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Input a Letter to Create a New Word

In this worksheet, students will identify a letter that can be removed from a word to leave behind another real word.

'Input a Letter to Create 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

Hello word detective, you’ve arrived at just the right time.  

Can you help us solve the following puzzle?

 

We need to remove a letter from the word below so that we are left with a real word:

stoop

 

We cannot jumble the order of the letters. The letter can be removed from anywhere in the word. Let’s try and remove the first letter:

stoop -> toop - this is not a real word

 

How about the second letter?

stoop -> soop - also, not a real word

 

Let’s try the third letter:

stoop -> stop - We have found the real word!                    

 

a policeman saying stop

 

The correct letter to remove is o as it leaves us with the real word stop.
 

Which letter could we remove from this word to make another real word?

munch

 

Let’s see what the word would look like with different letters removed:

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  unch  Not real
 2nd  mnch  Not real
 3rd  much  Real! We have a winner!
 4th  munh  Not real
 5th  munc  Not real

 

The correct letter to remove is n as it creates the word much.


Let’s try one more together:

Which letter could we remove from this word to make another real word?

pound                                                

 

a pound coin

 

Let’s see what the word would look like with different letters removed:

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  ound  Not real
 2nd  pund  Not real
 3rd  pond  Real! We have a winner!
 4th  poud  Not real
 5th  poun  Not real

 

Now, it’s your turn to find letters that can be removed from a word to leave another real word.

 

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 remover!

Ready for another one, letter remover?

 

Mark all the letters that you could remove from PLACE so it still makes sense.

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
P
L
A
C
E

Mark all the letters that you could remove from BLACK so it still makes sense.

 

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
B
L
A
C
K

Mark all the letters that you could remove from STINK so it still makes sense.

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
S
T
I
N
K

Mark all the letters that you could remove from HOUSE so it still makes sense.

 

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
H
O
U
S
E

Mark all the letters that you could remove from TRACK so it still makes sense.

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
T
R
A
C
K

Write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word SKUNK.

 

 

Write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word STRIP.

Write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word BREAK.

Write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word THEME.

And finally ...write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word PLANT.

 

 

Make sure you write in only ONE word or the answer will be marked as incorrect!

  • Question 1

Ready for another one, letter remover?

 

Mark all the letters that you could remove from PLACE so it still makes sense.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
P
L
A
C
E
EDDIE SAYS
We could remove either P to make LACE or L to make PACE. Did you get both of those?
  • Question 2

Mark all the letters that you could remove from BLACK so it still makes sense.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
B
L
A
C
K
EDDIE SAYS
We could remove either B to make LACK or L to make BACK. On to the next one .....
  • Question 3

Mark all the letters that you could remove from STINK so it still makes sense.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
S
T
I
N
K
EDDIE SAYS
We could remove the T to make SINK. Remove the STINK by using the SINK! Great removing skills!
  • Question 4

Mark all the letters that you could remove from HOUSE so it still makes sense.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
H
O
U
S
E
EDDIE SAYS
We could remove the U to make HOSE. Are you enjoying filling in these charts? It does make it easier to see what is the right answer.
  • Question 5

Mark all the letters that you could remove from TRACK so it still makes sense.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
T
R
A
C
K
EDDIE SAYS
We could remove the T to make RACK and the R to make TACK. Believe it or not, you are over halfway through this worksheet!
  • Question 6

Write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word SKUNK.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Sunk
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the K leaves us with SUNK.
  • Question 7

Write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word STRIP.

CORRECT ANSWER
Trip
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the S leaves us with TRIP.
  • Question 8

Write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word BREAK.

CORRECT ANSWER
Beak
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the R leaves us with BEAK.
  • Question 9

Write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word THEME.

CORRECT ANSWER
Them
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the last E leaves us with THEM. Did you find that one a bit harder? It could be because the letters sound very different in the two words.
  • Question 10

And finally ...write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word PLANT.

 

 

Make sure you write in only ONE word or the answer will be marked as incorrect!

CORRECT ANSWER
Plan
Pant
EDDIE SAYS
There are two options here. Removing the L leaves us with PANT or the T leaves us with PLAN. Excellent - you have finished another activity, letter remover!
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