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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.

                                         

          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!

You know what to do now, letter inserter!

 

How many words can you make by adding S, I or T to the word KIN?

 

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2

3

Think of another letter that you could add to KIN to make a new word. Write the word in the box below.

 

How many words can you make by adding L, A or P to the word MET?

 

1

2

3

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

 

How many words can you make by adding Y, E or S to the word FIR?

 

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2

3

Think of another letter that you could add to FIR to make a new word. Write the word in the box below.

 

How many words can you make by adding G, A or S to the word FAT?

 

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2

3

Think of another letter that you could add to FAT to make a new word. Write the word in the box below.

 

How many words can you make by adding K, I or D to the word PIN?

 

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2

3

And for my final trick - I mean question!  ....think of another letter that you could add to PIN to make a new word. Write the word in the box below.

 

 

  • Question 1

You know what to do now, letter inserter!

 

How many words can you make by adding S, I or T to the word KIN?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
By adding the S to KIN you can make SKIN.
  • Question 2

Think of another letter that you could add to KIN to make a new word. Write the word in the box below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Akin
Kind
King
Kink
Kiln
EDDIE SAYS
So, previously we found SKIN by adding an S. We could also add A, D, G, K or L to make new words. If you're not sure what all these words mean, make a note of them and look them up in a dictionary.
  • Question 3

How many words can you make by adding L, A or P to the word MET?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make two new words - MELT and MEAT
  • Question 4

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Meet
EDDIE SAYS
In addition to the L and the A used, another option would be to add an E to make MEET.
  • Question 5

How many words can you make by adding Y, E or S to the word FIR?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
It's possible to make two new words - FIRE and FIRS.
  • Question 6

Think of another letter that you could add to FIR to make a new word. Write the word in the box below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Fair
Firm
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used E and S. In addition to that, you could use A to make FAIR and M to make FIRM. You're nearly there, word detective!
  • Question 7

How many words can you make by adding G, A or S to the word FAT?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make two new words using the S - FAST and FATS.
  • Question 8

Think of another letter that you could add to FAT to make a new word. Write the word in the box below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Fact
Fate
Feat
Flat
Fart
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used the S to make FAST or FATS. In addition to that, you could have used C, E, L and R. Did you choose the R? How cheeky!
  • Question 9

How many words can you make by adding K, I or D to the word PIN?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
It's possible to make one new word - PINK.
  • Question 10

And for my final trick - I mean question!  ....think of another letter that you could add to PIN to make a new word. Write the word in the box below.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Pain
Pine
Ping
Spin
Pins
Pint
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used the K to make PINK. We could use A, E, G, S or T to make another word. Another worksheet completed - you're sailing through these, letter inserter!
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