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Adrienne Jimerson

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Smoky Mountains Fireflies Field Trip

Every summer the Great Smoky Mountains holds a lottery for a special, limited viewing of their Elkmont firefly species, known to light up together all at the same time. This year, they are holding the event LIVE on YouTube, and you are invited! Use this clickable page to learn about fireflies in any order you wish. Fill out your name, where we went, and the date. Ask your teacher or use https://www.google.com/earth/ to calculate the distance you traveled virtually today from school to your destination, it on the blank. Choose how you will share and show what you learned today! to complete your activity. Tip: Mom & Dad can download and/or print your certificate from a computer at home by clicking the once it is posted to your journal. ~There are 19 species of fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The synchronous fireflies (the Elkmont fireflies) are the only species in America who can synchronize their light patterns, so it’s quite a sight! ~Fireflies glow to locate a mate. When you visit to see the Elkmont fireflies, you’re actually watching these lightning bugs in their annual mating ritual. The fireflies glow in the dark, each with a specific flashing pattern. ~Of course, the Elkmont fireflies have made their home in the forest of the Smoky Mountains!

1st Grade, 3rd Grade, 2nd Grade, Science
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Compatible with: Chromebooks, computers, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Android phones, Kindle Fire

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2020 was the first year the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service offered a live presentation of their annual Elkhorn Firefly event on YouTube. The video link will still work so you can use this virtual field trip anytime! I am not sure why the title text appears to be cutoff on the slide; when you click it, it does appear correctly. Here is a link to make a copy of the original Google Slide should you need to customize further for your students. Make sure when you are done with it you click File / Publish to Web / and copy/paste that link as a link into the Multimedia section of your Seesaw Activity. It also helps to paste it into the caption of the Seesaw link as well. https://bit.ly/SeesawFirefliesCopy