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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
a in Morse Code a in ASL
A is for ...
a in Braille a Marine Signal Flag
aardvark

aardvark

Aardvarks are large African mammals that eat ants. The name means "Earth pig."
abacus

abacus

An abacus is an ancient device used for arithmetic calculations.


above

Above means over or higher. The cloud is above the mountain.
Mr. Mrs.
Dr. USA


abbreviation

An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word. Some common abbreviations are: St. (street), Ave. (avenue), km (kilometer), and UK (United Kingdom).
rain
acid rain

Acid rain is polluted and is harmful to the environment.
acorn

acorn

The acorn is the nut of an oak tree.
Acrocanthosaurus

Acrocanthosaurus

Acrocanthosaurus was huge, spine-backed, meat-eating dinosaur.
SCUBA
NASA
LASER


acronym

An acronym is a pronounceable word that is formed using the first letters in a phrase (sometimes other parts of the words are used). Some acronyms are: RAM (which is short for "Random Access Memory") and NIMBY (which is short for "Not In My BackYard").


act

When you act, you do something or perform a role.


actor

An actor is someone who performs a role in a play or a movie.
acute angle

acute angle

An acute angle is less than 90 degrees.
"Haste makes waste."

adage

An adage is a short saying that tells a commonly-known truth.
John Adams

Adams, John

John Adams (1735-1826) was the second President of the USA, serving from 1797 to 1801.
1+1=2

2+3=5


addition

Addition is the adding of numbers to get their sum.


address

An address lists where someone lives or works. On a piece of mail, an address tells the Post Office where to bring a letter or package.


adjective

An adjective is a word that describes a person, place or thing.


adult

Adults are grown-up women and men.
?

adverb

An adverb is a word that tells "how," "when," "where," or "how much". Some adverbs are: easily, warmly, quickly, mainly, freely, often, and unfortunately.
afraid

afraid

When you're afraid, you are scared or frightened.
Africa
Africa

Africa is the second biggest continent. It is in the Southern Hemisphere and is bordered by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea. Some of the many countries in Africa are Algeria, Egypt, Ethopia, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zaire, and Zimbabwe.
African elephant

African elephant

The African elephant is the biggest land animal. It has large ears and a long trunk.

African penguin

The African penguin is a small, flightless bird that lives on islands off the coast of southern Africa.
African wild cat

African wild cat

The African wild cat is a fierce cat and a fast hunters.
Cape dog

African wild dog

The African wild dog hunts in packs in Africa.


agouti

The agouti is a large, short-tailed rodent from rainforests in the Americas.


aileron

Ailerons are the outer flaps on the rear surface of the wings of an airpane. Ailerons are used to keep the airplane from rollling from side to side.


air

The Earth is surrounded by air. Many animals breathe air.


Airedale terrier

The Airedale terrier is a dog that was originally bred in England.
airplane

airplane

Airplanes are vehicles that fly in the sky.


ajar

Something that is ajar is partly open. The door above is ajar.


Alabama

Alabama is a state in the southern United States of America. Its capital is Montgomery.
Alamo

The Alamo

The Alamo is an old Spanish mission located in San Antonio, Texas.
Alamosaurus

Alamosaurus

Alamosaurus was a huge, long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur that had a whip-like tail. Fossils have been found in Texas.


Alaska

Alaska is the 49th state of the United States of America. Its capital is Juneau.
Alaskan malamute

Alaskan malamute

The Alaskan malamute is a powerful sled dog from Alaska.
albatross

albatross

The albatross is web-footed bird that can fly for a long period of time. Whe something is called an albatross, it means that it is burden.
Albertosaurus

Albertosaurus

Albertosaurus was a large, meat-eating dinosaur, related to T. Rex.
appleapple

alike

When things are alike they look the same.


all

All of an item includes the entire item. All of a group includes the entire group. For example, all of the apples above are red.
alley

alley

An alley is a narrow road between buildings.
alligator

alligator

Alligators are large reptiles that have huge jaws and large teeth.
leaping lizards
building blocks


alliteration

Alliteration is the repetition of initial sounds in neighboring words. "Slithering snake" is an alliteration because both words start with the "s" sound. "Notable knight" is an alliteration because both words start with the "n" sound (even though they start with different letters).
Allosaurus

Allosaurus

Allosaurus was a huge, meat-eating dinosaur.
almond

almond

An almond is a type of nut.


alpaca

The alpaca is a South American mammal related to and smaller than the llama.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

alphabet

There are 26 letters in the alphabet.
amber

amber

Amber is a yellowish, hardened tree resin.
ambulance

ambulance

An ambulance takes sick people to the hospital.


