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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 STICK?

1

2

3

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

 

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

Halfway through already, word detective!

 

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

 Leaves a new wordDoes not leave a new word
S
T
I
C
K

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

 

Well, you've reached another activity word remover!

 

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

Stripe

Feed

Store

Grape

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

Very

Brave

Met

Clan

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

 

1

2

3

I think you might be able to guess what you're going to be asked to do now!

 

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

 

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

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

 Leaves a new wordDoes not leave a new word
T
R
A
I
L

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

 

  • Question 1

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

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
There are two letters that you can remove and leave words that still make sense. The next question will ask you to say what words you're going to make - bet you can't wait!
  • Question 2

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Sick Tick
Tick Sick
EDDIE SAYS
The two new words that you can make are TICK and SICK. Did you get them both and did you remember to leave only one space between the two words in your answer?
  • Question 3

Halfway through already, word detective!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
 Leaves a new wordDoes not leave a new word
S
T
I
C
K
EDDIE SAYS
The letters you should have marked were S and T.
  • Question 4

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
The two letters that you removed were S and T. Adding the S to DOVE makes a new word - DOVES. Great letter sorting!
  • Question 5

Well, you've reached another activity word remover!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Stripe
Feed
EDDIE SAYS
E can be removed from STRIPE to make STRIP and from FEED to make FED.
  • Question 6

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Very
Met
Clan
EDDIE SAYS
E could be added to VERY to make EVERY, to MET to make MEET and CLAN to make CLEAN. Amazing how useful a letter E can be!
  • Question 7

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

 

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

I think you might be able to guess what you're going to be asked to do now!

 

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Rail Tail
Tail Rail
EDDIE SAYS
The two new words that you can make are RAIL and TAIL. 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 TRAIL to leave two new words.

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

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
The two letters that you removed were T and R. Adding the T to SOCK makes a new word - STOCK. You have truly conquered these moving letters, word detective. Great work!
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