1st Grade - Changing Letters To Make New Words

 
     
 
     
 
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Letter and Word Sounds
Changing letters to make new words
Add, delete, or change target sounds to change words.
The student will understand that when sounds change in a word, a brand new word is made. For example, if you take the “f” out of “fan” and replace it with a “p,” the word pan is formed. If you remove the letter “t” in the word “tan,” the word “an” is formed.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

If you take the “p” in pot and change it to an “h” what does the word become?

(2)

If you change the “n” in man to a “t,” what new word will this make?

(3)

What word can we make if we take the “o” in hot and change it to the letter “a?” What new word is formed?

(4)

Take out the “m” in map and put in the letter “s” what does the word become?

(5)

If you take away the “s” in the word tops what new word do you have?

Learning Tips

(1)

If you have the letter tiles from the game Scrabble, they will work well for this activity. The children can start by making simple 3 letter (consonant/vowel/consonant) words. They should make a list of all of the words they make. The next time they play, ask them to create some of the same words that they did previously, but this time change one of the sounds in each word to create a list of new words. They can change the sounds by substituting letters, taking away a letter, or adding a letter to their original word.

(2)

Using alphabet pasta (available in your local grocery store) have the children create as simple three letter (consonant/vowel/consonant) words with the pasta. Next have the children manipulate and change the words to create new words by removing, adding, or substituting a letter/sound in the word. Make a list of all of the words you create.

(3)

On small cards write (individually) the letters of the alphabet. Mix the letters up and place 7-10 letters in front of the children (at least 3 should be vowels). Have the children manipulate the letters to create words. Once they have created a word ask them if there is something they could add, remove, or change to make a new word.

(4)

Word List Game: Take a sheet of paper and make 3 columns. Title the columns as follows: Add, Take Away, Change. Leave space across the top, above the columns to write a word, such as cabs. Have the children look at the word at the top of the page (cabs in this example). In the first column have them add letters to the word cab to create new words and write the new words in the add column. In the middle column have the students take letters away to create a new word. In the last column have the children change a letter at a time to create new words. After they have created their lists, discuss how just each of the changes created new words.

(5)

When reading to or with your child, point out simple words in the text. Ask them what would happen if you would change a certain letter in the word you chose. Ask them to identify what new word would be created. Challenge your child to find a word as “quiz” you.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

If you take out the beginning “g” in gag and replace it with the letter “b,” what new word will you create? (bag)

(2)

Let’s start with the word “pan.” Please make a new word by adding, taking away, or changing one of the letters. What is the new word you made? (an, pat, pans)

(3)

If you add an “s” to the end of the word tag, what new word will you create? (tags)

(4)

If you take the word pat and put an “s” in between the “a” and the “t,” what new word will you get? (past)

(5)

What happened when you take the letter “r” out of the word frog? (fog)

(6)

Take the word list and remove the letter “s.” What new word did you make? (lit)

(7)

If you start with the word “lost” and change the vowel from an “o” to the letter “a,” what new word do you make? (last)

(8)

Tim is going to add the letter “e” to the end of his name. What new word did he make? (time)

(9)

Look at each group of words. Explain to a partner what was changed in each pair to make a new word. (pins/pin, stand/sand, sun/run)

(10)

Create three new words with these letters: b, a, g, c, d, o, t, p

(11)

We are going to start with the word “tee.” If you put an “r” in this word you can make a new word that will describe a large green plant, with branches. What is the new word? (tree)

(12)

If you take the word “pot” and switch the places of the “p” and the “t,” what new word will you create? (top)

(13)

Let’s start with the word “fin.” If you replace the “i” with the letter “u,” what new word will you create? (fun)

(14)

If you see one man, but another comes along, how would we describe them, as mans or men? (men)

(15)

We will begin with the word “crab.” If you take away the letter “c” and replace it with the letter “g,” what new word will you create? (grab)

(16)

If you have the “of,” but then we add another “f” to the end of the word, what happens? (create new word –off)

(17)

We will begin with the word “an.” Add an “r” at the beginning and what new word do you get? (ran)

(18)

New let’s take the word “ran” and change the “r” to an “f.” What new word did we create? (fan)

(19)

If you start with the word “fan” and add an “s” to the end, what new word do you have? (fans)

(20)

Let’s start with the word “dust.” Change the “d” to an “m” and you now have the word ______. (must)

(21)

We are going to change the word “pill.” Place an “f” where the “p” was. What new word do you have? (fill)

(22)

Create three words using the following letters: s, c, e, I, f, l, , t, r

(23)

If you have the word “scab” an remove the letter “s.” What new word do you have? (cab)

(24)

If you start with one cup, but you mom gives you another one, you now have _______. How did you make the new word? (cups, added an “s” to the end of the word cup)

(25)

Let’s take the word “box” and change it by removing the “b” and replacing it with an “f.” What word do you have now?

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