Innovators in Action!


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Innovators in Action: Leonardo da Vinci Gets a Do-Over ISBN 13: 978-0-9678020-6-0 Table of Contents Why I Wrote This Book 15 Prologue 17 Chapter 1: The Meeting 21 Chapter 2: The Adventure Begins 35 Chapter 3: The Awakening 43 Chapter 4: The Bicycle 49 Chapter 5: The Department Store 61 Chapter 6: The Afternoon 69 Chapter 7: The Plan 83 Chapter 8: The Airplane 87 Chapter 9: The New Challenge 101 Chapter 10: The Entertainer 111 Chapter 11: A Lesson Learned 127 Chapter 12: The University 137 Chapter 13: Back Home 155 Chapter 14: The Final Adventure 169 Who was the Real Leonardo da Vinci? 187 Continue Reading about Leonardo da Vinci 189 Glossary 193 Index 201

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Mark P. Friedlander, Jr. is an attorney in Fairfax, VA. An Air Force pilot in the Korean War, he loves studying technology, history and science. He has written extensively, for both adult and young adult audiences, on subjects ranging from Shakespeare to aviation history, contagious diseases to forensic science. He can be reached at


Teachers have a powerful new tool in this clever book. It beautifully blends one story across the entire curriculum. With non-stop action and fascinating content, students will be on the edge of their seats-making discoveries all along the way. Crossing the curriculum has never been so much fun! -- Sonya Smith, Science Coordinator, ATOMS2XP (Advancing Teachers of Middle School Science) and IMPACT2 (In-depth Mathematical Practices and Content Teacher Training), Miss. State, MS This book is a delight! We used it to meet our science requirements without a significant realignment of sequence or reduction of teaching time. What makes it truly special is the range of cross-curricular opportunities found in every chapter. It is a rare book that offers so much opportunity for cooperation across disciplines. -- Sue Garcia, Supervision-Curriculum Specialist, Retired Educator, Spicewood, TX Readers are treated to an intriguing view of history, mathematics, and science as these cross-century characters meet and exchange questions and explanations that help each other span a five century-long gap in knowledge. A fascinating and well-written story! -- Daniel J. Bisaccio, Director of Science Education, Brown University Friedlander has skillfully embedded academic concepts into this inventive and entertaining story. Through Leonardo's time travel and the middle schooler's teamwork, this book explores all disciplines. Kids will love the interweaving of fact and fiction! -- Mary Smigel, BSED/MSED, Elementary Education/Gifted Education, Montessori Academy of Lancaster Friedlander has devised a carefully woven, well-crafted story. Readers will surely wish they could join the American middle-schoolers who befriend a hapless and ever inquisitive Leonardo da Vinci when he inexplicably shows up in modern Italy on a mysterious search for a grand invention. Learning opportunities abound throughout this clever and imaginative journey. -- Robert Prezant, Ph.D., Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ This book skillfully combines history, science, technology, engineering and math. Learning about da Vinci's creative genius 500 years ago and watching as he struggles in the present is delightful and educational. He wonders if he would be considered as smart today, challenging students to understand context and compare medieval Italy with modern day America. Afresh and exciting way to engage kids, this book is the perfect tool to inspire learning! -- Pamela Breiberg, NBCT, Lead Science Teacher Emiliano Zapata Academy, Chicago, IL An American middle school group, touring Italy, comes upon a talented Renaissance reenactor who insists he is Leonardo da Vinci, back from the dead. His story becomes much more believable when he produces seemingly authentic gold florins from his pouch.As he encounters the tools of modern life-photographs, bicycles, zippers-detailed concepts and discoveries fuel the story. If you want to learn about the process of invention, savor history, imagine a better future, or just enjoy a good read, sit down and savor this delightful adventure! -- Mary Lou Blanchette Smith, Science Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, EASTCONN Educational Service Center, Hampton, CT Leonardo da Vinci is reincarnated to the 21st century where he aspires to discover an invention to benefit mankind. He is accompanied by three middle schoolers; the plot progresses quickly as they grow into adulthood. This book would be an appropriate choice for guided reading or a book club with a focus on STEM topics. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. -- Tess Reed, LMS, Ocean Lakes Elementary, Virginia Beach, Virginia School Library Connection, March/April 2015 As you can imagine, when Leonardo appears in Florence, Italy, in the year 2000, he has a lot of catching up to do! -- Editor's Choice Creative Play Retailer, March 2015 What a delightful and unique approach to a book! If your school is involved in Problem Based Learning and cross-content curriculum integration, you're in for an enjoyable, skillfully-done surprise. Kids will love reading and interacting with this story. Congratulations to Friedlander for his skillful blending of science, math, language arts, and history. This one's a winner! -- Anne Jolly, STEM Curriculum Writer and Consultant, Warrior, AL "I like that the book brings to life a historical figure that kids may not know much about. The premise of the story is an interesting one. My favorite thing is the accompanying teacher's guide. This is an incredible resource with so many suggested activities for each chapter. There are activities that include many curriculum areas and that include a variety of learning styles- auditory, visual, and hands on."This product is a reading book that incorporates history and science in regards to Leonardo da Vinci. It has a FREE downloadable teacher's guide to further expand on the concepts and put the lessons into action. Children learn critical thinking, comprehension, analysis, creativity, discussion, reading."Overall, I really like the way that the Science! Naturally books introduce kids to different academic concepts. And I love the accompanying teacher's guide. The book is a good one to share with kids - especially reading it aloud and using the teacher's guide."I think historical fiction books are a great way to learn history and science, my son loves to read and this is a great book for him! The FREE teacher's guide is a great bonus!" Academics' Choice Mark Friedlander's book is a clever read for students and teachers in a primarily middle school setting. In some cases, entry level high school students could tackle the book and carry ideas through to collaboration with classmates. Clever in design, the story covers all content areas of curriculum to the point at which students will be engrossed in learning and fascinated with content that they may neither appreciate nor truly understand.The book can assist students in how to collaborate on and discuss content areas and problems that are typically not engaging or presented in a way in which students can actually experience their connections. It is an easy read filled with deep opportunities for teachers to help students explore, just as the characters do in the story. Because the characters are comparing and contrasting situations throughout the entire story, students will be engaged. It will also give teachers multiple entry points into the discussion. This book is a fascinating way to introduce STEM into your classroom. -- Cassondra Zielinski, Mercer University Vol. 21, No. 2, September 2015, MATHEMATICS TEACHING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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