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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 their 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's a real word.

 

Good luck letter inserter!

Are you ready for a challenge on these moving letters?

 

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters P,or T into the word SAD?

 

1

2

3

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

 

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

 

Type the single letter you have chosen into the box below. 

 

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

1

2

3

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

 

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

 

Type the single letter you have chosen into the box below. 

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters H,or S into the word TIE?

 

1

2

3

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

 

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

 

Type the single letter you have chosen into the box below. 

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters L, E or D into the word RED?

 

1

2

3

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

 

If you can think of more than one letter (well done!), then choose your favourite option, 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 F, A or R to the word LOG?

 

1

2

3

The final challenge - how do you think you've done?

 

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

 

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

 

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

  • Question 1

Are you ready for a challenge on these moving letters?

 

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters P,or T into the word SAD?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
By adding the I to SAD, we can make SAID. We cannot use the P or T to create a new, four-letter word which makes sense. Hopefully you are off to a good start, letter inserter!
  • Question 2

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

 

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

 

Type the single letter you have chosen into the box below. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
N
EDDIE SAYS
So previously, we found SAID by adding an I into SAD. We could also add an N to make the new word SAND.
  • Question 3

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

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make one new word - WIND. The letters L and I cannot be added into the word WIN to create a new word which makes sense.
  • Question 4

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

 

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

 

Type the single letter you have chosen into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
A
E
G
K
S
T
EDDIE SAYS
In addition to the D we have already used to make WIND, we could add a number of other letters: A to make WAIN; E to make WINE; G to make WING; K to make WINK; S to make WINS; or T to make TWIN. Whoever would have thought that you could make so many words using WIN?!
  • Question 5

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters H,or S into the word TIE?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make one only new word - TIES.
  • Question 6

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

 

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

 

Type the single letter you have chosen into the box below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
D
K
L
M
R
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, we used S to make TIES. In addition to that, we can use: D to make TIED or TIDE; K to make TIKE; L to make TILE; M to make TIME; and, finally, R to make TIRE or TIER. How many of those did you find, word detective?
  • Question 7

How many words can you make by adding one of the letters L, E or D into the word RED?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
It's possible to make one new word - REED. Do you know what this word means? Don't confuse this with READ, this spelling means a tall, slender-leaved plant from the grass family, which grows in water or on marshy ground.
  • Question 8

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

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Read
Rend
EDDIE SAYS
Did you notice that we are asked to type the word here, rather than just the letter? In the previous question, we used the E to make REED. We can also add A or N to make READ or REND. Do you know what the word REND means? It is a word that isn't often used today, but it means to tear something into pieces.
  • Question 9

How many words can you make by adding F, A or R to the word LOG?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make one new word - FLOG.
  • Question 10

The final challenge - how do you think you've done?

 

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

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Blog
Clog
Long
Logs
Slog
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, we used the F to make FLOG. We could also use B to make BLOG, C to make CLOG, N to make LONG or S to make LOGS or SLOG. Have you got the hang of these moving letters now, letter inserter? What's your next challenge going to be?
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