Night Creatures – Glow Worms

Lesson Summary:

The lesson introduces the children to the glow worm as a creature of the night.  It contains a number of facts about glow worms and, besides being a resource for the teacher, the reading can be used as part of a class discussion or as an exercise in paired reading.  Activity A reinforces the facts learned in the lesson while Activity B gives the children the opportunity to use the facts creatively in their own poems.


  • The children will be able to describe the characteristics of a glow worm.

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Lesson Excerpt:

Glow worms are not really worms at all.  They belong to a family of insects called Phengodidae which are beetles.  Phengodidae are found in both North and South America.  On the right hand side of this reading is a picture of the male glow worm in the adult stage of metamorphosis.  As you can see, he has a very handsome pair of antennae which look something like feathers.  He uses these to find the female.

The adult female glow worm just looks like a larger version of the larva stage. This is known as larviform.  In fact, the only real difference between her and the larva is that she is bigger and can lay eggs.  Here is a picture of the female glow worm:

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