Despite the heavy snowfall that blanketed much of the northeast last week, spring is officially here — so the calendar says. But the days are longer and lighter, and more signs of spring will soon be on the way: the snow will melt, flowers will bloom, and the sounds of the woodpeckers and chirping birds will be heard.
This post is focused on a compilation of spring words and ways to use them. This resource can be used with students of all levels, and be differentiated based on each child’s ability. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Choose several words for students to alphabetize. This is a skill that ALWAYS needs some practice! For younger students or those who need extra support, choose only a few words, and ones that all start with different letters. For those needing less support and more of a challenge, give several words that start with the same letter, encouraging students to alphabetize by second and third letters.
- Choose a few nouns from the list and ask students to use as many adjectives as they can to describe each noun.
- Pick 8-10 words and ask students to write a short spring story that includes those words.Alternatively, students can write a descriptive sentence for each word.
- Choose several words to write individually on pieces of paper that you fold and put into a basket or jar. Students pick a word and describe the word for others to guess without using the word on the piece of paper.
- What words may students not know off this list? Have them look up the unfamiliar word, write a sentence using the word, and illustrate it.
- Ask student to sort various words into different categories: adjectives, nouns, verbs, weather, activities, clothing, animals, etc…
A: allium; April
B: baseball; bed (in a garden); bee; bicycle; birds; birth; bloom; blossom; bouquet; born; breeze; breezy; bud; bunny; buttercup; butterfly; buzz; buzzing
C: calf; calves; cardigan; caterpillar; cherry blossoms; chicks; chirp; cleaning; crocus
D: dahlia; daffodils; downpour; duck; duckling
E: Earth Day; Easter; eggs
F: farm; Father’s Day; flowers; foal
G: galoshes; garden; gardening; geranium; gosling; grass; grasshopper
H: hatch; hoe; hyacinth;
J: June; jog
K: kid (baby goat); kite
L: ladybug; lamb; lawn; lawn mower; light
M: March; marigold; May; melt; Memorial Day; migrate; migration; Mother’s Day
N: nest; north
O: orchid; outside
P: Passover; picnic; piglet; planting; puddle
Q: quack (says the duck)
R: rain; rainbows; rainbow; raindrops; rebirth; robin; rose; rosebud
S: sandals; sap; seeds; shorts; shovel; skirts; sneakers; soil; spade; spring; spring cleaning; springtime; sprout; sweatshirt; sunshine; sun shower
T: thaw; tulip
V: vernal equinox; vest
W: warm; watering can; wheelbarrow; wind; windbreaker; windy; woodpecker; worm
Y: yellow anemone
Are there any other spring-related words that you would add to this list? I’d love to hear!