Core Vocabulary Word Pictures

The core vocabulary consists of the 4,000 simple word families which account for 90% of the words in written English.  Function words (e.g., the, of) and general academic words (e.g., compare, relate) are prominent in the core vocabulary but there are also many concept words which can be pictured.  A goal of TextProject is to provide Word Pictures for many of the concept groups within the core vocabulary.

Since the day you were born, you have been experiencing the passage of time. There are lots of words to describe how to track time, to tell how fast or slow time moves, and to measure time. We’ve sorted these words into three groups.

 CVWP Time bundle

People who take care of us. People we encounter at schools. People we see working in businesses. People are all around us. Here are some words that describe the people we encounter.

CVWP People bundle

To play is to do something fun. Adults and children all around the world play. Some people play a sport by themselves, like running a marathon. Others play sports on a team, like on a soccer or water polo team.

CVWP Sports bundle

All around the world there are big animals, small animals, and all sizes in between. Mammals, fish, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and other critters are all animals living on Earth. Let’s take a look at some of the core vocabulary words describing the types and characteristics of animals.


There are many types of written texts, and what you find inside of each one may be different.

CVWP Books bundle

Earth is made of elements, minerals, and rocks. There are many words used to describe different elements and minerals. There are also many words to describe different kinds of rocks and their different sizes. 

CVWP Elements, Minerals & Rocks bundle

Everyday we eat food in order to give our bodies energy to play, work, and do the things we need to do. There are lots of words to describe where our food comes from, what our food tastes like, and the different types of food that we eat.

CVWP Food bundle

Every day people use money to buy things that they need and want. There are lots of words that describe money, earning and spending money, and the economy in general.

CVWP Money bundle

Art is the creation of beauty through different types of materials. Anyone can be an artist. There are lots of core vocabulary words that describe the arts.

CVWP Arts bundle

There are lots of words used to describe humans as organisms, the parts of the body, the brain and the body’s senses, health and nutrition, and the injuries and illnesses the body may experience.

CVWP-Health & Human Body bundle

The various types of clothing and accessories to choose from allow people to create their own sense of style that reflects their unique personality.

CVWP Fashion bundle

Plants grow all around the world. There are lots of words that describe the types of plants, parts of plants, where plants grow, and the types of land plants grow on.

CVWP Plants bundle

Everyday machines and tools make completing different tasks a little easier. There are lots of different kinds of tools and machines, from simple to complex tools.

CVWP Machines Tools bundle

Every day we go to places and enter buildings. There is an abundance of words that describe the different places we go and the different types of dwellings we enter.

CVWP Places & Dwellings bundle

Water is all around us. We have lots of words to describe water and the things we do with water.

CVWP Water bundle

There are lots of words that describe the way we move from place to place. We’ve sorted them into four groups.

CVWP Transportation Bundle