America

The United States of America is a country in North America. There are 50 states in the United States of America.
sign language

American Sign Language

Some deaf people use American Sign Language to communicate.
atom

amethyst

Amethyst is a purple gemstone.
amoeba

amoeba

An amoeba is a tiny, one-celled animal. Amoeba is also spelled ameba.
&

ampersand

An ampersand is a symbol that means "and."
froglizard
amphibian

Amphibians are animals that live in the water during their early life, but usually live on land as adults. They include frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and others.
anaconda

anaconda

The anaconda is a huge, South American snake.
art
rat
tar


anagram

An anagram is a word or phrase that is made by rearranging the letters of another word. For example, spot is an anagram of post.
human body

anatomy

Anatomy is a science that studies the body.
anchor

anchor

An anchor is a heavy metal device that holds a ship in place.
angel

angel

An angel embodies goodness.
angelfish

angelfish

Angelfish are brightly-colored fish that live in warm water.
angelshark

angelshark

Angelsharks are sharks that have flat bodies and live on the ocean floor.
angle

angle

An angle is the amount of rotation it would take to put one intersecting line on top of another.
angry

angry

When you are angry, you are very mad.
animals

animals

Animals are a type of living organism. You can see lots of different animals at the zoo.
dinosaur track
dinosaur track
animal tracks

Animals make tracks in the ground when they walk or run.
ankle

ankle

The ankle is the joint between your foot and leg.
Ankylosaurus

Ankylosaurus

Ankylosaurus was a plant-eating, armored dinosaur.
ant

ant

Ants are small, social insects that are found worldwide.
Antarctica
Antarctica

Antarctica is an icy continent around the South Pole.
giant anteater

anteater

Anteaters are ant-eating mammals that have a very long snout (it is used to obtain ants). They are from South and Central America.
antelope

antelope

Antelopes are graceful mammals with beautiful horns.
Susan B. Anthony

Anthony, Susan B.

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906) campaigned for women's rights in the USA, including the right to vote.


antlers

Antlers are hard, branch-like growths on the head of some mammals- they are shed yearly. Many animals, like reindeer, have antlers.
happysad

antonym

Antonyms are words that mean the opposite of each other. Some antonyms include: happy/sad, big/small, up/down, stop/go, wet/dry, long/short, loose/tight.
Apatosaurus

Apatosaurus

Apatosaurus was a huge, plant-eating dinosaur. It used to be called Brontosaurus.
gorilla

ape

Apes are a type of mammal. Chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos, gorillas, and people are apes.
can't

apostrophe

An apostrophe is a symbol that indicates that some letters have been omitted from a word (for example, "do not" can be written as the contraction "don't"). Apostrophes are also used to show possession (for example, Jane's doll means a doll belonging to Jane).
apple

apple

An apple is a juicy fruit that grows on an apple tree.
Johnny Appleseed

Appleseed, Johnny

Johnny Appleseed was a legendary man who planted apple trees through the USA. His real name was John Chapman, but he was called Johnny Appleseed because of his love for growing apple trees.
apple tree

apple tree

An apple tree is a fruit tree that produces apples.

apricot

An apricot is a tart fruit with a thin, orange skin and a hard pit.


April

April is the fourth month of the year.
apron
apron

An apron protects clothing from getting dirty.
aquarium

aquarium

You can look at fish in an aquarium.


Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a holiday that encourages tree planting and tree care. In the USA, Arbor Day is usually celebrated on the last Friday in April.
vinegaroon

arachnid

Arachnids are animals that have eight jointed legs, an exoskeleton, and a two-part body. Spiders, scorpions, and ticks are arachnids.
arch

arch

An arch is a curved opening.
Archelon

Archelon

Archelon was a marine turtle that was the size of a car. It lived during the time of the dinosaurs.
archer
archer

An archer shoots an arrow with a bow.


archipelago

An archipelago is a group or chain of islands clustered together in a sea or ocean.
Arctic

Arctic

The Arctic is the area surrounding the North Pole of the Earth. The Arctic is covered by the Arctic Ocean, some of which is covered by a thick layer of ice.
polar bearnarwhal

Arctic animals

Animals that live in the Arctic have adapted to withstand very cold temperatures.
arctic hare

Arctic hare

This white hare lives in the Arctic and has huge hindfeet.
Arctic

Arctic Ocean

The Arctic Ocean is the ocean that covers the North Pole and surrounding areas.
arctic tern
Arctic tern

The Arctic tern is a small bird that flies from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again each year.
arctic wolf

Arctic wolf

Arctic wolves are meat-eaters that live in northern Canada.
1+1=2

7-4=3


arithmetic

Arithmetic is the study of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.


Arizona

Arizona is a state in the southwestern United States of America. Its capital is Phoenix.


Arkansas

Arkansas is a state in the United States of America. Its capital is Little Rock.
arm

arm

You can carry things in your arms.
armadillo

armadillo

An armadillo is a small, burrowing, armored mammal.
armchair

armchair

An armchair is a chair with arms.
Armstrong

Armstrong, Neil

Neil Alden Armstrong (1930- ) was the first person to walk on the moon. He piloted NASA's Apollo 11 mission, which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.


army

An army is a unified group of people who are trained to fight on land.


around

When something is around something, it is near or close to it.
arrow

arrow

Arrows are long and have a sharp point.
art

art

A work of art can be a drawing, painting, sculpture, music, dance, photograph, or other form of expression.
art gallery

art gallery

You can see works of art at an art gallery.
artichoke

artichoke

The artichoke is a spiny, green vegetable.
the, a, an

article

An article is a word that introduces a noun and also limits or clarifies it. In English, the indefinite articles are: a and an; the definite article is the.
artist at easel

artist

An artist creates works of art.
Asia
Asia

Asia is the biggest continent. It is in the Northern Hemisphere and borders Europe. Some of the countries in Asia include China, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Laos, Japan, Myanmar, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, and part of Russia.
sleep

asleep

When you are asleep you are not awake.
assassin bug

assassin bug

Assassin bugs are a type of insect that eats other insects.
asteroid

asteroid

Asteroids are tiny planets; most asteroids orbit between Mars and Jupiter.
asteroid belt

asteroid belt

The asteroid belt is a doughnut-shaped concentration of asteroids that orbit the Sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
astronaut

astronaut

An astronaut travels into space to explore or perform tasks.
Galileo

astronomer

Astronomers are people who study astronomy and learn about objects in the universe, including stars and planets.
galaxy

astronomy

Astronomy is the science that studies the universe.
athlete

athlete

Someone who is good at a sport is an athlete.
Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean is a large body of salt water that separates the Americas from Europe and Africa. It is the second largest ocean.
atmosphere

atmosphere

The atmosphere is the gas that surrounds a planet.


atoll

An atoll is a ring (or partial ring) of coral that forms an island in an ocean or sea.
atom

atom

Everything is made up of tiny atoms.
@

at sign

The @ on keyboards and in email addresses is called the "at sign." You can write one easily by writing a lower case a, then continuing to draw an almost-complete circle around the a.


August

August is the eighth month of the year.
aurora
aurora

An aurora is beautiful lights in the near-polar sky. Auroras are also called northern lights.
Australia

Australia

Australia is a continent, a country and an island! It is surrounded by the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The capital of Australia is Canberra.
automobile

automobile

An automobile is a car.
autumn

autumn

Autumn is the season between summer and winter. Another name for autumn is fall.
avenue

avenue

An avenue is a wide street.
avimimus

Avimimus

Avimimus was a bird-like dinosaur that ate meat and had a long beak.
avocado

avocado

The avocado is an oily, green fruit; it is sometimes called the alligator pear. Avocados grow on trees in warm areas.


awake

When you are awake, you are not asleep.


award

An award is something you get for winning or doing well at something.
awl
awl

An awl is a long, sharp tool used to make small holes in things.
ax

ax

(also spelled axe) An ax is a sharp, metal tool with a handle that is useful for chopping wood.
aye-aye

aye-aye

The aye-aye is an unusual, nocturnal primate (a type of mammal) that lives in Madagascar (an island off the coast of Africa).


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