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Endangered Animals Scavenger Hunt & 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 that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!

This lesson has 86 slides & pages, and includes:

  • 64-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 25 slides are whole class lesson slides.
    • 33 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • Two (2) editable, differentiated scavenger hunts (3 pages, PowerPoint and PDF)
    • Students “hunt” for images and information in the Part 2 scrolling slides part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
    • “Easier” version – Students color the objects as they find them.
    • “Harder” version – Students answer questions about the information in the slides, plus find smaller images.
    • Answer key is included.
  • List of 26 recommended books to accompany this lesson (1 page, PowerPoint and PDF)
    • The list is editable and great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for related books.
  • Detailed, pre-filled Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats (4 pages), aligned to:
    • AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
    • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
    • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
  • Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for scrolling slides (2 pages, PDF)

25 Lesson Slides:

Part 1 is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class 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.
  • ASL sign language for “earth” — includes video links and step-by-step directions for making the signs
  • 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 2
  • How can we help endangered 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 Scrolling Slides:

The second part is the scrolling slideshow. 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.

  • Vocabulary Words of the Week: “poach” and “deforestation”
  • 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)
  • This week’s birthdays
  • Weekly schedule and agenda
  • Checkout reminders (you add your own!)

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns the ebook(s), you could also share how to read or access ebooks through your online catalog or ebook management platform.

Standards Addressed:

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

  • Inquire – C.1. – D.3
  • Collaborate – D.1.
  • Explore – A.1. – C.1.

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.3.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.10.

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Grade Levels

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Lesson Plan Included?

Yes, with AASL Standards

Teaching Duration

1-2 class periods


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