Very Lonely Firefly Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
- The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
- laminated firefly illustrations (see Set Up)
- dry erase markers, one for each student
Set Up and Prepare
Using oaktag, make copies of the back of the book. (This is the illustration of assorted fireflies.) You will need as many copies as students you want participating. This works as a whole group activity, or as a math center for 4 to 6 students. Laminate the copies. Have some dry erase markers on hand, one per student.
Determine the number you want to concentrate on. Use a dry erase marker to circle groups of the number. For example, if you're concentrating on the number 3, circle groups of 3 fireflies. Use a paper towel to erase the circles and try to create a few new combinations. Have students try on their own.
Shrink the copy so that you have a paper with even more fireflies. This will allow you to extend the activity, or concentrate on larger numbers. Make copies on paper. Students can use these and bring them home.