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 grou …

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Download: CVWP-Periods-of-Time-bundle

People who take care of us. People we encounter at schools. People we see working in businesses. People are all around us. Let’s take a look at some of the core vocabulary words that describe the people we encounter. We’ …

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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. Let’s take a l …

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Download: CVWP-SPORTS-Action-Done-in-Activities-and-play-MAIN

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. Some animals are our friends, while othe …

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Download: CVWP-Animals-of-All-Shapes-and-Sizes-Bundle

All About Books and Other Written Texts Everyday we encounter books and other things we read. There are many types of written texts, and what you find inside of each one may be different.  How books and other texts are writte …

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Download: CVWP-All-About-Books-and-Other-Written-Texts-Bundle

  Elements, Minerals, and Rocks 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 differ …

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Download: CVWP-Elements-Minerals-and-Rocks-Bundle

The Food We Eat 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 ty …

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Download: CVWP-The-Food-We-Eat-Bundle

All About Money Everyday 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. We’ve grouped these words into three groups. Wor …

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The Arts 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. We’ve grouped them into five categories. About the Arts Art is a …

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Download: CVWP-The-Arts-Bundle

The human body is complex in many ways. 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 experi …

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Download: CVWP-Health-and-the-Human-Body-Bundle

Fashion and design are very popular parts of many cultures. The various types of clothing and accessories to choose from allow people to create their own sense of style that reflects their unique personality. There are many catego …

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Download: CVWP-Fashion-and-Design-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. We’ve sorted them into four groups. General Types and Part …

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Download: CVWP-Plants-and-Where-Plants-Grow-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. We have lots of words that describe what they are and what they do …

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Download: CVWP-Machines-and-Tools-Bundle

Places People Live and Types of Dwellings People Live In People live all over the world in different kinds of settlements and dwellings. Different cultures have adapted the way they live in order to survive and be comfortable. Som …

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Download: CVWP-Places-and-Dwellings-Bundle

Water is all around us. We have lots of words to describe water and the things we do with water. Words That Describe Water and Weather & How Water Interacts with Its Surroundings Weather is something that we all experience dai …

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There are lots of words that describe the way we move from place to place. We’ve sorted them into four groups. Types of Transportation or Vehicles Most people use some form of transportation everyday. Adults and kids alike use dif …

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Download: CVWP-Transportation-Bundle