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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!

 

The correct letter to remove is o, as this leaves us with the real word stop.            

 

      a policeman saying 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!

Let's get started!

 

Remove a letter from the word EARLY 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  arly  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

Let's try that again!

 

Remove a letter from the word HEARD 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  eard  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 BRAIN 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  rain  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

Remove a letter from the word FREED 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  reed  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

Halfway there already!

 

Remove a letter from the word SPEND 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  pend  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

Part 1:

Select any of the letters you can remove to make a new word from the starting word CRASH.

C

R

A

S

H

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 the words or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

Part 1:

Select any of the letters you can remove to make a new word from the starting word BRAIN.

B

R

A

I

N

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 the words or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

Welcome to the last question, word remover!

 

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

 

R

A

V

E

N

  • Question 1

Let's get started!

 

Remove a letter from the word EARLY 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  arly  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 last letter from the word EARLY, leaves us the new word EARL. Can you define the word 'earl' to yourself in your head now? That's not too tricky is it?
  • Question 2

Let's try that again!

 

Remove a letter from the word HEARD 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  eard  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
Wow! Did you spot that you can remove 4 different letters and they all make real words? Fantastic word-work there!
  • Question 3

Remove a letter from the word BRAIN 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  rain  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
Removing the first letter leaves us with the word RAIN, plus removing the fourth letter gives us the word BRAN. Don't move on as soon as you find one word that works, as there may be more than one possible answer.
  • Question 4

Remove a letter from the word FREED 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  reed  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
Three different, new words can be made from the word FREED. Since FRED is a name, it doesn't count as a correct answer as it is a proper noun.
  • Question 5

Halfway there already!

 

Remove a letter from the word SPEND 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  pend  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
By removing the second and fourth letters, we can make two new words - SEND and SPED. You are truly SPEEDING along here, word detective!
  • Question 6

Part 1:

Select any of the letters you can remove to make a new word from the starting word CRASH.

CORRECT ANSWER
C
R
EDDIE SAYS
The letters that can be removed here are C and R. Let's move on to see what words we are left with when we remove these letter options...
  • 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 the words or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Rash Cash
Cash Rash
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to leave only one space between the two words? By removing the C from CRASH, we made RASH, and by removing the R, we made CASH. Would you rather have a RASH or some CASH?
  • Question 8

Part 1:

Select any of the letters you can remove to make a new word from the starting word BRAIN.

CORRECT ANSWER
B
I
EDDIE SAYS
The letters that can be removed here are B and I.
  • 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 the words or your answer may be marked incorrectly. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Rain Bran
Bran Rain
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to leave only one space between the two words? By removing the B from BRAIN, we made RAIN, and by removing the I, we made BRAN.
  • Question 10

Welcome to the last question, word remover!

 

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
N
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the letter N from RAVEN, leaves us with the new word RAVE. You have come to the end of another challenge - hopefully, you are feeling more confident with these questions now.
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