Summer is HERE. School has finished for the year, camp is getting started, pants have been swapped for shorts, and no matter what effort I put into cleaning my car, there will be a reliable trace of sand until the fall - at the earliest. That means it’s time for my post on summer vocabulary.
This post is a compilation of summer words. Here are a few ideas on how to use them:
Choose several words to alphabetize. This is a skill that ALWAYS needs some practice. For younger students that need extra support, choose only a few words that begin with different letters. With students that need less support and are up for more of a challenge, choose words that begin with the same letter, encouraging students to alphabetize by second and third letters.
Choose a few nouns from the list and ask students to list as many adjectives as they can think of to describe each noun.
Pick 8-10 words and ask student to write a short spring story using all of the chosen words. For students needing more support, they can write a descriptive sentence for each word.
Choose several words and write each one on a separate scrap of paper. Fold the papers and put them into a bag or container. Students take turns choosing a paper and describing the word on the paper for others to guess.
What words may students not know? Ask them to look up the word, write the definition, use the word in a sentence, and illustrate it. Have them discuss with a partner how each word relates to spring.
A: adventure; air conditioning; amusement park; anchor; August
B: barbecue; barefoot; bathing suit; beach; bee; bicycles; birds; blackberries; blistering; blueberries; boardwalk; boating; boats; bonfire; bucket; buoy; butterfly
C: campfire; camping; canoe; cap; crisp; capris; carnival; cooler
D: dew; diving; diving boar; dragonfly
E: explore; enjoy
F: fair; farm; fireworks; flashlight; flip flops; coats; flowers; Frisbee; fruit
G: garden; gardening; goggles; golf; grass; grasshopper
H: hat; heat; hike; how; hot; humid; hummingbird
I: ice cream; iced tea; Independence Day; insects
J: July; jump rope; June
K: kayak; kicks board
L: Labor Day; lake; lawn; lawnmower; lemonade; life jacket; lifeguard; life vest; lightening
M: mosquito; mower; muggy
N: nap; nest; nostalgic
P: paddle; paddle board; pail; peaches; picnic; plums; pool; popsicles; postcard
R: raft; rash guard; raspberries; rays; reading; repellent; roller blades
S: sailing; sand; sandals; sandcastle; sandpiper; scorching; seagull; September; shade; shorts; shovel; sleep away camp sleeping bag; s’mores; spade; starfish; stargazing; sting; strawberries; summertime; sunblock; sunburn; sundress; sunflower; sunhat; sunny; sun rays; sunshine; sun shower; suntan; surf; surfboard; sweltering; sim camp; swimsuit; swimming
T: t-shirt; tank top; tennis; tent; thunder; thunderstorm; tomatoes; towel
U: umbrella; underwater
V: vacation; vegetable garden
W: wading; wasp; water; water bottle; water slide; watermelon; waves; wildflowers; wheelbarrow
Z: zap; zinc oxide
Are there any other words you’d add to this list?
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