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Spring Words- Spring Vocabulary ESL Lesson
An opener for the spring theme in the ESL classroom

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Spring Words- Spring Vocabulary ESL Lesson
An opener for the spring theme in the ESL classroom

Spring Vocabulary List

This is an introduction to common Spring vocabulary for ESL students. The following represents some vocabulary words and symbols which are commonly used in Spring.

Spring: Spring is the season which happens after winter and before summer. The first day of spring is usually on March 20 or March 21 each year. Spring is when the mild weather starts to arrive, and new life starts to show.

Spring forward: In most of North America we have to adjust our clocks one hour forward in the spring because that is when “daylight savings time” begins. We remember to set the time one hour ahead in the spring by the little saying “Spring forward”. In the Fall season we say “Fall back” because we set the time one hour back when “daylight savings time” ends, and “standard time” begins.

April showers bring May flowers: This is an old saying which really describes the spring season. Traditionally there is a lot of rain during the month of April, which results in a lot of pretty flowers blossoming in the month of May.

Mayflowers: a mayflower is a special flower which blossoms in the spring season.

Bud: a bud is the beginning of a leaf which appears on a tree in the spring. A bud turns into a leaf.

Blossom: a blossom is the beginning of a flower which appears in the spring. A blossom will turn into a flower.

Spring fever: this phrase can have several meanings. One meaning is that it refers to the mood of excitement and energy in the fresh, clean spring. This refers to the fresh life and energy which is appearing all around us, as the snow melts, new fresh flowers blossom and leafs bud, the smell of nature in the air.

Daisy: a daisy is a type of flower which is commonly associated with spring and Easter.

Showers: showers are very intense downpours of rain which usually last a short time. However, they can be frequent, especially during the spring and sometimes in the summer. A sun-shower is when it is raining, but it is also sunny at the same time.

Thaw / melt: when ice is left outside it turns into water. This means that the ice has thawed, or the ice has melted. In the spring, when the temperature warms up, the snow melts, or thaws. Sometimes you will hear people refer to the season as “the spring thaw”.

Rainboots: these are boots which you see lots of people wearing in the spring, especially children. This is because it rains a lot in the spring.

Spring Break / March Break: Spring break usually refers to the college or university study break in late February. School children and high school students usually have a march Break however. This is simply a one week holiday from school normally. Some schools or universities call it a “reading week”.

Hatch: in the spring lots of new life hatches and comes to life. You see butterflies hatch. Birds also hatch from eggs.

Easter: Easter is a holiday celebrated in the early spring. Although it has its roots in Christianity, it also has non-religious ceremonies and celebrations attached to it.

Butterfly: a small pretty flying insect. It is a graceful and beautiful symbol of spring.

Fresh: the opposite of old. Fresh is new life, clean and young.

Spring Cleaning: In the spring, after a long winter, when the snow melts and it gets warm people like to clean their house because it feels like the right time of the year to do it. It has the feeling of freshness which is appropriate in the springtime.

Saint Patrick’s Day / St. Patrick’s day: this is a holiday celebration of St. Patrick. There is a famous saying that “Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s day”. Also known as Saint Paddy’s day. This is an Irish holiday which is associated with symbols such as leprechauns, clovers and wearing green clothes. This holiday happens every year on March 17 (which is technically still winter, but it is associated as an early spring season celebration). Saint Patrick is known as the champion of Irish Christianity. He also used a 3 leaf clover, known as a “shamrock” in his teachings.