Firefly Unit Study

You know it’s finally summer when you see fireflies start to light up the night. Every year, my kids (no matter how old) still try to catch them, always being careful and letting them go again.

Here are a few fun facts about fireflies:

  • Fireflies are actually beetles.
  • There are about 2,000 species of fireflies.
  • Each species has a unique flash pattern.
  • Fireflies only live for about two months.

If you’re looking for ways to keep your children learning through the summer, try a firefly unit study! Below are some resources you might include:

Picture Books

Ten Flashing Fireflies by Philemon Sturges

Goodnight Firefly by Gabriel Alborozo

Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe

Living Lights: Fireflies in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen (Nonfiction)


Easy Readers

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

Sam and the Firefly by P.D. Eastman

Fireflies in the Night by Judy Hawes (Non-fiction)

Fireflies by Meagan Bryant (Non-fiction Level 3 Reader)

Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe (Picture Book)



Be sure to look in the juvenile nonfiction section of your library. There you’ll probably find at least one book about fireflies. These books are usually hardback and full of great photos. Here are a few you can check for:

Fireflies by Mary Dunn

Fireflies by Margaret Hall

Fireflies by Sara Howell



Firefly (Lightning Bug) – National Geographic

“What Do Fireflies Eat” – Highlights for Children 

“Why Do Lightning Bugs Light Up?” – Discovery News 



Fireflies – Wild Kratts

Tennessee Fireflies – A Summertime Light Show 

The Science of Summer: Firefly Magic (National Geographic)


Online Game

Firefly Flash Game – Wild Kratts



Pop Bottle Firefly 

Firefly Picture Using Bandaids

Fingerprint Fireflies in a Jar 

Easter Egg Fireflies



Firefly Worksheets 

Firefly Counting Sheets 

Firefly Coloring Page 


What are your families favorite firefly activites?

Photo by: Moyan Brenn

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