Lions at Lunchtime

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Jack and Annie are whisked off to the vast plains of Africa, where they must solve Morgan le Fay's third magical riddle. But that's only the beginning! Once the riddle is solved, they still have to get past a pride of lions, a humongous herd of rampaging wildebeests, and one very hungry Masai warrior.
Curriculet Details
9 Questions
11 Annotations
2 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring character traits and literal versus figurative language, as well as annotations describing key vocabulary, animals facts and textual connections. Students will explore the themes of teamwork and animals of the African plains. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1 - Before Lunch

In Lions at Lunchtime, the eleventh book in Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series, Jack and Annie visit the plains of Africa, where they must solve Morgan le Fay's magical riddle. Before you read the book, think about what you already know about the African plains and the animals that live there. Have you read any other books in the Magic Tree House series?  
Jack and Annie solve riddles to help Morgan because they want to become ___________.  
The deer-like animal that leads Jack and Annie to Morgan is a Thomson's gazelle. Gazelles live in the African plains of Kenya and Tanzania. They eat grasses, shoots and leaves. Gazelles grow to be 20-43 inches tall at the shoulder and they can run as fast at 50 miles per hour. The video below shows a gazelle running.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2 - Jump, Beasts! Jump!

Why does Annie want to help the beasts migrate?  
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 

Chapter 3 - Disaster

Explain what Jack means when he writes that "all animals are connected."  

Chapter 4 - Mud Bath

As you read, think about the personality traits, feelings and actions of the characters in the story. The following video will explain how to identify character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is not an action Annie takes to help the African animals?  

Chapter 5 - Ha-Ha

When you read, it's important to pay attention to the illustrations because they help you understand what is happening in the story. Illustrations can also create a mood and highlight characters traits and settings. For example, study the illustration above. What do you notice about the setting of the African plains? How are Jack and Annie feeling? Did you learn anything new about hyenas from the picture?  
Quiz 1 

Chapter 6 - Spick-and-Span

How is Jack feeling when Annie doesn't concentrate on solving the riddle?  
When you try to figure out the meaning of a phrase that you read in the text, think about whether or not the meaning is literal or non-literal. For example, what does Annie mean when she says she is "spick and span"? The following video will explain how to distinguish between literal and non-literal or figurative language.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 7 - Hi, There

Maasai are tribal people who live on the border of Kenya and Tanzania in Africa. They move their homes from time to time to follow their cattle, which they use for food, clothing and to make shelter. They are a fierce warring tribe. The image below shows Masai tribes people. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is a honey guide an important bird?  
Have you ever seen or touched a honeycomb? The image below shows a honey guide bird on a honeycomb.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 8 - Yum

Study the illustration on the page. Describe the details about the setting, characters and mood that are revealed in the illustration.  
Have you noticed how each chapter in the story builds on the previous chapter and the chapter titles reveal clues about events that will take place in the chapter? For example, why is Chapter 8 titled "Yum"?  

Chapter 9 - Tiptoe

Which of the following sentences from the story contains an example of non-literal or figurative language?  
Lions are very social animals. They live in groups, called prides, of around 30 lions. A pride consists of up to three males, a dozen related females, and their cubs. The size of the pride is determined by the availability of food and water. If resources are scarce, the pride becomes smaller. Lion pride members keep track of one another by roaring. The image below shows a pride of lions.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 10 - After Lunch

Read the highlighted sentence. Explain what Annie means when she says the giraffe was the true honey on the trip.   
In the highlighted passage, Jack and Annie discuss their adventures in Africa. Think about all of the times teamwork and cooperation were evident throughout the story, not just for the human characters, but the animals had to work together and rely on each other as well. Can you recall a time when you had to work with others as a team to accomplish a task? Watch the following video about identifying a theme in literature and decide if teamwork and cooperation are themes in the story.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz 2