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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 look at another option 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!

Ready, steady, go, word remover!

 

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the word WHERE so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word THREE so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word PEARL so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word SLEEK so that you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word FEAST so that you are left with a four-letter word which still makes sense.

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

Over halfway there now!

 

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

 

If you can spot more than one word (well done!) then choose your favourite option to type, as the question only requires one answer

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

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

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

 

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

 

If you can spot more than one word (well done!) then choose your favourite option to type, as the question only requires one answer

  • Question 1

Ready, steady, go, word remover!

 

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the word WHERE 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
W
H
E
R
E
EDDIE SAYS
We can remove the letter W to make the word HERE and, also, the letter H to make WERE. That's a good start detective!
  • Question 2

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the word THREE 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
H
R
E
E
EDDIE SAYS
We can remove the H to make the word 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 the word PEARL 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
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 if you got all three words here!
  • Question 4

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the word SLEEK 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
L
E
E
K
EDDIE SAYS
We can make the word LEEK by removing the S, and the word SEEK by removing the L. This type of 'leek' refers to the vegetable, rather than the type of 'leak' which you may have from a tap. These words are homophones as they sound the same but are spelt differently, and have different meanings.
  • Question 5

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the word FEAST 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
F
E
A
S
T
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the three different words here? EAST, FAST and FEAT. Have you heard of the word FEAT before? This means an achievement requiring great courage - like sitting the 11+, which will be a FEAT you can be proud of!
  • Question 6

Over halfway there now!

 

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

 

If you can spot more than one word (well done!) then choose your favourite option to type, as the question only requires one answer

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

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Hat
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one letter we can remove here so that we are left with a real, three-letter word. If we remove the letter T, we are left with the word HAT. And that's that!
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Ride
EDDIE SAYS
Again, there is only one viable option again here. By removing the P, we can make the new word RIDE.
  • Question 9

Type one 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 the word DESERT. Going from a DESSERT to a DESERT in real life would be quite extreme, wouldn't it?!
  • Question 10

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

 

If you can spot more than one word (well done!) then choose your favourite option to type, as the question only requires one answer

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