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This is the culminating project following a unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor. Children will present on Leonardo da Vinci's works of art and inventions and then will enjoy an Italian meal together. Also included is our field trip for this unit. These lessons are geared toward 3rd-4th grade level children and their siblings. They were created by another creative teacher for a weekly homeschool co-op. Use these fun lessons with your family, class, or homeschool co-op group!
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Children will each select a famous work of art or an invention by Leonardo da Vinci. They will display a replica (painting, model, etc.) of the piece of art or invention while giving a 5 minute presentation on it.
Leonardo da Vinci Themed Meal
Following the presentations, have a Leonardo-themed meal. He did not write much about food, so we don't really know what he ate. Some claim he was a vegetarian. We do know he invented a convection meat roasting spit, so you can include rotisserie-style chicken with your meal.
For a Florentine Meal You Can Serve:
Antipasti (Hors d'oeuvres): Fettunta: Italian Bread slices and dipping oil with garlic and fresh herbs
Primi piatti (First course): Spaghetti alla carbonara
Zuppe e Minestre (Soup): Pasta e fagioli
Contorni (Side dish): Verdure grigliate: Grilled vegetables
Dolci e biscotti (Desserts): Tiramisu & Cenci Cookies
"Vino (Wine)": White grape juice
Leonardo's Florentine Meal - To see what we served at our Leonardo-themed meal, you can view the photos below. One photo is from schoolsliaison.org.uk & on
During this unit study we visited our local art museum. We did spend some time attempting to sketch the gardens using proper perspective.
Need Even More Activities? - There are many other great lessons on-line about Leonardo da Vinci. Here are a few that I found to be the most helpful.
Free Lapbooks Are Offered By:
Dynamic2moms - Free printable lapbook pages for a Renaissance-themed lapbook that includes Leonardo da Vinci. Costume ideas, information, and links to other helpful sites are also listed.
Homeschoolshare.com - Free printable lapbook pages and unit based on Jean Fritz's book, Leonardo's Horse
Practicalpages.wordpress.com - One printable lapbook page on Leonardo da Vinci as part of a larger lapbook focused on famous artists
Free Lessons Can Be Found At:
Diaryof1.com - Four days worth of hands-on lessons and information related to various aspects of Leonardo da Vinci's life and work
Mos.org - Geared toward a classroom setting, this lesson includes 5 hands-on activities, interactive games, and lots of background information for teachers
To find more good lesson plans and unit studies on Leonardo da Vinci, also check out:
http://www.loc.gov/loc/kidslc/LGpdfs/leo-teacher.pdf (6 pages of activities and information)
http://www.amonco.org/montessori_italy.html (links to Montessori-style lessons on Italy, the Renaissance, and Leonardo da Vinci)
http://www.mediafire.com/?dtdzmowd5km (a free, downloadable unit study on Leonardo da Vinci)
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ArtMathMDDaVincisPolyhedraAndIntarsia3.htm (four day lesson on Leonardo da Vinci’s Polyhedra and Intarsia)
http://www.sciencenetlinks.org/lessons.php?BenchmarkID=11&DocID=345 (lesson on Leonardo's machines)
http://mathforum.com/alejandre/frisbie/math/leonardo.html (math lesson on Leonardo's Vitruvian Man)
Recreate and test out some of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions, begin an observation notebook, apply his art techniques as you study his art work, and more in this exciting 3 part unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor!
- Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist - Always been intrigued by Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile? Wondering about The Last Summer? This is part 1 of a 3 part hands-on unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor. This lesson will cover his work as an artist. Sculpt a horse, use watercolors to paint a bird, practice drawing using perspective, and more!
- Leonardo da Vinci: The Scientist - Did you know the artist who painted Mona Lisa was also an impressive scientist? This is part 2 of a 3 part hands-on unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor. This lesson will cover his work as a scientist. Build a working hydrometer and hygrometer, begin a nature journal, write notes in a secret code, and more!
- Leonardo da Vinci: The Inventor - An army tank? A parachute? A machine gun? A bicycle? All these and more were developed by the creative genius, Leonardo da Vinci, in the late 15th century! This is part 3 of a 3 part hands-on unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor. Join us as we recreate and test out Leonardo da Vinci's inventions including the ornithopter, parachute, and trebuchet!
- Leonardo da Vinci Presentations, Meal, & Field Trip - This is the culminating project following a 3 part unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor. Children will present on Leonardo da Vinci's works of art and inventions and then will enjoy an Italian meal together. Also included are the field trips we attended while studying this unit.
- Fun, FREE Hands-on Unit Studies - Looking for all of my lessons and unit studies? Over the years I have posted over 30 science and social-studies based unit studies, compromised of more than 140 lessons. For each lesson I have included activities (with photos), our favorite books and YouTube video clips, lapbook links, and other resources. I posted links to all of my unit studies and lessons at the above link.
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Shannon (author) from Florida on July 05, 2012:
@Melissa Miotke: Thank you!
Melissa Miotke from Arizona on July 05, 2012:
This is such a great idea!
Shannon (author) from Florida on June 28, 2012:
@PMChamp: Thank you! It was certainly enjoyed by all!
PMChamp on June 28, 2012:
Nice to see a lens featuring Leonardo themed meal :)