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Little Explorers
Picture Dictionary

Organized by the Sound at the Beginning of the Word
long a b hard c
+ k
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
ar br fr gr n oy r squ sn spr tw
Words that Start with an "S" Sound
(including words that start with a soft c and s)


celery

Celery is a crisp, green vegetable.


cell

Cells are the building blocks of all plants and animals.
penny

cent

Cent is another word for penny.
centipede

centipede

A centipede is a small predatory animal with many legs.


Centrosaurus

Centrosaurus was plant-eating dinosaur with a long snout horn.


Ceratosaurus

Ceratosaurus was a meat-eating dinosaur from the Jurassic period. It had a small horn on its snout.


cicada

A cicada is a flying insect with big eyes and clear wings. It has a very long life cycle and the males make a buzzing sound.


circle

A circle is round.
circus

circus

A circus is a traveling show that has acrobats, clowns, and animals.


city

A city is a place where a lot of people live.


Coelacanth

The Coelacanth (pronounced SEE-la-canth) is a primitive fish that was thought to have been extinct for millions of years, but a living Coelacanth was caught in 1938.

cyclone

A cyclone is a storm of rapidly spinning air that is very dangerous.


cylinder

A cylinder is a figure with a long round body .


cymbals

Cymbals are musical instruments. You bang or hit these percussion instruments together to make a sound.


saber-toothed cat

The saber-toothed cats (also called saber-toothed tigers) were large meat eaters that lived during the last ice age.


Sacajawea

Sacajawea, also spelled Sacagawea (1788-1812) was a Shoshone Indian woman who guided and acted as an interpreter and negotiator for Lewis and Clark on their exploratory expedition in the northwestern USA.


sack

A sack is a container. You can put things in a sack.


sad

Sometimes people cry when they're sad.
safety pin

safety pin

A safety pin is a type of pin that is used to fasten clothes and diapers.


said

Said is the past tense of the verb say.


sail

A sail is a large piece of strong fabric that catches the wind and propels a boat or sailboard through the water.


sailboat

A sailboat is a boat that has sails and is powered by the wind.


sailfish

The sailfish is a deep-sea fish. It is the fastest fish in the sea and can swim up to 68 miles per hour (110 kph).


Saint Bernard

A large, muscular, heroic dog originally from Switzerland.


salad

A salad is a type of food that is usually made with lettuce and other vegetables.


salamander

Salamanders are amphibians that retain their tail as an adult.


salami

Salami is a type of salty, spicy meat product, usually made from beef and/or pork.


salmon

Salmon are fish that live in the sea and spawn in fresh water.


salt

Salt is an important crystalline mineral that we use to season our food.


samurai

Samurai were Japanese warriors.


sand

Sand is a loose material composed of fine debris of rock and mineral particles.


sandals

Sandals are open shoes worn in warm weather.


sandcastle

A sandcastle is a small castle made of damp sand.


sand dollar

Sand Dollars are coin-shaped spiny-skinned sea bed animals that have 5-part radial symmetry.


sandwich

A sandwich is cheese, peanutbutter, meat, or another filling between two slices of bread.
sapphire

sapphire

Sapphire is a blue gemstone.


satellite

Satellites orbit the Earth.
Saturn

Saturn

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun. It has beautiful rings.
Saurornithoides

Saurornithoides

Saurornithoides was a small, fast-moving, meat-eating dinosaur.


sausage

Sausage is a type of processed meat.

savanna

A savanna is a hot, seasonally dry grassland with scattered trees.


saw

A saw is a tool that cuts things.


say

When you say something, you are talking.


saxophone

The saxophone is a large woodwind instrument. It was invented by Adolph Sax around 1840.


science

People study science to learn about the physical world.
scissors

scissors

Scissors are useful for cutting things.


sea

A sea is a large body of salt water that is connected to an ocean. A sea may be partly or completely surrounded by land.


sea anemone

A sea snemone is a predatory sea animal that looks like a flower and lives on the ocean floor.


sea cow

Sea cows (also called manatees) are gentle, slow-swimming, aquatic mammals.


sea cucumber

Sea cucumbers are cylinder-shaped animals that live on the sea floor.


sea gull

Sea gull is the common name for some birds that live near oceans and lakes.


sea horse

The sea horse is a very strange type of fish - it has a long snout and a curled tail.

seal

A seal is an emblem (symbol) of a country, family, or other group.


seal

Seals are animals that live in the ocean but breathe air. They are marine mammals.


sea lion

Sea lions are eared seals that live off the coast of western North America.


sea otter

Sea otters are marine mammals with very dense, waterproof fur.


seasons

There are four seasons in the year: winter, spring, summer, and fall (also called autumn).


sea star

Sea stars, another name for starfish, are animals that live on the ocean floor.


sea urchin

The sea urchin is a spiny, globular animal that lives on the ocean floor.


seaweed

Seaweed is a plant that lives in the sea.


second

The second person or item comes after the first and before the third.


second

There are 60 seconds in a minute.


second hand

The second hand on a clock tells you how many seconds have gone by.


sedimentary rock

Sedimentary rock is rock that has formed from sediment and is where most fossils are found.


see

We see with our eyes. Our eyes give us a sense of sight.


seeds

Seeds grow into plants.


seesaw

Seesaws go up and down.


