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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 WRING?

1

2

3

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

 

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

Halfway through already, letter remover!

 

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

 Leaves a new wordDoes not leave a new word
W
R
I
N
G

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

Are you ready to apply all your letter skills in this activity?

 

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

Simply

Smooth

Store

Skin

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

Peak

Inert

Met

Bright

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

 

1

2

3

You know what's coming, don't you?

 

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

 

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 HEART to leave two new words.

 Leaves a new wordDoes not leave a new word
H
E
A
R
T

Phew ... you've reached the last question, word detective.

 

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

  • Question 1

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

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
There are two letters that you can remove and leave words that still make sense. In the next question, you're going to be asked to say what the words are - quick on to the next one...!
  • Question 2

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Ring Wing
Wing Ring
EDDIE SAYS
The two new words that you can make are RING and WING. Did you get them both and did you remember to leave only one space between the two words?
  • Question 3

Halfway through already, letter remover!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Leaves a new wordDoes not leave a new word
W
R
I
N
G
EDDIE SAYS
The letters you should have marked were W and R.
  • Question 4

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

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
The two letters that you removed were W and R. Adding the R to COVE makes a new word - COVER. Challenging isn't it?
  • Question 5

Are you ready to apply all your letter skills in this activity?

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Simply
Skin
EDDIE SAYS
S can be removed from SIMPLY to make IMPLY and SKIN to make KIN. Have you heard of the word imply before? Have a look in your dictionary and record it in a work book if you haven't. It means to suggest that something is true.
  • Question 6

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Peak
Inert
EDDIE SAYS
S can be added to PEAK to make PEAKS or SPEAK and you can 'insert' it in the middle of INERT to make INSERT! I hope you're not feeling INERT today! It means lacking the strength or ability to move.
  • Question 7

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

 

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

You know what's coming, don't you?

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Hear Heat
Heat Hear
EDDIE SAYS
The two new words that you can make are HEAR and HEAT. Did you remember to leave only one space between the two words in your answer?
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Leaves a new wordDoes not leave a new word
H
E
A
R
T
EDDIE SAYS
The letters you should have marked were R and T.
  • Question 10

Phew ... you've reached the last question, word detective.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
The two letters that you removed were R and T. Adding the T to SIGH makes a new word - SIGHT. Well done - another worksheet completed word wizard!
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