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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 WRING?

1

2

3

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


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

R

W

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

 

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

Simply

Smooth

Store

Skin

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

Peak

Inert

Met

Bright

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

 

1

2

3

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

 

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


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 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 from the previous question could you add to the word SIGH to create a new word?

R

T

  • Question 1

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

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
There are two letters that we can remove from this word, which leaves behind real 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

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


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

CORRECT ANSWER
Ring Wing
Wing Ring
EDDIE SAYS
We can create the word RING by removing the letter W, and the word WING by removing the letter R. Did you find both of these 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
We created the new words WING and RING in the previous question by removing the letters R and W.
  • Question 4

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

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
Does anything jump out at you with these letter options and this starting word? If not, then we need to try adding each letter into the starting word at the beginning, middle and end, like this: WCOVE CWOVE COWVE COVWE COVEW Do any of these words make sense? No, so you need to try the same process using the letter 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 from the options below where an S could be removed and the new word left over would still make sense.

CORRECT ANSWER
Simply
Skin
EDDIE SAYS
The letter S can be removed from the word SIMPLY to make IMPLY, and from the word SKIN to make KIN. Have you heard of the word 'imply' before? Have a look in your dictionary and record the meaning of this word in your vocabulary log if you have not heard of it before. It means to suggest that something is true.
  • Question 6

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Peak
Inert
EDDIE SAYS
The letter S can be added to PEAK to make PEAKS or SPEAK, and we can 'insert' it in the middle of the word INERT to make INSERT! Hopefully 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 the starting word HEART?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
There are two letters that we can remove from this word, that leaves behind new, four-letter words that still make sense. Let's move on to the next question to list these now...
  • Question 8

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

 

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


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

CORRECT ANSWER
Hear Heat
Heat Hear
EDDIE SAYS
We can remove the letter T to make the new word HEAR, and the letter R to make the new word 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
In the previous question, we found the new word HEAR by removing the letter T, and the new word HEAT by removing the letter R. Did you mark these options correctly in the answer grid?
  • Question 10

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
Does anything jump out at you with these two letter options and this starting word? If not, then we need to try adding both letters into the start, middle and end of the starting word. Let's try the letter R together: RSIGH SRIGH SIRGH SIGRH SIGHR Do any of these words make sense? No, so why don't you try this same process with the letter T? Adding the T to SIGH makes a new word - SIGHT. Well done - that's another activity completed, word wizard!
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