Endangered Animals Library Lesson - Earth Day


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.

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  • Recommended for: Grades K-6
  • Number of pages: 66
  • Editable: Yes, all text is editable
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, and PDF
  • Duration: 1-2 class periods (45 minutes each)

***Please note that 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.


  • 59 PPT + Google™ Slides
  • List of 22 recommended endangered animal read-alouds (1 page PDF — print and give to students, teachers, and parents)
  • Two scavenger hunt activities, differentiated (2 page PDF and PPT)
  • Scavenger hunt answer key (1 page PDF and PPT)
  • Detailed, pre-filled, editable lesson plan; includes CC, TEKS, and AASL Standards (2 pages, PDF and PPT)
  • Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)


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.


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-Rathers”
  • 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!)


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