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:
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)
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
What are your families favorite firefly activites?
Photo by: Moyan Brenn