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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!

Here's another juicy worksheet to get your teeth into, word remover!

 

Mark all the letters that you could remove from NEVER so it still makes sense.

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
N
E
V
E
R

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

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
G
R
A
N
T

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

 

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
S
T
R
I
P
E

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

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
W
I
N
N
E
R

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

 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
F
R
E
E
D

Over halfway through now!

 

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

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

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

Nearly there, word detective!

 

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

At last - write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word CLEAN.

 

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

  • Question 1

Here's another juicy worksheet to get your teeth into, word remover!

 

Mark all the letters that you could remove from NEVER so it still makes sense.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
N
E
V
E
R
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the N from NEVER leaves us with the new word EVER. That's a good beginning!
  • Question 2

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
G
R
A
N
T
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the G from GRANT leaves us with RANT and removing the T leaves us with GRAN - though most grans would enjoy a cup of tea I'm sure!
  • Question 3

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
S
T
R
I
P
E
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the S from STRIPE leaves us with TRIPE and removing the E leaves us with STRIP. Have you heard of the word TRIPE? It's part of a cow that is sometimes eaten or can mean rubbish. How are you getting on, word remover?
  • Question 4

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
W
I
N
N
E
R
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the W from WINNER leaves us with INNER as our new word.
  • Question 5

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
F
R
E
E
D
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the F from FREED leaves us with REED. Removing the R leaves us with FEED and removing the D leaves us with FREE. Although we can also make the name FRED, as it's not in the dictionary, we don't count it in this activity.
  • Question 6

Over halfway through now!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Much
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the N leaves us with MUCH.
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Now
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the K leaves us with NOW - did you find that tricky because of the fact that the K was a silent letter?
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Heat
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the last H leaves us with HEAT.
  • Question 9

Nearly there, word detective!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Hare
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the last S leaves us with HARE. This spelling of the word is not the hair on your head, but the animal that looks like a large rabbit.
  • Question 10

At last - write a new word that you could make by removing one letter from the word CLEAN.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Lean
Clan
EDDIE SAYS
There are two possible words you could make here - removing the C to make LEAN or the E to make CLAN. Did you remember to write only one word in for your answer? Well done with all that letter removing - you've conquered another worksheet!
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