Leonarda da Vinci Gets a Do-Over from Science, Naturally! (A Review)

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I've had the opportunity to review books from Science, Naturally! before, and I really like the concept of their fiction stories that introduce academic concepts- especially science and math concepts. A couple of years ago we read one of the One Minute Mysteries books that require math and science thinking to solve mysteries. You can read my review here. So I was glad to receive for review Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over, a kids' fiction book, for review.

Cross curricular story with a teacher's guide

Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over from Science, Naturally! is a book recommended for middle schoolers. The story is a fun one. The great artist and inventor, Leonard da Vinci, is brought back to life to complete a quest to better humankind. He meets up with three American middle schoolers who are on a class trip to Florence, Italy. The three end up helping Leonard- although they have trouble believing it's really him. And along the way they learn many academic lessons about science, math, history, art, and more.

I really like the premise of the Science, Naturally! books. They present a fiction story that ties in academic lessons throughout an entertaining story. Unfortunately, I sometimes think lessons are presented a little awkwardly and don't seem to flow with the story line. Still, the books are good read alouds because we can stop and discuss the mini lessons as we read them.

Cross curricular story with a teacher's guide

My favorite part of these books are the free teacher's guide downloads. At the Science, Naturally! website, you can download a teacher's guide for most of the books available. The Leonard da Vinci Gets a Do-Over guide is broken down to correspond with the book's chapters. And each chapter of the teacher's guide includes many, many cross curricular activities that teachers (or homeschool parents) can do with kids as they read the book. The guide also contains vocabulary lists for each chapter and discussion questions that cover the whole books. The last part of the teacher's guide contains ideas for hands on activities, projects, and science experiments that tie in with the concepts that the kids are learning in the book.

The great teacher's guide makes Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over a great resource to use with middle school aged students (and I think most upper elementary aged students as well). Despite the fact that story is a little choppy occasionally with academic lessons thrown in, I think the book is good read aloud. And the teacher's guide can turn the book into a spine for an entire unit study, You can find the book for purchase on the Science, Naturally! website here or on Amazon here.


Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and from Academics Choice Awards. I was given the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.




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