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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 STICK?

1

2

3

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


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

 

S

T

Well, you've reached a new activity letter remover!

 

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

Stripe

Feed

Store

Grape

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

Very

Brave

Met

Clan

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

 

1

2

3

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

 

Type 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 may 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 from the previous question could you add to the word SOCK to create a new word?

 

T

R

  • Question 1

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

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
There are two letters that we can remove which leave behind new 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

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


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

CORRECT ANSWER
Sick Tick
Tick Sick
EDDIE SAYS
We can make the word TICK by removing the letter S, and the word SICK by removing the letter T. Did you spot both of these 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
In the previous question, we created the new word SICK by removing the letter T and the new word TICK by removing the letter S. Did you mark those answers correctly on the answer grid?
  • Question 4

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
Do any new words jump out at you using these two letters and this starting word? If not, then we need to try each letter at the beginning, middle and end of the word, like this: TDOVE DTOVE DOTVE DOVTE DOVET Do any of these words make sense? No, so you need to apply this same process to the letter S. Adding the S to the end of the word DOVE makes a new word - DOVES. This is always a sneaky shortcut to look out for with the letter S and nouns - can you make it plural by adding an S? Great letter sorting!
  • Question 5

Well, you've reached a new activity letter remover!

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Stripe
Feed
EDDIE SAYS
The letter E can be removed from the word STRIPE to make the new word STRIP, and from the word FEED to make FED. If we remove the E from STORE, we are left with STOR which is not a real word. If we remove the E from GRAPE, we are left with GRAP which is also not a real word.
  • Question 6

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Very
Met
Clan
EDDIE SAYS
The letter E could be added to the starting word VERY to make EVERY, to the word MET to make MEET and to the word CLAN to make CLEAN. The only word where we cannot add an E to create a new word is BRAVE, as all the words created here so not make sense. It's amazing how useful a letter E can be!
  • Question 7

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
There are two letters that we can remove which leave behind words that still make sense. Let's move on to define the words we create by removing these letters...
  • Question 8

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

 

Type 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 may be marked as incorrect.

CORRECT ANSWER
Rail Tail
Tail Rail
EDDIE SAYS
If we remove the letter T, we can create the new word RAIL. If we remove the letter R, we can create 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
In the previous question, we created the new word TAIL by removing the letter R and the new word RAIL by removing the letter T. Did you mark these options accurately in the answer grid?
  • Question 10

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
T
EDDIE SAYS
Do any new words jump out at you? If not, then try adding each letter to the beginning, middle and end of the starting word. Let's try R together: RSOCK SROCK SORCK SOCRK SOCKR Do any of these words make sense? No, so you need to try the same process with the letter T. 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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