ALEX Learning Activity


Endangered Animals: Part 1

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Lisa Wilson
System:Phenix City
School:Lakewood Elementary School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2823
Endangered Animals: Part 1
Digital Tool/Resource:
Endangered Animal Species - Animals for Kids - Educational Video
Web Address – URL:

Students will listen to a short YouTube video about endangered animal species and answer questions relating to the material. They will then summarize what they have learned using the $4.00 Summary attached. 

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 5
28. Use audio and/or visual sources of information to obtain the answer to a question.
Unpacked Content
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Audio sources
  • Visual sources
28. Students know:
  • Questions can be answered by utilizing information from audio or visual visual sources.
28. Students are able to:
  • Answer a question by using relevant information from an audio and/or visual source.
28. Students understand that:
  • Information can be obtained from a variety of sources.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 5
37. Write about research findings independently over short and/or extended periods of time.
Unpacked Content
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Research findings
  • Independently
  • Short periods of time
  • Extended periods of time
37. Students know:
  • Researching a topic begins by finding information from multiple sources.
  • Independent writing skills.
37. Students are able to:
  • Find information on a particular topic from a variety of research sources.
  • Independently write about research findings over short and extended periods of time.
37. Students understand that:
  • They can share information they have learned about a topic through writing.
  • Some writing projects will last a short time, while others may take longer to complete.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 5
38. Gather information on a topic or question, and share the results through various modes of writing, including projects and presentations.

a. Locate information in print and digital sources.

b. Summarize, quote, and paraphrase information in notes and finished work, providing a list of sources.

c. Integrate information from several texts on the same topic into presentations of research.
Unpacked Content
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Topic
  • Question
  • Results
  • Modes of writing
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Print
  • Digital
  • Summarize
  • Quote
  • Paraphrase
  • Notes
  • Finished work
  • List of sources
  • Integrate
  • Topic
  • Presentations of research
38. Students know:
  • Effective research skills.
  • Transferable writing skills applicable to many modes of writing.
  • Information can be found in both digital and print sources.
  • Summarizing is putting the main idea(s) of the source into their own words.
  • Quoting is using direct evidence from the source material.
  • Paraphrasing is condensing the original source by broadly explaining the content.
  • Summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing are important note taking skills, but they can also be used in formal writing pieces.
  • Credit must be attributed to the original creator of the work by including a list of sources.
  • Research presentations should include information that is incorporated from several sources.
38. Students are able to:
  • Research information from a variety of sources to explain a topic or answer a question.
  • Share information learned through research in various modes of writing, including projects and presentations.
  • Locate information in print and digital sources.
  • Summarize, quote, and paraphrase information in written notes and finished work.
  • Include a list of sources with written summaries and paraphrases.
  • Combine information from several texts on the same topic into one piece of work.
38. Students understand that:
  • They can share their research findings through multiple modes of writing, including presentations and projects.
  • An effective writer uses multiple sources of information, including print and digital sources.
  • Including a list of sources with their writing ensures they are giving the original creator credit for their work.
  • Effective research presentations include multiple sources of information that are integrated in one coherent project.
Learning Objectives:

Students will use audio sources to locate information on a topic to answer questions. 

Students will gather information on a topic and summarize the information found.

Students will write about research findings over an extended or short period of time. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

1. The teacher will present the YouTube video: Endangered Animal Species to the class. The teacher should have them listen for specific animals and why they are becoming endangered. 

2. Pass out the Endangered Animal Species video questions to each student. 

3. Play the video again for the students to listen to while answering questions. Also, share the video link with the students so they can re-watch it as many times as they need to in order to complete the questions. 

4. As each student completes their questions, have them bring them to you to look over. Be sure they have written in complete sentences, and answered the questions completely.

5. After checking over the questions/answers, give the students the $4.00 Summary attached. This will allow the students to summarize their information from the video. Go over the directions on the $4.00 Summary sheet with the students so they understand the expectations.

6. When all are finished, have them take turns presenting their $4.00 summaries. This can be done whole class, or with partners. 

Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will check the following: 

1. Make sure the Endangered Animal Species video questions are complete and correct using the information from the video. 

2. Read each student's $4.00 summary to be sure the summary matches the information found on the question/answer video sheet.

The summary must include: 

  • An example of an animal endangered.
  • Why are they endangered?
  • What is happening to their habitat?
  • How can humans help?

Advanced Preparation:

1. Teacher needs to view the YouTube video-Endangered Animal Species to be sure the link is working. 

2. Make copies of the Endangered Animal Species YouTube video questions.

3. Make copies of the $4.00 summary.



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  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: endangered animals, research, summary