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Little Explorers
Picture Dictionary

Organized by the Sound at the Beginning of the Word
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ch d long e f+ph hard g h long i j +
soft g
l long o short o p s + soft c sh t th long u v y
short a short e pl sk sl sp st sph short u w
air aw bl cl cr qu dr eer fl gl short i m or ow pr skr sm spl str sw shr tr thr ur wh z
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Words that Start with the a Sound
aardvark

aardvark

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

abacus

An abacus is a ancient device that is used for arithmetic calculations.


above

The cloud is above the mountain.
rain
acid rain

Acid rain is polluted and 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.
acute angle

acute angle

An acute angle is less than 90 degrees.
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 is a set of instructions that lets you know where mail is going.


adult

Adults are grown-up women and men.
afraid

afraid

When you're afraid, you are scared.
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. It is also called the Jackass Penguin.
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.


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 fly in the sky.


ajar

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


Alabama

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

Allosaurus

Allosaurus was a huge, meat-eating dinosaur.
almond

almond

An almond is a type of nut.
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.
sign language

American Sign Language

Some deaf people use American Sign Language to communicate.
amoeba

amoeba

An amoeba is a tiny, one-celled animal. Amoeba is also spelled ameba.
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 the biggest snake in the world.
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

You can see lots of animals at the zoo.
dinosaur track
dinosaur track
animal tracks

Animals make tracks 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 mammals with very long snouts. 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 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

Chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas are apes.
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.


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.
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 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 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.
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

An artichoke is a green, spiny vegetable.
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 insects that eat other insects.
asteroid

asteroid

Asteroids are tiny planets that mostly 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 goes up into space to explore.
Galileo

astronomer

Astronomers are people who study astronomy and learn about objects in the universe, like 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.


August

August is the eighth month of the year.
aurora
aurora

Auroras are beautiful lights in the near-polar sky.
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.


award

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

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

ax

An ax is useful for chopping wood.




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