The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Try an activity or get started for free

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 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!

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

 

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the word NEVER so you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word GRANT so you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word STRIPE so you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word WINNER so you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word FREED so you are left with a four-letter word which still makes sense.

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

Over halfway through now detective!

 

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

 

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

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

 

Nearly there, word detective!

 

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

Your final mystery to solve...

 

Write one new word that you could make by removing one letter from the starting word CLEAN.

 

If you can think of more than one word (well done!) then choose your favourite option, as the question only requests one answer

 

  • Question 1

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

 

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the word NEVER so you are left with a four-letter word which still makes sense.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Makes a new wordDoes not make a new word
N
E
V
E
R
EDDIE SAYS
We have only possible option here. We can remove the N, so that we are left with the new word EVER. We cannot remove any of the other letters and be left with a real word. It's funny how NEVER and EVER really have opposite meanings, isn't it?
  • Question 2

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the word GRANT so you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the new word RANT, and removing the T leaves us with the word GRAN. Most GRAN's would enjoy a cup of 'T' though, I'm sure!
  • Question 3

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the word STRIPE so you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word TRIPE, and removing the E leaves us with the word STRIP. Have you heard of the word TRIPE before? It's part of a cow that is sometimes eaten, or can also mean rubbish. How are you getting on so far, word remover?
  • Question 4

Mark all the letters that you could remove from the word WINNER so you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word FREED so you are left with a four-letter word which 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 the word REED. Removing the R leaves us with FEED, whilst 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 this as a correct answer.
  • Question 6

Over halfway through now detective!

 

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Much
EDDIE SAYS
We only have one possible option here for a letter that we can remove, which will still leave us with a real word afterwards. If we remove the letter N, we are left with the word MUCH.
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Now
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the letter K, leaves us with the new word NOW. Did you find that tricky, because of the fact that the K was a silent letter? Sometimes it helps to write out the word options to see if you spot a familiar word, rather than just saying them in your head.
  • Question 8

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Heat
EDDIE SAYS
Do you know what a HEATH is? It refers to an area of open land which is not farmed or used for a specific purpose. If you know what a 'moor' is, then these two words have similar meanings. Removing the last H, leaves us with the new word HEAT. We wouldn't want a HEATH and HEAT to meet in real life, would we?!
  • Question 9

Nearly there, word detective!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Hare
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the S from the start of the word SHARE, leaves us with the new word HARE. This spelling of the word does not mean the 'hair' on your head, but the animal that looks like a large rabbit. Did you already know those homophones?
  • Question 10

Your final mystery to solve...

 

Write one new word that you could make by removing one letter from the starting word CLEAN.

 

If you can think of more than one word (well done!) then choose your favourite option, as the question only requests one answer

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Lean
Clan
EDDIE SAYS
There are two possible words we can 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 activity!
---- OR ----

Get started for free so you can track and measure your child's progress on this activity.

What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started
laptop

Try an activity or get started for free