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This unit study includes lessons and activities based on the book Honey, Honey, Lion! by Jan Brett.

For as long as anyone can remember, the honeyguide bird and the African honey badger have been partners when it comes to honey:Honeyguide finds the honeycomb, Badger breaks it open, and they share the sweetness inside.

But this day, Badger keeps all the honey for himself. Foolish Badger!

In no time, Honeyguide leads Badger on a fast chase. Badger thinks it’s for honey; but Honeyguide has a surprise waiting for her greedy friend.

Thanks to Mary Machado for preparing this Honey, Honey, Lion! unit study.

Honey, Honey, Lion! Unit Study Lessons

Here is a sample of the lessons found in this Honey, Honey, Lion! unit study:

Geography: Botswana, Africa
The setting for Honey, Honey, Lion! is Botswana, Africa. Botswana is a landlocked country in southern Africa. Have student find Botswana on a map of Africa. What countries border Botswana? (Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia)

The colors on the flag are the same as those on the coat of arms. The blue represents water (the motto on the national coat of arms is PULA, meaning “let there be rain.” The white-black-white bands are for racial harmony of the people and are inspired by the coat of the zebra which is the national animal. 

African Savanna
The action of Honey, Honey, Lion! takes place on the savanna. A savanna (also spelled savannah) is a grassland ecosystem with scattered trees or shrubs. In savannas trees are small or widely spaced. Savannas are also characterized by seasonal water availability, with the majority of rainfall coming in one season of the year. The water collects in waterholes where native animals gather to drink. Look at the pictures of the natural setting in this book. Point out features that let you know it is a savanna. Find the page that shows the waterhole. Which animals besides Honeyguide and Badger are at the waterhole in the picture?

If desired, search online for a webcam at a waterhole. What animals do you see? Do you see any animals that were featured in the book?

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How to Get Started with the Honey, Honey, Lion! Unit Study

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Honey, Honey, Lion! unit study.

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Honey, Honey, Lion! by Jan Brett, or grab one from your local library.
  2. Print the Honey, Honey, Lion! unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Enjoy a week of book-based learning with your student.

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