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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, steady, go, word remover!

 

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

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
W
H
E
R
E

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

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
T
H
R
E
E

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

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

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

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
S
L
E
E
K

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

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
F
E
A
S
T

Over halfway there now!

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

  • Question 1

Ready, steady, go, word remover!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
W
H
E
R
E
EDDIE SAYS
We can remove the W to make HERE and the H to make WERE. That's a good start!
  • Question 2

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
T
H
R
E
E
EDDIE SAYS
We can remove the H to make TREE or the R to make the rather old-fashioned word, THEE (which means you). How are thee doing with these questions?!
  • Question 3

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
P
E
A
R
L
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot that we can make three different words here? EARL, PEAL and PEAR. This spelling of PEAL refers to the loud ringing of bells. Great word spotting!
  • Question 4

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
S
L
E
E
K
EDDIE SAYS
We can make LEEK by removing the S and SEEK by removing the L. We're getting there, letter remover!
  • Question 5

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
F
E
A
S
T
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the three different words here? EAST, FAST and FEAT. Have you heard of FEAT before? This means an achievement requiring great courage - like sitting the 11+ that will be a FEAT you can be proud of!
  • Question 6

Over halfway there now!

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Even
Seen
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write only one word? By removing the S we can make EVEN or by removing the V we can make SEEN.
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Hat
EDDIE SAYS
By removing the T we can make HAT. And that's that!
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Ride
EDDIE SAYS
By removing the P we can make RIDE.
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Desert
EDDIE SAYS
By removing the S we can make DESERT.
  • Question 10

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Ban
Bag
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write only one word? If you remove the G, you can make the word ban and if you remove the N, you are left the word bag. How did you find this worksheet? Are you getting the hang of it now?
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