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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 one final worksheet on these moving letters?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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3

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

 

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

 

 

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2

3

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

How many words can you make by adding L, E or D to the word RED?

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

  • Question 1

Are you ready for one final worksheet on these moving letters?

 

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

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
By adding the I to SAD you can make SAID. A good start, letter inserter!
  • Question 2

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

 

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

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to make one new word - WIND.
  • Question 4

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Wain
Wine
Wing
Wink
Wins
Twin
EDDIE SAYS
In addition to the D used to make WIND, you could add A, E, G, K, S or T to make new words. Whoever would have thought that you could make so many words out of win?!
  • Question 5

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

 

 

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

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Tied
Tide
Tike
Tile
Time
Tire
Tier
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used S to make TIES. In addition to that, you could use D, K, L, M and R to make new words. How many of those did you find, word detective?
  • Question 7

How many words can you make by adding L, E or D to the word RED?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
It's possible to make one new word - REED.
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Read
Rend
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used the E to make REED. You could 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 LOG to make a new word. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Blog
Clog
Long
Logs
EDDIE SAYS
In the previous question, you used the F to make FLOG. We could use B, C, N or S to make another new word. Have you got the hang of these moving letters now, letter inserter? What's the next challenge going to be?
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