Summer Words from A to Z

Summer started last week, and it’s really feeling like it! Yesterday, in her bathing suit and lathered up in sunblock, my toddler and I  enjoyed some watermelon on the deck while splashing around at her water table. My 5 month old son, shaded by his sun hat, happily bounced in his bouncer, intently watching our every move.

This post is focused on a compilation of summer 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Choose a few nouns from the list and ask students to use as many adjectives as they can to describe each noun.
  3. Pick 8-10 words and ask students to write a short summer story that includes those words.Alternatively, students can write a descriptive sentence for each word.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Ask student to sort various words into different categories: adjectives, nouns, verbs, weather, activities, clothing, animals, etc…

A: adventure; air conditioning; amusement park; anchor; August

B: barbecue; barefoot; bathing suit; beach; bee; bicycles; birds; blistering; blueberries; boardwalk; boating; boats; bonfire; bucket; buoy; butterfly

C: campfire; camping; canoe; cap; capris; carnival; cooler; coverup

D: dew; diving; diving board; dragonfly

E: explore; enjoy

F: fair; farm; fireworks; flashlight; flip flops; floats; flowers; Frisbee; fruit;

G: garden; gardening; goggles; golf; grass; grasshopper

H: hat; heat; hike; hoe; hot; humid; hummingbird

I: ice cream; iced tea; Independence Day; insects

J: July; jump rope; June

K: kayak; kick board

L: Labor Day; lake; lawn; lawnmower; lemonade; life jacket; lifeguard; life vest; lightenings

M: mosquito; mower; muggy

N: nap; nest; nostalgic

O: oar

P: paddle; paddle board; pail; peaches; picnic; plums pool; popsicles; postcard

Q: quench

R: raft; rash guard; raspberries; rays; reading; repellent; roller blades

S: sailing; sand; sandals; sandcastle; sandpiper; scorching; seagull; seashells; September; shade; shorts; shovel; sleep away comp; sleeping bag; s’mores; spade; starfish; stargazing; string; strawberries; summertime; sunblock; sunburn; sundress; sunflower; sunhat; sunny sun rays; sunscreen; sunshine; sunshower; suntan; surf; surfboard; sweltering; swim cap; swimsuit; swimming

T: t-shirt; tank top; tennis; tent; thunder; thunderstorm; tomatoes; towel; travel

U: umbrella; underwater

V: vacation; vegetable garden

W:  wading; wasp; water; water bottle; water slide; watermelon waves; wildflowers; wheelbarrow;

X: eXplore

Y: yacht;

Z: zap; zinc oxide

Are there any other summer-related words that you would add to this list? I’d love to hear!

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