Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci introduces students to many wonderful facts about one of the greatest artists in the world. Students will learn just how influential the painter was and how his work included so much more than just art. They will discover many interesting things about his inventions, drawings, and life in general that may not be well known.

There are several good suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section on the classroom procedure page that you can consider adding to your lesson. You could, for instance, assign da Vinci’s paintings to the students to further research and later present to the class. Another suggestion is to have students create a timeline based on da Vinci’s life, accomplishments, paintings, major events, and so on.

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What our Leonardo da Vinci lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Leonardo da Vinci teaches students a lot of information about one of the most famous artists in the world’s history. Students will discover many facts about his life, what he has accomplished, and how he impacted the world of art and science. They will learn that he was very curious about science and enjoyed doing experiments and studies.

There are five pages of content that describe various aspects of da Vinci’s life and work. The lesson introduces da Vinci by talking about the Mona Lisa painting that is one of his most famous pieces. It details some of his early life and how he began painting. Students will discover so many wonderful facts about the artist and how his interests grew to include math, engineering, anatomy, and so much more.

Students will also discover that Leonardo da Vinci was an inventor. Along with art and science, he liked to invent new things. He devoted time to learning about machines and how they work and function. Students will see how this man applied the scientific method to all this studies.


The activity worksheet requires students to create their own “Mona Lisa” painting. The picture can be of any object or person. Students must include some sort of mystery in their picture in lieu of the famous and mysterious Mona Lisa smile. They can use a separate sheet of paper for a rough draft and then draw their final “painting” on the worksheet. Once they finish, they will have others try to find the mystery in their artwork.


There are two sections for the practice worksheet. For the first part, students will define or explain five different terms. The second section lists 15 dates or years. Students must describe what happened on or during those dates and times as related to da Vinci.


For the homework assignment, students have to answer 20 questions. The first 17 are regular questions. The final three are true or false questions.

Additional information


3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Biography, Social Studies

State Educational Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.3

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.