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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 question 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!

Another juicy activity for you, 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.

 

AUCTION          COLD

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.

 

SLEDGE          OFTEN

 

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.

 

TIMES          EMBER

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.

 

STRING          DAWN

You're halfway through already, word detective!

 

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.

 

VALVE          SEEN

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.

 

FOUNDER          PROD

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.

 

AVOID          FUND

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          CHAP

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.

 

THINK          PLAN

 

And here it is... your final challenge!

 

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.

 

WITCH          HOLED

  • Question 1

Another juicy activity for you, 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.

 

AUCTION          COLD

CORRECT ANSWER
U
EDDIE SAYS
Firstly, which letter(s) can we remove from the word AUCTION which leaves a real word behind? The only option is the letter U, which leaves the word ACTION behind. Now we need to add this letter into the word COLD. If we cannot spot immediately where it should be added, we can try it next to each letter in the word, like this: UCOLD CUOLD COULD COLUD COLDU Which of these options is a real word? That's right, it's the word COULD! Great work word detective, out of the starting blocks!
  • 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.

 

SLEDGE          OFTEN

 

CORRECT ANSWER
S
EDDIE SAYS
Taking the S from SLEDGE makes the word LEDGE, and adding it to OFTEN makes the new word SOFTEN.
  • 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.

 

TIMES          EMBER

CORRECT ANSWER
M
EDDIE SAYS
Have you heard of the word EMBER before? It means a small piece of burning coal or wood in a dying fire. Removing the M leaves us with the word TIES, and adding it to EMBER makes MEMBER.
  • 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.

 

STRING          DAWN

CORRECT ANSWER
R
EDDIE SAYS
We can remove the R here, leaving STING on one side and DRAWN on the other. How are you getting on so far, word wizard?
  • Question 5

You're halfway through already, word detective!

 

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.

 

VALVE          SEEN

CORRECT ANSWER
V
EDDIE SAYS
The answer to this question is to remove the fourth letter, V, to leave the word VALE behind. Do you know what a VALE is? A VALE is another word for a valley. If we add this letter V into the word SEEN, we can create the new word SEVEN.
  • 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.

 

FOUNDER          PROD

CORRECT ANSWER
U
EDDIE SAYS
Removing the U works, as this leaves FONDER on one side and PROUD on the other. Hopefully, you are PROUD of your progress so far and are getting FONDER of this type of question - keep up the great work, detective!
  • 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.

 

AVOID          FUND

CORRECT ANSWER
O
EDDIE SAYS
We have a couple of options for letters we can remove here. We could remove the A to create the word VOID, or the O to create the word AVID. AVID means to have a keen interest in something. Only the O can be added into the second word to create a real word - FOUND. We have become AVID about words during this activity! What else are you AVID about in the rest of your life?
  • 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.

 

CHEAT          CHAP

CORRECT ANSWER
E
EDDIE SAYS
We could choose to remove the C or the E from the first word, to create the new words of HEAT and CHAT. Only the E can be added into CHAP to create a real word though. We can change CHAP into CHEAP with our E. Nearly finished, word detective!
  • 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.

 

THINK          PLAN

 

CORRECT ANSWER
K
EDDIE SAYS
Only the K works to make two new words - THIN and PLANK. Quick, on to the last case you need to crack, detective!
  • Question 10

And here it is... your final challenge!

 

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.

 

WITCH          HOLED

CORRECT ANSWER
W
EDDIE SAYS
We can remove the W or the C from WITCH to leave behind real words - ITCH and WITH. However, we can only add the W into the word HOLED to create the new word HOWLED. Hopefully we will not get an ITCH that makes us HOWL - that would not be pleasant! Another activity successfully completed, letter switcher - fantastic work!
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