#CelebrateWithDE – Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was an incredibly creative thinker, making him an inspiration for students interested in a variety of topics from physics to sculpture. Celebrate his birthday on April 15th by encouraging kids to dive into his theories, schematics, and inventions. We’ve selected some resources from Discovery Education to get you started, but you’ll find thousands of results with a simple search. Help your students narrow their searches according to their interests by showing them how to use the filter function in their accounts.


Grade Level Introductions

There is so much to study about da Vinci that an overview is especially useful. These videos provide good overviews for students at each grade level.
 
Art with Mati and Dada: da Vinci
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video

Mati and Dada travel to Italy to learn about the artistic techniques used by Leonardo da Vinci.
 
World History: The Modern Era: Achievements of Leonardo da Vinci
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, Video Segment

Leonardo da Vinci was the ultimate Renaissance man, highly skilled in a wide array of areas. He was a masterful painter, sculptor, designer, engineer, architect, urban planner, and astronomer. His work continues to influence people today.
 
The High Renaissance: Part Two: Leonardo da Vinci
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 9-12, Video Segment

This video focuses on Leonardo da Vinci as a painter and how he used light and composition expertly. Features The Last Supper and The Mona Lisa.
 
The Great Age of Exploration: The Renaissance
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

As the Middle Ages ended, Europe experienced a great Renaissance, a period characterized by an increased interest in art, trade, geography, and invention.


Drawings by da Vinci

Encourage your students to study da Vinci’s drawings closely, as he studied the world around him.

Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Primary Source Document

 
Sketches of Flying Machines by Leonardo da Vinci
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Primary Source Document

 
Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Primary Source Document

 
The Movement of Birds, by Leonardo da Vinci
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 9-12, Primary Source Document


Engineering Series Selection

Doing da Vinci: Catapult
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 9-12, Full Video

An expert on Leonardo da Vinci guides a team of engineers, builders, and artists as they collaborate to bring da Vinci’s catapult design to life.


SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: Instagram-in
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy leverages a popular social media tool that focuses on imagery and prompts summarization and generalization through short comments and hashtags. Because da Vinci’s work is based in drawings, paintings, and art, students can use his images or create drawings and diagrams of their own for this activity. This strategy requires students to think critically about what images best represent their understanding and then create accompanying statements to communicate that understanding.

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