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Remove 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.

'Remove 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!

Now then, letter remover, are you ready?

 

Remove a letter from the word SMACK to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  mack  no
 2nd    
 3rd    
 4th     
 5th     

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

 Word createdReal or not?
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

Here's another to try.

 

Remove a letter from the word STAIR to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  tair  no
 2nd    
 3rd    
 4th     
 5th     

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

 Word createdReal or not?
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

Remove a letter from the word BRAND to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  rand  no
 2nd    
 3rd    
 4th     
 5th     

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

 Word createdReal or not?
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

Remove a letter from the word SHINE to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  hine  no
 2nd    
 3rd    
 4th     
 5th     

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

 Word createdReal or not?
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

Halfway there already, word remover!

 

Remove a letter from the word STICK to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  tick  yes
 2nd    
 3rd    
 4th     
 5th     

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

 Word createdReal or not?
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

Part 1:

Select any of the letters you can remove to make a new word using the starting word TABLE.

 

T

A

B

L

E

Part 2:

Record the two new words that you made by removing the letters in the previous question.

 

Type the two words into the box below, but make sure that you leave only one space between your words or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

Part 1:

Select any of the letters you can remove to make a new word using the starting word PLACE.

P

L

A

C

E

Part 2:

Record the two new words that you made by removing the letters in the previous question.

 

Type the two words into the box below, but make sure that you leave only one space between your words or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

Select the letter that could be removed from the word CLIMB to make a new word.

C

L

I

M

B

  • Question 1

Now then, letter remover, are you ready?

 

Remove a letter from the word SMACK to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  mack  no
 2nd    
 3rd    
 4th     
 5th     

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdReal or not?
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the second letter leaves us with the new word SACK. You've made a good start!
  • Question 2

Here's another to try.

 

Remove a letter from the word STAIR to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  tair  no
 2nd    
 3rd    
 4th     
 5th     

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdReal or not?
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the third letter leaves us with the word STIR, and removing the fourth letter gives us the word STAR. Remember that it's always possible that there is more than one answer.
  • Question 3

Remove a letter from the word BRAND to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  rand  no
 2nd    
 3rd    
 4th     
 5th     

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdReal or not?
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the second letter leaves us with the word BAND, plus removing the last letter gives us the word BRAN. BRAD doesn't count here, as it's a proper noun and, therefore, is not in the English dictionary.
  • Question 4

Remove a letter from the word SHINE to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  hine  no
 2nd    
 3rd    
 4th     
 5th     

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdReal or not?
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
EDDIE SAYS
Only one new word can be made here by removing the last letter, leaving us with SHIN. You're doing really well, word detective.
  • Question 5

Halfway there already, word remover!

 

Remove a letter from the word STICK to make a new word.

 

Fill in the grid.

We have done the first line here for you.

 

In the 'Real or not?' boxes, type the word yes or no.

 

 Letter  Word created  Real or not?
 1st  tick  yes
 2nd    
 3rd    
 4th     
 5th     

 

Use lowercase letters when inputting your answers or you may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Word createdReal or not?
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
EDDIE SAYS
By removing the first and second letters, we can make two new words - TICK and SICK. Did you get them both?
  • Question 6

Part 1:

Select any of the letters you can remove to make a new word using the starting word TABLE.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
T
B
EDDIE SAYS
The letters that can be removed here are T and B. Let's move on to the next question to see what words we are left with after removing these letters...
  • Question 7

Part 2:

Record the two new words that you made by removing the letters in the previous question.

 

Type the two words into the box below, but make sure that you leave only one space between your words or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Tale Able
Able Tale
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to leave only one space between the words? By removing the T from TABLE, we made the new word ABLE and by removing the B, we made TALE.
  • Question 8

Part 1:

Select any of the letters you can remove to make a new word using the starting word PLACE.

CORRECT ANSWER
P
L
EDDIE SAYS
The letters that can be removed here are P and L.
  • Question 9

Part 2:

Record the two new words that you made by removing the letters in the previous question.

 

Type the two words into the box below, but make sure that you leave only one space between your words or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Pace Lace
Lace Pace
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to leave only one space between the words? By removing the P from PLACE, we made LACE and by removing the L, we made PACE. You're making great PACE so far, just one mystery left to solve now detective!
  • Question 10

Select the letter that could be removed from the word CLIMB to make a new word.

CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the C leaves us with the word LIMB. Another activity completed, letter remover. How do you feel about that? Are you becoming more confident?
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