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Move 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.

'Move 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 this leaves us with the real word stop.
 

 

 

Let's try another example now.

 

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!

Are you ready for your mission, letter remover?

 

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the starting word PLACE so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the starting word BLACK so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the starting word STINK so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the starting word HOUSE so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the starting word TRACK so that you are left with a four-letter word which still makes sense.

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

And finally...

 

Type one new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word PLANT.

 

 

If you can spot more than one new word (well done!) then choose your favourite option and write this, as the question only asks for one answer

  • Question 1

Are you ready for your mission, letter remover?

 

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the starting word PLACE so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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. If we remove any of the other letters, we are left with a four-letter word which does not make sense e.g. PLCE. Did you spot both of those options?
  • Question 2

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the starting word BLACK so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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 mystery, detective...
  • Question 3

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the starting word STINK so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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. This is a rule we follow in life: Remove the STINK by using the SINK! Great removing skills so far detective.
  • Question 4

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the starting word HOUSE so that you are left with a four-letter word which still makes sense.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
H
O
U
S
E
EDDIE SAYS
The only option here is that we could remove the U to make the new word HOSE. Are you enjoying filling in these charts? They do make it a lot easier to see what the possible answer options are.
  • Question 5

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the starting word TRACK so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word RACK and the R to make TACK. Believe it or not, you are over halfway through this activity already!
  • Question 6

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

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Sunk
EDDIE SAYS
The only option we can remove from the word SKUNK which leaves a viable word behind is the letter K. If we remove the first K, we are left with the word SUNK. Some of the other words created may seem close to being a real word (e.g. SKUN or KUNK), but if you cannot use the word in a sentence then it is probably nonsense.
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Trip
EDDIE SAYS
The only letter we can remove from the word STRIP to leave a real, four-letter word behind is the letter S. If we remove the S, we are left with the word TRIP.
  • Question 8

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Beak
EDDIE SAYS
The only letter we can remove here so that we are left with a real, four-letter word is R. If we remove the R, we are left with the word BEAK. Did you think that REAK is a real word? It is, but it is spelt with a silent 'w' when we write it, so this spelling does not match e.g. Strong winds wreaked havoc on local villages yesterday.
  • Question 9

Type 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 the word 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...

 

Type one new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word PLANT.

 

 

If you can spot more than one new word (well done!) then choose your favourite option and write this, as the question only asks for one answer

CORRECT ANSWER
Plan
Pant
EDDIE SAYS
There are two options here. We can remove the L, to reach the word PANT. We can also remove the T, leaving us with PLAN. Which option did you choose? Congratulations on completing this activity, letter wizard!
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