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Jack and Annie travel to Italy in the Renaissance, a time when every new morning brought with it the promise of artistic and scientific wonder. There, they meet none other than Leonardo da Vinci. This edition includes all-new back matter full of activities. Illustrations.
Curriculet Details
33 Questions
24 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 4th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining fantasy, setting and sequencing. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about Leonardo da Vinci and life during the Renaissance period. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of friendship, enduring hardships, and defining happiness. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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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? 
Watch this short video about the genre of fantasy. After reading the prologue, how do you know that the story you are going to read is a fantasy?  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 1 - Old Friends

Why is Jack's stomach feeling fluttery? 
Who will finding the the secret of happiness help? 
Florence is a city in Italy that played a very important role in Da Vinci's life. The town may have looked like this during his lifetime. (This annotation contains an image)
What do you know about Leonardo da Vinci?  
A unicorn, shown in this picture, is a legendary creature much like a horse but with one horn. The horn is supposed to have special power.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch this short video about setting. As the story continues, pay attention to the role of the setting. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2 - Looking for Leonardo

Jack is wearing an outfit like the one in this photograph. The clothing is very different from his usual outfit.  (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a modern photograph of Florence. The city is famous for art even today. (This annotation contains an image)
Leonardo is a botanist. This means he is a  scientist who studies  
This is a famous covered bridge is Florence.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think Leonardo goes to so many different places each morning? 
A blacksmith is a person who makes items out of metal. Watch this short video to see how much work is takes to make a horseshoe.  (This annotation contains a video)
"'Help the genius all day long, morning, noon, and afternoon, till the night bird sings its song.'"What do you think the rhyme means? 
What does Annie think the bird is saying? 
Jack is referring to the book of Leonardo that the kids received earlier in the story. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 3 - Ten Types of Noses

Leonardo has wished to be a  
How long does Leonardo say that Jack and Annie can be his apprentices? 
This is a modern market square with a cobblestone street. Can you imagine Jack and Annie walking along with Leonardo Da Vinci?  (This annotation contains an image)
Do you really think that fame is what makes Leonardo Da Vinci happy? Explain your answer. 
Why does Leonardo sketch the girl? 
What does Leonardo tell Jack and Annie he does when walking through the streets? 
Have you ever looked at a cloud and thought you saw an image? This cloud looks like a heart.  (This annotation contains an image)
Annie thinks like Leonardo, but Jack has difficulty understanding this kind of thinking. Even though Jack thinks differently, why does he like Leonardo's way of thinking? 
Watch this short video of bells playing from a cathedral and think about Jack's reaction. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapters 1-3 

Chapter 4 - Battle Scene

Why does Leonardo Da Vinci like to paint slowly? Use details from the story to explain your thoughts. 
Here is an image of a fortress. Jack and Annie are in a palace. Why does Jack think this place is designed for protection?  (This annotation contains an image)
What is the problem with the new paint Leonardo invented? 
The workers moved the two large iron pots up to the platform by 
This is a painting of a famous actress with the edges seeming to drip. Can you imagine how Leonardo feels seeing his work ruined?  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 5 - Knock, Knock

Edo is now known as Tokyo. 
Where does Leonardo go after leaving the ruined fresco? 
Leonardo's courtyard may look like this photograph. Can you imagine visiting a genius in his home? (This annotation contains an image)
Annie insists on seeing Leonardo to ___ him. 
How would you respond to Leonardo when he asks, "What good is fame in the face of failure?" 

Chapter 6 - Thousands of Ideas

This is a photograph of Michelangelo's statue Moses. Even though Moses is older, you can see that he has big muscles.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is Leonardo's explanation for not finishing things? 
Why does Leonardo write backward? 
Leonardo found fossils like the ones in this photograph.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does Jack know so much more than Leonardo? 
Watch this short video about Leonardo's life and his ideas about flying.  (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 4-6 

Chapter 7 - The Great Bird

Leonardo's notebooks include many ideas for flying. (This annotation contains an image)
How do Jack & Annie know that Leonardo's Great Bird will not work? Explain your answer. 
Using the details from the text, describe how Leonardo's Great Bird works. 
Why does Leonardo say his heart is broken? 
What does Annie promise Leonardo? 

Chapter 8 - Wings!

How does the Wand of Dianthus make Leonardo fly? 
Leonardo's cry shows his 
Leonardo sees something like the scene below as he flies over vineyards and farms.  (This annotation contains an image)
According to Leonardo, what was missing from his drawings of the flying machine? 

Chapter 9 - The Smile

Why does Leonardo say flying is not the key to happiness? 
Watch this short video about sequence. Think about the events that have occurred in the story that may help Leonardo find the secret to happiness.  (This annotation contains a video)
The Mona Lisa is one of Leonardo Da Vinci's most well-known paintings.  (This annotation contains an image)
How do Jack and Annie know it is time to leave? 

Chapter 10 - Questions

What promise did Leonardo keep? 
Thinking about Leonardo's secret to happiness, why is Jack not nervous about school? 
Chapters 7-10