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.
- 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 summer 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: 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; 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; 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;
Z: zap; zinc oxide
Are there any other summer-related words that you would add to this list? I’d love to hear!