## Firefly Fun: Science, Language Arts & Math Activities, Games & Crafts

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Fireflies are a special part of my wonderful childhood memories. Grama used to say that they are "nature's fireworks"

Studying them is a super-fun way to learn all sorts of science too, so with that in mind, I designed my newest packet: Firefly Fun.

I had such a great time researching and making firefly-themed goodies, that  a few simple ideas exploded into a 244-page firefly packet a zillion hours later!

It’s stuffed with a helping of science, language arts, and a bit of math thrown in as well.

The packet includes:

* 5 Life Cycle Craftivities which include “Flip for Facts”, Life Cycle Fan Booklet, Cycle Circle Puzzle, Life Cycle Wheel, plus Life Cycle Number Puzzles, which practice counting forwards, backwards, as well as skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.

All of these craftivities come in full color, so teachers can easily make a sample to share, plus black & white for students.

* 15 worksheets that practice a variety of skills and standards, includes answer keys, along with a variety of  Posters, plus  6 Poems.

* There's also a “Let’s Count Fireflies” keepsake fingerprint booklet, with  0-10 number & number word cards, plus a blank set to program more, as well as a set of math symbol cards for making equations and showing greater & less than.

* The “I Spy A Firefly” worksheet game is a super-fun way to whole group assess numbers 0-10, and the 60, firefly mini tiles on a page, can also be used math games showing groups/sets.

* The variety of colorful puzzles can be used for a center, while students can use the BW patterns to make their own.
* I've also included 10 real photographs of fireflies during their various stages of life; plus . . .

* Non fiction text about the life cycle of a firefly, with comprehension assessments and a list of interesting firefly facts.

* There are 26, (8x10) “Flash Me A Firefly Fact” posters you can use as flashcards or a bulletin board display, with blank patterns so students can write their own, plus a cover to make a class book.

* Use the upper & lowercase firefly alphabet cards, for a variety of games, like “Kaboom!”, which are explained in the 3-page tip list.

* A Firefly Slider Craftivity helps practice letters, numbers 0-30, counting backwards from 10-0 & 20-0, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s & 10s, as well as 2D shapes. For more math practice, I've included 4 graphing extensions.

* A “Rip & Tear” 3D firefly craftivity, is not only great fun, but will help strengthen your students hand and finger muscles.  Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board too.

* There are also a variety of Writing Prompts, along with “Blinky The Firefly” A silly -ight word family story

* Since “Fireflies flit, flicker and flutter” I've also included an FL blend poster, worksheet and alphabetical list of words.

* My Y5s and grandchildren loved making the magical “Night Wash” watercolor craftivity, which you can also do with your students' names.

* “Have You Seen A Firefly?” and “If I Were A Firefly” are quick, easy and fun writing prompts, with covers to make class books.

* While the “Help Save The Fireflies” (Cause & Effect or Persuasive) writing prompt is great for older kiddos.

One of my personal favorite crafts, is the jar filled with fingerprint fireflies.  We do this after reading the story 10 Flashing Fireflies, by Philemon Sturges.

For extra pizzazz cut the jar lids out of aluminum foil. The mommies of my Y5s especially loved this "You light up my life with love" keepsake craft.

I've included a bookmark with that sentiment that kiddos can also color.

* Finally, the ”Wishing a bright student a glowing year/summer” bookmarks are a quick & inexpensive little something you can give your students at the end or beginning of the year.

I attach a glow-in-the-dark bracelet as a special gift.  You can buy a pack of 10 at The Dollar Store.

To celebrate summer and all that parents and teachers do for children, I'm pricing this 244-page whopper at just \$6.95.  I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating this labor of love.  Click on the link to take a look: Firefly Fun.

Today's featured FREEBIE ("Orange You Glad ...") is an end or beginning of the year treat that you can give your students. Hope you find it useful.

Well that's it for today. TGIF and time for some super-fun in the sun.

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable rest of the school year as you count down the days.

"The roots of education are sometimes bitter, but the fruit is sweet." -Aristotle