1-2-3 Come Compare With Me The Very Hungry Caterpillar With The Very Lonely Firefly
Besides The Very Hungry Caterpillar, another of my students’ favorite Eric Carle stories is The Very Lonely Firefly.
I do a big butterfly unit in April, and a sampling of other insects in May/June (fireflies, ladybugs & bumble bees).
With that in mind, I designed some activities for The Very Lonely Firefly, along with a few, which also give students an opportunity to compare “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” story to “The Very Lonely Firefly”.
There are 2 Venn diagrams, as well as 2 graphing extensions and a writing prompt for this specific comparison.
The B&W “The Very Lonely Firefly” Itty Bitty” booklet, is another way to practice these standards.
There’s also a “color me” bookmark, and colorful set of sequencing cards, which can be used in an independent center, as well as for Memory Match and “I Have; Who Has?” games.
The packet also includes several worksheets, one you can use as a whole-group assessment of the story, while reviewing ordinal numbers too.
There's also a graphic organizer for “beginning-middle-end”, plus pocket chart cards for story elements.
Since my "story sliders" continue to be really popular, I’ve also included 2 firefly “slider” craftivities, which will help reinforce the sequence of The Very Lonely Firefly, as well as the ability to retell the story.
The "whole-picture" slider, is perfect for little ones as they simply color the pictures, while the "color, cut & glue" version is great for fine motor scissor practice, which helps strengthen those finger and hand muscles.
As you can see by the photograph, there are 4 options for making the head of the firefly.
For that finishing touch, add some gold pipe cleaner antennae. Wiggle eyes give it that 3D pop too.
Younger kiddos can simply make the craft, while older students can "hinge" the golf ball to make a writing prompt card, explaining why they think their dad is "tee-rrific".
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Time to go water my garden and take my poodle pup Chloe for a walk. Wishing you a wonderful day.
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."-Jim Valvano
1-2-3 Come Do Some Super-Fun Firefly Activities With Me
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.
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