Leonardo da Vinci

Welcome to my very first post.

For the next three weeks, we will be looking at fun ways to teach simple machines

with art history themes.

Possible Classroom Concepts: Science – Simple Machines

Possible Art Concepts: Art History – Leonado da Vinci

Drawing, Sculpture, Sketchbooks

Mona_Lisa,_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci,_from_C2RMF_retouched

Leonardo da Vinci is most famous for painting the Mona Lisa, but there are many other facets to this

complex man. Let’s just say that if the IQ test had existed in Leonardo’s time,

he’d have ranked right up

there with Einstein. We know so much about da Vinci

because he left behind many hand written books filled with notes and sketches.

For today’s purpose, we will delve into some other facets of da Vinci’s talents.

We will look at da Vinci as an engineer and inventor. In his sketchbooks,

he drew plans for machines and military equipment.

220px-Leonardo_tank

120px-Leonardo_da_Vinci_helicopter

Delve further into da Vinci’s inventions and some information about simple machines at this interactive website:  http://legacy.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/LeosMysteriousmachinery.html

Look at these websites for some simple machines kids can make:

Racers:

http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2011/05/building-balloon-powered-racers.html

Catapults:

http://4hbakerco.blogspot.com/2011/01/craft-stick-creativity.html

http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2013/05/31/easy-marshmallow-catapults-summer-fun-for-kids.html

http://frugalfun4boys.com/2010/08/16/marshmallow-catapult/

http://thehelpfulartteacher.blogspot.ca/2012/02/medieval-castles.html

Helicopters:

http://browndog.com/helicop.html

http://davinciswings.blogspot.com/2010/04/4th-grade-flying-machines-inspired-by.html

http://www.howweelearn.com/flying-egg-carton-helicopter/

Rockets:

http://www.whimsy-love.com/2012/06/summer-diary-day-15-paper-rockets.html

http://discoverexplorelearn.com/balloon-rockets/ 

Robots:

http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/real-robots.html

Planes:

http://www.damncoolpictures.com/2011/03/how-to-build-cool-paper-planes.html

http://creativewithkids.com/how-to-make-the-best-paper-airplane/

Related Books:

Leonardo da Vinci By Ibi Lepscky

Leonardo da Vinci By A.& M. Provensen

While investigating information for my next blog, I discovered a homeschool site  entitled, BRAIN POWER BOY. Check out this school unit for Leonardo da Vinci:

http://brainpowerboy.com/leonardo-da-vinci-resource-guide/

Perfect! Great for encouraging girl’s interest in the sciences too!

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