The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Try an activity or get started for free

Move Letters Between Words

In this worksheet, students will identify a letter that can be removed from the first word and added into the second word.

'Move Letters Between Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Move a Letter

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Greetings word detective, thank goodness you’re here!

 

We need your expertise in solving the following puzzle.

Can you help us?

 

We need to remove a letter from the first word and insert that same letter into the second word.

We have to make sure we are left with two real words after this.

munch            pat

 

First, we need to find a letter to remove from munch that leaves us with a real word.           

If we remove the n from munch, we are left with the word much.

 

guinea pig munching lettuce

 

Now, we need to fit the letter n into the word pat to make another real word.

 

If we insert the letter n after the second letter in pat, we get the word pant.

 

The answer is the letter n, as this is the letter that we moved.

 

 

 

Let’s try another example now.

 

Which letter can we move from the first word to the second word, to create two new words?

three                 trust

 

First, we need to find a letter to remove from three that leaves us with a real word.

 

If we remove the h from three, we are left with the word tree.

 

apple tree

 

Now, we need to fit the letter h into the word trust to make another real word.

 

If we insert the letter h after the first letter in trust, we get the word thrust.

 

The answer is the letter h, as this is the letter that we moved.
 

 

 

Let’s try one more challenging question together.

 

Which letter can we move from the first word to the second word to create two new words?

blend              tale

 

First, we need to find a letter to remove from the word blend that leaves us with a real word.

 

If we remove the b, we are left with the word lend.

 

Now, this word is a little different! There are other letters we could also remove.

We could remove the l to make bend and the n to make bled.

 

We need to see which of the three letters (b, l or n), we can fit into the word tale to make a real word.

 

The correct answer is b, as we can fit it into tale to make the word table.

 

 

 

Now, it’s your turn to find letters that can be removed from the first word and added to the second.

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

Say each of the newly formed words out loud, this will help you to recognise which ones are real words.

 

Good luck letter switcher!

Welcome to another exciting activity, letter switcher!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

HEIGHT          SACK

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

MANAGER          HERD

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

FRIGHT          FIEND

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

BLAME          TALE

 

Halfway there already!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

FATE          WIN

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

BRAND          CEASED

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

BLOCK          EAST

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

MEAT          TEA  

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

CHEAT          FAST

You've reached the final question... great job!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

COAT          RUMBLE

 

  • Question 1

Welcome to another exciting activity, letter switcher!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

HEIGHT          SACK

CORRECT ANSWER
H
EDDIE SAYS
If we start with HEIGHT initially and consider which letters we can remove so that we are left with a word which still makes sense. We can remove the H to leave EIGHT, but removing any of the other letters does not leave a real word behind. Now we need to consider where we could add this letter into the word SACK. If nothing jumps out at us, we can try it in each position in the word: HSACK SHACK SAHCK SACHK SACKH Which of these options is a real word? That's right, it's SHACK - you're off to a great start!
  • Question 2

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

MANAGER          HERD

CORRECT ANSWER
A
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to remove either the A or R from MANAGER to leave us with MANAGE or MANGER. Do you know what a MANGER is? If not, then look it up in the word detective's most useful tool for cracking cases - a dictionary! Only the A can be added into the second word though, leaving MANGER on one side and HEARD on the other.
  • Question 3

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

FRIGHT          FIEND

 

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
It is possible to remove either the F or R from FRIGHT, to leave the word RIGHT or FIGHT behind. So which letter can be added to the second word to create a new word? Only the R will work, leaving FIGHT on one side and FRIEND on the other. If the answer doesn't jump out at us, we can try each target letter in each position in this word, like this: FFIEND FIFEND FIEFND FIENFD FIENDF None of these options are real words, so we know that the letter F cannot be the correct answer. Does that make sense?
  • Question 4

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

BLAME          TALE

 

CORRECT ANSWER
B
EDDIE SAYS
We can only remove one letter from BLAME which leaves a viable word behind - the B to create LAME. If we add this into TALE, we can create the word TABLE. Are you getting the idea, word detective?
  • Question 5

Halfway there already!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

FATE          WIN

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
We could choose to remove either the F or E here, to leave us with the word ATE or FAT. Only the E can be added into the word WIN though, to create the word WINE. Now that is a WIN to celebrate, for sure!
  • Question 6

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

BRAND          CEASED

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
We could remove either the R or D from BRAND, to create the word BAND or BRAN. Only the R can be added into the word CEASED, to create the word CREASED. Great stuff!
  • Question 7

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

BLOCK          EAST

CORRECT ANSWER
B
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one letter we can remove from the word BLOCK which leaves a viable word behind - the letter B, to leave the word LOCK. If we add this B into the second word, we can create the new word BEAST. Hopefully, that challenge wasn't too BEAST-ly for you?
  • Question 8

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

MEAT          TEA  

 

CORRECT ANSWER
M
EDDIE SAYS
We could move the M, E or A from the first word to create a viable word left over (namely EAT, MAT or MET). However, only the M can be added to the word TEA to create a new word - TEAM. When you have a choice of letters to remove, it's important to take them one option at a time to try out in the second word, until you find the one that works.
  • Question 9

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

CHEAT          FAST

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
We could move the C or E from the first word to leave behind the word HEAT or CHAT. Only the E can be added into the second word though, to create the word FEAST. Last mission coming up!
  • Question 10

You've reached the final question... great job!

 

In the box below, type the letter that can be removed from the first word and added to the second so that both words make sense.

 

COAT          RUMBLE

 

CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
Here we could move the C, O or A from the first word to create the new words of OAT, CAT or COT. Only the C works to add into the second word, to create the new word CRUMBLE. Did you know that you can make a CRUMBLE using OATS?! Congratulations, letter switcher - another completed activity under your belt!
---- 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