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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 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!

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

1

2

3

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

 

Make sure you leave only one space between the words or your answer may 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 from the previous question could you add to the word PICK to create a new word?

D

R

Here's your next challenge, word remover!

 

Select any of the words from the options below where an A could be removed and the new word left over 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 from the options below where an A could be added and the new word created would still make sense. 

Live

Blink

Met

Lame

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

1

2

3

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

 

Make sure you leave only one space between the words or your answer may be marked as incorrect. 

Nearly there, word detective!

 

Mark the two letters that you removed from DREAD 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 from the previous question could you add to the word RIVER to create a new word?

 

I

D

  • Question 1

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

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
There are two letters that we can remove from the word DREAD, which leave behind a four-letter word 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 - good luck!
  • Question 2

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

 

Make sure you leave only one space between the words or your answer may be marked as incorrect. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Dead Read
Read Dead
EDDIE SAYS
We can remove the letter R to make the word DEAD, and the letter D at the start to make the word READ. Did you get both of these 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, as these were the letters we identified in Q3 to remove. Hopefully, you aren't getting confused by all these different ways of asking the same or similar questions; you need to be prepared and know what to do for any of these options.
  • Question 4

Which of those two letters from the previous question could you add to the word PICK to create a new word?

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
We need to try to add both of these letters to the word PICK. Remember new letters can be added at the start, somewhere in the middle, or at the end. If we try with D, we can create the following words: DPICK PDICK PIDCK PICDK PICKD Can you see how we are moving the letter D along one position each time? Do any of these words make sense? No, so you need to try the same process with the letter R. Adding the R to the middle of 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 from the options below where an A could be removed and the new word left over would still make sense. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Away
Again
EDDIE SAYS
The letter A can be removed from AWAY to make WAY, and from AGAIN to make GAIN. We cannot remove an A from the other options, as we would be left with CRETE and LTER. LTER is not a real word. CRETE is the name of a Greek island, but we cannot use proper nouns as viable answers in these activities. This is an important tip to remember and apply moving forwards, detective.
  • Question 6

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

 

Select any of the words from the options below where an A could be added and the new word created would still make sense. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Live
Met
EDDIE SAYS
The letter A can be added to LIVE to make ALIVE, and to MET to make MEAT. It is not possible to add an A into either of the other words in a way which would create a new, real word.
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
There are two letters that we can remove, which leaves behind four-letter words that still make sense. We can remove the I and the D. Let's move on to the next question to see what new words removing these letters leaves behind...
  • Question 8

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

 

Make sure you leave only one space between the words or your answer may be marked as incorrect. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Fled File
File Fled
EDDIE SAYS
If we remove the letter I, we can create the new word FLED. If we remove the letter D, we can create the new word FILE. Did you spot both of these 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 DREAD to leave two new words.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Leaves a new wordDoes not leave a new word
F
I
L
E
D
EDDIE SAYS
This question is just asking us to reuse the information we have already found - did you notice that? The letters we have already identified which can be removed to leave a real word behind are I and D.
  • Question 10

Welcome to the last question!

 

Which of those two letters from the previous question could you add to the word RIVER to create a new word?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
D
EDDIE SAYS
If nothing immediately jumps out at you, remember that we need to try adding each letter at the start, middle and end of each word. Let's start with I: IRIVER RIIVER RIVIER RIVEIR RIVERI Do any of these words make sense? No, why don't you try the same process with the letter D now? Adding the D to the start of the word 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 there!
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