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Endangered Animals Scavenger Hunt & Digital Library Lesson


Grade Levels:
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, and 6th Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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This Endangered Animals Library Lesson is perfect for Earth day! Students will learn about different classifications of endangered animals, why they are endangered, and what we can do to help. Only one slide is for Earth Day, so it can be used year-round.

Please note: This library lesson is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! I cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.

Needed to open and editGoogle Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents
Also needed: For the scavenger hunt, students will need crayons, markers, or colored pencils to color the animal illustrations.

This lesson is editable in Google Slides and PowerPoint, and includes:

  • 62-slide lesson presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 25 slides are for the guided lesson and/or class discussion of Earth Day and introduction to five of the nine IUCN endangered animals classifications.
    • 33 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • Recommended Reads (1 page)
    • All 22 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list.
    • The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for high-quality, interesting books related to Earth Day and endangered animals.
  • Two (2) editable, differentiated scavenger hunts (3 pages)
    • Students “hunt” for images and information in the “scrolling slides” part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
    • Includes 2 scavenger hunts. One is images-only, and the other is images and text.
    • Answer key included.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for story time on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)
  • Elementary Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats, aligned to:
    • 2018 AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
    • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
    • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

25 Library Lesson / Class Discussion Slides include:

Part I is the whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire discussion, from start to finish. It’s a great introduction to endangered animal species, their classifications, why they are endangered, and what we can do to help.

  • 3 recommended library read-alouds. Each book has 1-2 video link recommendations to accompany the story.
  • Sign language sign — “earth” (how-to link)
  • April 22 is Earth Day (this is the only Earth Day slide in the presentation)
  • Definition of species
  • Brief descriptions of 5 classifications of endangered species: least-concern, vulnerable, endangered, critically-endangered, and extinct. Each group includes multiple species that belong in that group.
  • Real photos of several endangered animal species
  • A few threats to animals (pollution, habitat loss, poaching, pet trade) – other threats are listed in Part II
  • How can we help the animals?
  • Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
  • Checkout reminders slide — add your own reminders!
  • “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.

33 Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

The second part is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts. All images and information in the slides relate to endangered animals.

  • 5 “What am I?” slides (students guess which animal is in a partially-covered photo)
  • Facts, information, and photos of Plains bison, rhinos, Galapagos tortoises, Yangtze softshell river turtles, red-eared slider turtles, manatees, sea lions, waved albatrosses, and pangolins
  • 2 “Would-You-Rather” slides
  • 3 Trivia questions with answers (multiple choice)
  • Vocabulary words: poach and deforestation
  • This week’s birthdays
  • Weekly schedule and agenda
  • Checkout reminders (you add your own!)

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire – A.1. – A.2.
  • Include – A.3.
  • Explore – A.1. – A.2.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.8.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.8.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10.

Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) –
© Copyright 2019 Texas Education Agency.

  • TEKS LA.2.5.
  • TEKS LA.3.5.
  • TEKS LA.4.5.

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