Week 3: Glowing Bugs
Have you ever stayed up just a little late, looked out your window, and seen fireflies blinking in your backyard? Doesn’t it seem like magic that they can make light inside their bodies? It’s kind of an amazing process! This week, we’ll learn a little about how fireflies get their behinds to blink like that and some other creatures that do the same. Then in our activity, you’ll be able to use your bug net and bug box to catch and closely examine fireflies or any other bugs in your backyard in you might find!
Big Word: Bioluminescence
Is it really fire that lights up a firefly?!
What’s with all that blinking?
What are some other insects that glow?
Backyard Activity: Catch a Firefly (or other bug) & sketch it in your field journal
If it’s too hard to stay up late to catch fireflies, use your bug net to catch other bugs. Swish it through the grass, bushes, or brush, and see what you find in the bottom. Draw pictures of what you find in your field journal!
(Field journal insect sketches by Steve Loya)
Story for Bigger Kids: Fireflies by Roberto Aliaga
Story for Littler Kids: It’s a Firefly Night by Dianne Ochiltree
Craft: Light up Fireflies
This video gives you instructions on how to make a light up firefly with the supplies provided. The only different is that you’ll want to use the gluestick you got in week one to attach the wings, and the eyes have peel off stickers on the back so you don’t have to glue them!