speech and language teaching concepts for Fireflies! in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial
/ir/ medial



Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary


By Julie Brinckloe

A young boy is proud of having caught a jar full of fireflies, which seems to him like owning a piece of moonlight, but as the light begins to dim he realizes he must set the insects free or they will die.

This endearing Summer book can be used in speech therapy to target figurative language and inferencing. It is also great for analyzing the character in the story. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Fireflies! in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
figurative language
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (action)
verbs (mental state)


flickered, fireflies, cellar, polished, barefoot, moonlight, hundreds

Character Analysis:

The boy finds joy and excitement in the light of the fireflies. In the end, he experiences both sadness and happiness as he releases the fireflies.

Figurative Language:



verbs (present progressive)
verbs (action)
verbs (mental state)


How do you know the boy is excited about the fireflies?
How do the other children feel about catching fireflies?
Do you think the boy has caught a firefly before? How do you know?
How does the boy feel at the end of the story? Why?

If you are interested in seeing other Summer books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.