Earth Day Vocabulary List for ESL and ELD Classrooms

ESL and ELD students always appreciate learning vocabulary that they can see and use right away. They will see these Earth Day vocabulary words throughout the community, at stores, in advertisements, and on the news.

Not all of these vocabulary words need to be assigned for memorization, but having them all on one page provides a good reference for your students to keep in their notebooks.

Air

April

Atmosphere

Bag

Bottle

Can

Care

Compost

Conservation

Conserve

Earth Day

Ecology

Ecosystem

Endangered species

Environment

Environmental

Environmentalist

Extinct

Fossil fuels

Global warming

Go Green

Greenhouse emissions

Greenhouse gases

Habitat

Habitat

Landfill

Litter

Natural resource

Ocean

Ozone

Planet

Plant

Pollute

Pollution

Preserve

Protect

Recycle

Reduce

Renewable

Resource

Reuse

Save

Solar power

Sustainable

Tree hugger

Trees

Water

Wind power

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Give your students opportunities to use these Earth Day vocabulary words throughout the season in their writing assignments, conversation practice, and in exercises like the following:

Word Categories

Sort the Earth Day vocabulary words into categories such as: words associated with recycling, clean air, etc…

Fill In the Blank

As a vocabulary practice activity, write sentences that are missing a word and let your students use their list to determine what word best fills in the blank. Sample sentences using Easter vocabulary include:

Earth Day is usually in the month of _____.

“Reduce, ____, Recycle is a popular Earth Day slogan.

CLOZE Paragraphs

Cloze paragraphs are paragraphs with words and phrases missing that students fill in on their own. An example of a cloze paragraph using Earth Day vocabulary is:

To recycle, we collect ____, ____, and ____ and take them to the nearest recycling center. By recycling, we keep many items out of the ____.

Writing Assignments and Journal Activities

Give your students plenty of practice using their new words in the journals and other writing assignments. Some journal topics for Earth Day vocabulary include:

Do you think Earth Day is important? Why or why not?

Does your family recycle? Why or why not?

What is one thing you can do on Earth Day to help the planet.

Word Games

Crossword puzzles, word scrambles, and word searches are great practice. All of these games can be made online at DiscoverySchool.com by using their Puzzle Maker application.

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