Seismosaurus

Seismosaurus was a long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur that was over 130 feet long. Its name means "earthquake lizard."


semicircle

A semicircle is half a circle.
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semicolon

A semicolon is a punctuation mark; it is used to separate major parts of a compound sentence.


senses

People have five senses, the sense of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.
The dog is brown.
Do you like apples?


sentence

A sentence is a group of words that is a statement, question, exclamation, or command.


September

September is the ninth month of the year.


serpent

A serpent is a reptile with scaly skin and no legs or arms.


serval

The serval is a long-legged African wild cat.


seven

There are seven days in the week.


sew

You can sew using a needle and thread. Clothes are made by sewing fabric.
sewing machine

sewing machine

A sewing machine sews stitches very quickly and easily. The sewing machine was invented in 1846 by Elias Howe.


siamang

The siamang is a rare, black, long-armed ape from rainforests in southeast Asia.


sick

When you are sick, you are not healthy.


sidewalk

A sidewalk is a paved path for people to walk on.


silk

Silk is a delicate thread that is used to make fine fabric. Silk is obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm moth.
Silkworm

silkworm

The silkworm moth is an insect (not a worm) that produces a silken cocoon. This cocoon is harvested to make silk thread.


silo

A silo is a building in which bulk food, like wheat, is stored.


silver

Silver is a valuable metal; it is also the shiniest metal. Some coins and jewelry are made from silver.


sink

We can wash our hands at a sink.


sisters

Sisters are girls or women who have the same parents.


sit

When you sit you rest your legs.


Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull was a great Sioux Indian chief and the last chief to surrender to the U.S. government.


six

All insects have six legs.


soap

Soap and water help clean things.


soccer ball

A soccer ball is made up of pentagons and hexagons.


sock

We wear socks under our shoes.


sofa

A sofa is a large, soft piece of furniture that many people can sit on.


soil

Plants grow in soil.
solar system

Solar System

In our Solar System, eight planets, one dwarf planet, many asteroids, comets, and other objects orbit around our sun.


soldier

A soldier is a person who fights for a country.


solid

A solid is a matter in which the molecules are very close together and cannot move around. Ice, quartz, and diamonds are solids.


son

A son is a male offspring.


sonar

In sonar (also called echolocation), high-pitched sounds (usually a series of clicks) are sent out. The sound bounces off the object and some returns. The returning echo is interpreted to determine the object's shape, direction, distance, and texture. Dolphins (and other toothed whales) and some bats use sonar to navigate and find prey.


soup

Soup is a type of food. Vegetable soup and chicken soup are two kinds of soup.


south

South is a compass direction. South is opposite north.


South America

South America is a continent in the Western Hemisphere. It is bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Some of the many countries in South America include Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, and Venezuela.


South Carolina

South Carolina is a state in the eastern United States of America. Its capital is Columbia.


South Dakota

South Dakota is a state in the United States of America. Its capital is Pierre.


Southern Hemisphere

The Southern Hemisphere is the half of the Earth that is south of the equator.


South Korea

South Korea is a country in eastern Asia.

South Pole

The south pole is the southern-most point on the Earth; it is located on the continent of Antarctica.


submarine

A submarine is a vessel that can travel underwater and carry people.
1-1=0

5-3=2


subtraction

Subtraction is the operation of taking one number away from another.


suit

A suit is a set of matching clothes.


suitcase

When you travel, you carry your clothing in a suitcase.
summer

summer

Summer is the season between spring and fall (autumn).


Sun

The Sun is a medium-sized yellow star in our Solar System. We get our light and most of our energy from the Sun.


sun bear

The sun bear is the smallest bear. It lives in Asia and is quite ferocious. This mammal is also known as the honey bear and the Malay bear.


sunfish

The sunfish is a large fish with an almost circular, flattened body.


sunflower

A sunflower is a plant that turns to face the sun.


sunglasses

Sunglasses help to protect your eyes from too much sunlight.


sunrise

Sunrise is the time when the sun rises.


sunset

Sunset is the time when the sun sets below the horizon.
Supersaurus

Supersaurus

Supersaurus was a long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur that was about 100 feet long. Its name means "super lizard."


sword

A long time ago, soldiers fought with swords.


swordfish

The swordfish is a large fish with a long, sharp bill.
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symbol

A symbol is a mark or sign that stands for something else. For example, the symbol & means and.
Syntarsus

Syntarsus

Syntarsus was a fast-moving, meat-eating dinosaur that lived during the Jurassic period.

Little Explorers Picture Dictionary
Organized by the Sound at the Beginning of the Word
long a b hard c
+ k
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
ar br fr gr n oy r squ sn spr tw


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