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Picture Dictionary

Organized by the Sound at the Beginning of the Word
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Words that Start with a "Short A" Sound

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abacus

abacus

An abacus is an ancient device that is used for arithmetic calculations.
rain
acid rain

Acid rain is polluted and harmful to the environment.
Acrocanthosaurus

Acrocanthosaurus

Acrocanthosaurus was huge, spine-backed, meat-eating dinosaur.


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.
"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


add

When you add numbers, yo get their sum.
big, purple,
cold, scary,
sweet, ugly


adjective

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


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.
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.
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.


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.
&

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 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.
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 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.
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.
arrow

arrow

Arrows are long and have a sharp point.
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.
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.
avenue

avenue

An avenue is a wide street.
avimimus

Avimimus

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

ax

An ax is useful for chopping wood.

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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


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