edHelper.com
Invertebrates
Oceans
Sea Fireflies



Sea Fireflies
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.15

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    bivalve, hotaru, sandworms, umi-hotaru, unrelated, backfire, finding, totally, synchronize, mini, series, emit, firefly, armor, rate, unwanted
     content words:    Second World War


Print Sea Fireflies
     Print Sea Fireflies  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)


Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)


Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML


Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity


Feedback on Sea Fireflies
     Leave your feedback on Sea Fireflies  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Sea Fireflies
By Vickie Chao
  

1     Fireflies are strange little insects. On warm summer nights, they fly around looking for mates. To "advertise" themselves, they send out light signals. At times, they even synchronize their flashes. The blinks brighten up the dark sky, making a lovely sight!
 
2     For sure, advertising for love is what makes fireflies famous. But it is not something only they can do. Under the sea, there is another kind of firefly that can perform the same trick. We call them sea fireflies. The Japanese call them umi-hotaru (umi means sea; hotaru means firefly).
 
3     Sea fireflies are tiny animals. They are totally unrelated to the fireflies on land in spite of their name. As a matter of fact, sea fireflies are not even insects, whereas fireflies are. Sea fireflies are crustaceans. Crustaceans are invertebrates. That means they do not have backbones. They have jointed legs and hard outer shells (exoskeletons) to protect their soft bodies. Most crustaceans live in water. Common examples include lobsters, shrimp, crabs, and clams. Clams, in many ways, resemble sea fireflies. Both of them have bivalve shells. Both of them are more or less oval shaped.

Paragraphs 4 to 7:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Invertebrates
             Invertebrates


Oceans
             Oceans



Animals
    Amphibians  
 
    Birds  
 
    Deserts  
 
    Fish  
 
    Freshwater  
 
    Grasslands  
 
    Insects  
 
 
    Invertebrates  
 
    Mammals  
 
    Oceans  
 
    Polar Regions  
 
    Rain Forest  
 
    Reptiles  
 


More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets


Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
Mazes
50 States
Education
Teaching

Monthly Themes
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Fractions
Place Value
Time and Calendar
Money
Earth Day
Solar System
Analogies
Nouns
Following Directions
Listening
Capitalization
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
Dinosaurs
All About Me

Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Multiplication
Division
Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Measurement
Decimals
Rounding
Order of Operations
Verbs
Community Helpers
Adjectives
Plants
Grammar
Addition and Subtraction
Contractions
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts





Copyright © 2013 edHelper