Leonardo Da Vinci

Directions: Underline the words in the story as you find them, unscramble them and write them in the boxes below. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in a small village called Vinci in the country of Italy. He was raised by his grandparents and even as a boy showed signs of genius. He could work hard mathematics problems and was a very good artist. When Leonardo left Milan he went back to Florence. It was here he painted the portrait of the wife of a merchant named Giocondo. It is called La Giocando, or Mona Lisa. Numerous words have been written about the painting and it remains one of the most recognizable paintings in the world. He was a musician who invented musical instruments. He would compose, then play and sing his own songs. Probably of greater importance than his paintings are the contributions Leonardo made in the areas of engineering and architecture. Leonardo kept books of sketches he made. He studied human anatomy and drew sketches of the body. He had ideas for inventions that would not be developed for hundreds of years. He had an idea for a flying machine, a propeller, and for weapons of war. He designed and built bridges, canals and locks to carry water and move ships. He could write with both his right and left hands. We say such a person is ambidextrous. He wrote his notes backwards with his left hand and read them in a mirror. Today you could find nearly 7,000 pages of his notes which still exist.

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Puzzle courtesy Patsy Stevens http://gardenofpraise.com