ESL and EL students always appreciate learning vocabulary that they can see and use right away. They will see these summer vocabulary words throughout the community, at stores, in advertisements, and on holiday cards.
Not all of these vocabulary words need to be assigned for memorization at once, but having them all on one page provides a good reference for your students to keep in their notebooks.
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air conditioner, air conditioning
camp, campground, camp site
corn on the cob
dog days of summer
fish, fishing, fishing pole, fishing boat
Fourth of July
fresh produce, fresh fruits and vegetables
garden, gardening, gardening tools, gardener
hiking, hiking trail, hiker
ice cream, ice cream truck
picnic, picnic basket, picnic blanket
sun, sunny, sunshine
baseball, baseball diamond
surf, surf board, surfer
water park, waterslide park
Give your students opportunities to use these summer vocabulary words throughout the season in their writing assignments, conversation practice, and in exercises like these:
Sort the summer vocabulary words into categories such as: weather words, words associated with water, foods associated with summer, and other categories you or your students think of.
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 summer vocabulary include:
The _____ plants a variety of vegetables to harvest in the summer.
Don’t forget your ____ when you go to the pool..
Cloze paragraphs are paragraphs with words and phrases missing that students fill in on their own. An example of a cloze paragraph using summer vocabulary is:
Summer weather is often _____ and _____. It is a perfect time to cool off with a swim in a _____. It is also a perfect time to eat a cold _____ _____.
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 fall vocabulary include:
What is your favorite part of summer?
What summer activities are happening in your community?
What is your least favorite part about summer?
What is your favorite summer holiday and why?
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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