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Add and Remove Letters to Create New Words

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

'Add and Remove Letters to 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

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!

How many different words can you make by removing one letter from DREAD?

1

2

3

Write the two new words that you made by removing one letter from DREAD.

 

Make sure you leave only one space between the words or the answer will be marked as incorrect!

Mark the two letters that you removed from DREAD to leave two new words.

 Leaves a real wordDoes not leave a new word
D
R
E
A
D

Which of those two letters could you add to the word PICK to get a new word?

Here's your next challenge, word remover!

 

Select any of the words where an A could be removed and the word would still make sense. 

Create

Away

Again

Later

Now, you've got to put your letter insertion skills to work!

 

Select any of the words where an A could be added and the word would still make sense. 

Live

Blink

Met

Lame

How many different words can you make by removing one letter from FILED?

1

2

3

Write the two new words that you made by removing one letter from FILED.

 

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words or the answer will be marked as incorrect!

Nearly there, word detective!

 

Mark the two letters that you removed from FILED to leave two new words.

 Leaves a new wordDoes not leave a new word
F
I
L
E
D

Welcome to the last question!

 

Which of those two letters could you add to the word RIVER to get a new word?

 

  • Question 1

How many different words can you make by removing one letter from DREAD?

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
There are two letters that you can remove and leave words that still make sense. Did you get this one? You're going to be asked to say what the words are in the next question - bet you can't wait!
  • Question 2

Write the two new words that you made by removing one letter from DREAD.

 

Make sure you leave only one space between the words or the answer will be marked as incorrect!

CORRECT ANSWER
Dead Read
Read Dead
EDDIE SAYS
The two new words that you can make are DEAD and READ. Did you get them both and did you remember to leave only one space between the words in your answer?
  • Question 3

Mark the two letters that you removed from DREAD to leave two new words.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Leaves a real wordDoes not leave a new word
D
R
E
A
D
EDDIE SAYS
The letters you should have marked were D and R. Hopefully, you aren't getting confused by all these questions!
  • Question 4

Which of those two letters could you add to the word PICK to get a new word?

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
The two letters that you removed were D and R. Adding the R to PICK makes a new word - PRICK. Did you get that? It's quite challenging but remember that practice makes perfect!
  • Question 5

Here's your next challenge, word remover!

 

Select any of the words where an A could be removed and the word would still make sense. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Away
Again
EDDIE SAYS
A can be removed from AWAY to make WAY and AGAIN to make GAIN.
  • Question 6

Now, you've got to put your letter insertion skills to work!

 

Select any of the words where an A could be added and the word would still make sense. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Live
Met
EDDIE SAYS
A can be added to LIVE to make ALIVE and to MET to make MEAT.
  • Question 7

How many different words can you make by removing one letter from FILED?

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
There are two letters that you can remove and leave words that still make sense.
  • Question 8

Write the two new words that you made by removing one letter from FILED.

 

Make sure that you leave only one space between the words or the answer will be marked as incorrect!

CORRECT ANSWER
Fled File
File Fled
EDDIE SAYS
The two new words that you can make are FILE and FLED. Did you get them both and did you remember to leave only one space between the words?
  • Question 9

Nearly there, word detective!

 

Mark the two letters that you removed from FILED to leave two new words.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Leaves a new wordDoes not leave a new word
F
I
L
E
D
EDDIE SAYS
The letters you should have marked were I and D.
  • Question 10

Welcome to the last question!

 

Which of those two letters could you add to the word RIVER to get a new word?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
D
EDDIE SAYS
The two letters that you removed were I and D. Adding the D to RIVER makes a new word - DRIVER. I bet those questions kept you on your toes - add this, remove that, add something else etc. Great word wizardry!
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