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Mona Lisa Quiz
- Who painted the Mona Lisa? Leonardo da Vinci
- What country did the painter live in? Italy
- What forms of art did Leonardo da Vinci like to work with? Painting, inventing and designing new technologies
- What are some modern inventions that people think Leonardo da Vinci originally designed? Parachute, helicopter, tank
- How many years did it take to paint the Mona Lisa? Four
- The king of which country purchased the Mona Lisa in 1508? France
- Which leader hung the Mona Lisa in his bedroom? Napoleon Bonaparte
- Which famous art museum in Paris houses the Mona Lisa now? The Louvre
- Who owns the Mona Lisa? The Government of France
- Who stole the Mona Lisa and hid it in his apartment for two years? A worker at the Louvre, Vincenzo Peruggia, who wanted to take it back to Italy
Mona Lisa Activities
- Find a picture of the Mona Lisa on the internet. Who do you think the painting is of? A rich Italian woman? Leonardo da Vinci dressed as a woman?
- Draw or paint a copy of the Mona Lisa. Imagine you are Leonardo da Vinci, or one of the many people who made copies of the painting.
- Leonardo da Vinci loved to sketch pictures of different inventions that he came up with. Try this yourself with a pencil and paper. What are some machines or inventions that you think people in the future could use?
- While you are drawing, search and listen to some classical Italian music. This may have been the type of music that the artist liked to listen to in his day.
- Some popular Italian foods include tomatoes, lemons, olives and olive oil. Search up a classic Italian recipe that kids can cook and make an Italian dinner for your family like Leonardo da Vinci might have eaten. (link: https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/collections/italian-recipes). Don’t forget to have an adult help you!
For Fall Break our family visited Lake Powell in Arizona and Utah. Lake Powell is a man-made lake created by the Glen Canyon Dam in the Colorado River. It is located nearby the Grand Canyon and is a popular destination for boaters and campers. Click here to listen to our past episode about the Grand Canyon.
Lance and Cleo are time-traveling agents for the Explorer Society. Follow them to Industrial Revolution London to help famous inventor James Watt recover his stolen steam engine plans.
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- When was the Great Wall of China built? Over 2,000 years ago.
- How long does the wall run? More than 13,000 miles across northern China
- Why was this wall built? To unify the new Chinese state and keep out northern invaders.
- Which emperor ordered the unified construction of the northern wall? Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the 3rd century B.C.
- What is the difference between farmers and nomadic people? Farmers stay largely in one place and grow their food; Nomadic people hunt animals and move with them as they move.
- Who was the biggest threat to the new Chinese kingdom when it was unified? The Mongolian people to the north.
- What was the Great Wall originally made of? Rammed earth and stones.
- Who was the leader of the Mongolian people when they attacked and conquered China? Genghis Khan
- Can the Great Wall be seen from space? Yes!
- What is the most famous stretch of the Great Wall that runs northwest of Beijing called? Badaling
- Print a map of Asia and color the area of China in red. Color the area of Mongolia north of China purple.
- On your map, draw a line where you think the Great Wall of China runs. Now look up a picture on the internet. See how close you were with your guess.
- Draw a picture of the Great Wall close up. Include a watch tower or a pagoda. What else could you add to help fortify, or strengthen, your defence of the wall?
- Tea – Legend has it that around 2737 B.C., a Chinese ruler was sitting in his garden. He had a pot of drinking water at his elbow. A leaf fell from a nearby tree and drifted into the pot of water. This inspired the creation of tea! Tea is a very popular drink in China. Together with an adult, make a pot of tea for your family. You will need boiling water, tea leaves, a teapot and strainer. Try some different flavors of tea. What is your favorite? Why do you think tea helped keep Chinese people and other tea drinkers healthy throughout history? [answer: boiling water is good for hygiene, killing bacteria]
- Food – In ancient China, people ate rice, soybeans, cucumbers, pork and chicken. Look up a recipe for a stir-fry using some of these ingredients. Together with a parent, try cooking a traditional Chinese meal for your family.