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Investigate How Words Change: Adding -y

In this worksheet, students practise adding 'y' to words and noting how the spelling changes.

'Investigate How Words Change: Adding -y' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Spelling Rules

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

We can add the letter 'y' to many words to make new words.

smell / smelly

 

Sometimes we simply add the 'y', but for some words we need to change the ending of the word first.

If the word ends in 'e' we drop the 'e' before we add the 'y'.

mouse / mousy 

 

If a noun has a short vowel sound just before the last letter we double the last letter before we add the 'y'.

cat / catty

 

If there are two consonants (letters that are not vowels) after the short vowel we don't need to double the last letter.

sand / sandy

 

If the vowel sound is long we don't double the last letter either.

cheek / cheeky

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

fuss

Add the letter 'y' to the following word. You will need to double the final letter first.

 

sun

Add the letter 'y' to the following word. You will need to drop the final 'e' first.

 

bone

Add the letter 'y' to the following word. It might help to read the word out loud and decide if the vowel sound is long or short.

 

sleep

Add the letter 'y' to the following word. Look back at the introduction (click on the Help button above) if you can't remember the different rules!

 

fat

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

grease

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

craft

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

hand

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

greed

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

cloud

  • Question 1

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

fuss

CORRECT ANSWER
fussy
EDDIE SAYS
There are already two consonants at the end of the word 'fuss', so we don't need to add another when adding the 'y'.
  • Question 2

Add the letter 'y' to the following word. You will need to double the final letter first.

 

sun

CORRECT ANSWER
sunny
EDDIE SAYS
Here, we need to add an extra 'n' to the end of the word when we add a 'y'.
  • Question 3

Add the letter 'y' to the following word. You will need to drop the final 'e' first.

 

bone

CORRECT ANSWER
bony
EDDIE SAYS
If you remember in the introduction, if the word ends in the letter 'e', we have to drop the 'e' before we add the 'y'.
  • Question 4

Add the letter 'y' to the following word. It might help to read the word out loud and decide if the vowel sound is long or short.

 

sleep

CORRECT ANSWER
sleepy
EDDIE SAYS
The 'ee' sound is long so you don't need to double the 'p'.
  • Question 5

Add the letter 'y' to the following word. Look back at the introduction (click on the Help button above) if you can't remember the different rules!

 

fat

CORRECT ANSWER
fatty
EDDIE SAYS
The 'a' sound is short so you need to double the 't'.
  • Question 6

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

grease

CORRECT ANSWER
greasy
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to drop the 'e'?
  • Question 7

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

craft

CORRECT ANSWER
crafty
EDDIE SAYS
There are two consonants after the short vowel so you don't need to double the 't'.
  • Question 8

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

hand

CORRECT ANSWER
handy
EDDIE SAYS
There are two consonants here, too!
  • Question 9

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

greed

CORRECT ANSWER
greedy
  • Question 10

Add the letter 'y' to the following word.

 

cloud

CORRECT ANSWER
cloudy
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