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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!

Welcome letter inserter!

 

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters S, I or T into the word KIN?

1

2

3

Think of another letter that you could add to the three-letter word KIN to make a new, four-letter word.

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite answer only as the question only requires one answer

 

Type the single letter you choose into the box below. 

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters LA or P into the word MET?

1

2

3

Think of another letter that you could add to the three-letter word MET to make a new, four-letter word.

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite answer only as the question only requires one answer

 

Type the single letter you choose into the box below. 

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters Y, E or S into the word FIR?

1

2

3

Think of another letter that you could add to the three-letter word FIR to make a new, four-letter word.

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite answer only as the question only requires one answer

 

Type the single letter you choose into the box below. 

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters G, A or S into the word FAT?

1

2

3

Think of another letter that you could add to the three-letter word FAT to make a new, four-letter word.

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite answer only as the question only requires one answer

 

Type the new word you have created into the box below. 

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters K, I or D into the word PIN?

1

2

3

And for your final mission...

 

Think of another letter that you could add to the three-letter word PIN to make a new, four-letter word.

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite answer only as the question only requires one answer

 

Type the new word you have created into the box below. 

  • Question 1

Welcome letter inserter!

 

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters S, I or T into the word KIN?

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
By adding the S to KIN, we can make SKIN. We cannot add the I or the T to create a new, four-letter word which makes sense. Remember, we can try to use any words we create in a sentence to check if they are real or not.
  • Question 2

Think of another letter that you could add to the three-letter word KIN to make a new, four-letter word.

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite answer only as the question only requires one answer

 

Type the single letter you choose into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
A
D
G
K
L
EDDIE SAYS
So, previously we found SKIN by adding an S. We could also add A to make the word AKIN; D to make the word KIND; G to make KING; K to make KINK; or, finally, L to make KILN. If you're not sure what all these words mean, look them up in a dictionary and make a note of any new words in your own personal log of new words.
  • Question 3

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters LA or P into the word MET?

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make two new words, one using the L and the other the A - MELT and MEAT. We cannot create any real words using the P.
  • Question 4

Think of another letter that you could add to the three-letter word MET to make a new, four-letter word.

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite answer only as the question only requires one answer

 

Type the single letter you choose into the box below. 

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

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters Y, E or S into the word FIR?

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

Think of another letter that you could add to the three-letter word FIR to make a new, four-letter word.

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite answer only as the question only requires one answer

 

Type the single letter you choose into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
A
M
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, we used E and S. In addition to these, we 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 one of the letters G, A or S into the word FAT?

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make two new words using the S - FAST and FATS. Neither the A or G can be added to FAT to create a new, four-letter word.
  • Question 8

Think of another letter that you could add to the three-letter word FAT to make a new, four-letter word.

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite answer only as the question only requires one answer

 

Type the new word you have created into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Fact
Fate
Feat
Flat
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot that we were asked for the word here, not the letter? In the previous question, we used the S to make FAST or FATS. In addition to this, we could have used C (to make FACT), E (to make FATE or FEAT) or L (to make FLAT).
  • Question 9

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters K, I or D into the word PIN?

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

And for your final mission...

 

Think of another letter that you could add to the three-letter word PIN to make a new, four-letter word.

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite answer only as the question only requires one answer

 

Type the new word you have created into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Pain
Pine
Ping
Spin
Pins
Pint
EDDIE SAYS
We were looking for a word here again, not a letter. In the previous question, we used the K to make PINK. We could use A (to make PAIN), E (to make PINE), G (to make PING), S (to make SPIN or PINS) or T (to make PINT). Another activity completed - congratulations, letter inserter!
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