ESL Park Vocabulary

Instructor: Amanda Robb

Amanda holds a Masters in Science from Tufts Medical School in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. She has taught high school Biology and Physics for 8 years.

Going to the park can be a treat for any student. In this lesson, we'll go over some key vocabulary to help your students understand and talk about their trip to the park. We'll also include some activities you can use to help them learn the new vocabulary.

Talking About Parks

Parks are a common feature throughout all countries and cultures. Families from all over the world enjoy a day in the park together. Different countries might have different types of park and sights students might see. For example, in parts of Southeast Asia, giant lizards can be seen basking in the sun. Yet, these are rare sights in America. Here, you're more likely to see rabbits or deer, which many English language learners (ELLs) might not be familiar with.

You can help your students understand what a park looks like in our country and what to expect by teaching them new vocabulary. Once they have more vocabulary about parks, they will be able to explain their own trips to the park and share their adventures with friends and family.

Parks are a common part of all cultures

Park Vocabulary

If you've ever attempted to learn a new language, you know that vocabulary can be quite tricky. Sometimes, grouping different vocabulary words together into smaller sets can be helpful for students. Here are some common vocabulary words that you might need to describe a trip to the park.


  • Tree
  • Grass
  • Flower
  • Bush


  • Dog
  • Rabbit
  • Bird
  • Squirrel


  • Bench
  • Toilet
  • Playground
  • Path
  • Pond

Things to Do

  • Run
  • Walk
  • Play
  • Picnic

Vocabulary Activities

Now that you have some ideas for vocabulary for your students, it's time to start teaching. There are lots of vocabulary activities you can use in your classroom. Here, we'll give examples of how to both memorize the vocabulary words, and to use them in reading activities and in real life situations.

Picture Matching

One of the best ways to start learning new vocabulary is to match the word to pictures. Pictures are universal representations of things in our world. Pairing an image with a vocabulary word helps students relate the new word to concepts they already know.

You can give your students a worksheet with pictures that represent each new vocabulary word for picture matching. Using a word bank, students can match the word to the picture. This is especially useful for lower level ELLs, who don't have enough understanding to match vocabulary words with written definitions yet.

Sample picture matching worksheet for park vocabulary
picture matching

Card Sort

A card sort is similar to picture matching, but it is more tactile, which can be helpful for kinesthetic learners. Print out cards with pictures and a definition of the vocabulary word. Then, create separate cards with the vocabulary words. Give students the stack of cards and ask them to match the definition to the word. Now, students not only see the picture, but can also start experiencing matching the written definition to the vocabulary word.

Drawing Pictures

Although using your own pictures can be helpful at first, once students have a better understanding of what the new vocabulary words mean, they can start to create their own pictures. You can make a worksheet with each word and a small space nearby for students to draw their own representation of the word and write the definition in their own words. This helps them make connections to other meaningful experiences in their life, which will help them remember the vocabulary better.

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