Giant Summer Vocabulary List for ESL and ELD Classes, 140+ Words and Phrases

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
August

backpacking

barbeque

barefoot

boat

breeze

camp, campground, camp site

cool off

corn on the cob

dog days of summer

driving

fan

fireworks

fish, fishing, fishing pole, fishing boat

flip flops
flowers
Fourth of July
Frisbee

fresh produce, fresh fruits and vegetables

garden, gardening, gardening tools, gardener

grass

grill

hamburgers

heat

heat wave
hiking, hiking trail, hiker
holiday
hot

ice cream, ice cream truck

Independence Day

jet ski

journey
July
July fourth
June

lake

lemonade

lightning

Memorial Day

ocean
outdoors
outings
outside

park
picnic, picnic basket, picnic blanket
play

playground
popsicle

pool

popsicle

recreation
relax
rest
rose

road trip

sandals
sandcastle
sea

shade

shade tree
seashore
season
shorts
showers
summer
sun, sunny, sunshine

steaks
baseball, baseball diamond
bathing suit
beach
berries
bikini

sunburn
sundress
sunflower
sunhat
sunscreen
swim
swimsuit

surf, surf board, surfer

tan

tank top
thunder
thunderstorm

towel
travel
trip
swim trunks

t-shirt

vacation
visit

vegetable garden

wake board

watermelon
water park, waterslide park
waterski

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

Word Categories

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

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?

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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