options below can you add to the word ASH to make a new, four-letter word?

P

M

I

Which letter from the options below can you add to the word END to make a new, four-letter word?

K

O

L

How are you getting on, word detective?

 

Mark all the letters from the options below that you could add to CAN to make a new, four-letter word.

 

Mark all the letters from the options below that you could add to RAN to make a new, four-letter word.

 

Mark all the letters from the options below that you could add to TIN to make a new, four-letter word.

Mark all the letters from the options below that you could add to THE to make a new, four-letter word.

Can you believe that you're already at the final question?!

 

Mark all the letters from the options below that you could add to PIE to make a new, four-letter word.

 

  • Question 1

Another juicy activity for you, letter inserter!

 

Which letter from the options below can you add to the word FEE to make a new, four-letter word?

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
Adding the T to the end of the word FEE will make the new word FEET. Did you spot that?
  • Question 2

Which letter from the options below can you add to the word EEL to make a new, four-letter word?

CORRECT ANSWER
F
EDDIE SAYS
Adding the F to the start of the word EEL, will make the new word FEEL. Whilst NEEL and TEEL sound like real words, they are spelt differently when we write them - kneel and teal. Don't let sneaky red herrings like these trip you up detective!
  • Question 3

Which letter from the options below can you add to the word ALE to make a new, four-letter word?

CORRECT ANSWER
D
EDDIE SAYS
Adding the D will enable us to make the word DALE. Have you heard of that word before? It means a valley. Whilst JALE and NALE sound like real words, the actual spellings of these words are 'jail' and 'nail' when they are written down. Words which have the same sound but different spellings and meanings are called homophones. Always keep your detective's eyes peeled for these, as they are designed to catch you out.
  • Question 4

Which letter from the options below can you add to the word ASH to make a new, four-letter word?

CORRECT ANSWER
M
EDDIE SAYS
Adding the M to the start of the word will enable us to make the new word MASH.
  • Question 5

Which letter from the options below can you add to the word END to make a new, four-letter word?

CORRECT ANSWER
L
EDDIE SAYS
Adding the L to the start will enable us to make the new word LEND.
  • Question 6

How are you getting on, word detective?

 

Mark all the letters from the options below that you could add to CAN to make a new, four-letter word.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
All the letters apart from P will work here. With the E we can make CANE; with the L we can make CLAN; and, finally, with the S we can make SCAN and CANS.
  • Question 7

Mark all the letters from the options below that you could add to RAN to make a new, four-letter word.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Using the I, we can make RAIN and with the T we can make RANT. How are you finding these, word detective?
  • Question 8

Mark all the letters from the options below that you could add to TIN to make a new, four-letter word.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
By adding both the T and the Y to the end of the word, we can make TINT and TINY.
  • Question 9

Mark all the letters from the options below that you could add to THE to make a new, four-letter word.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
By adding both the M and the Y to the end of the word, we can make THEM and THEY.
  • Question 10

Can you believe that you're already at the final question?!

 

Mark all the letters from the options below that you could add to PIE to make a new, four-letter word.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Using the L we can make PILE, and with the S we can make PIES. At first glance, you may have thought: "Oh maybe I can make WIPE." But remember, you can't move the existing letters around, only slot the new one in. Well done, letter inserter, another activity completed!
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