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Personalized tests – Year three: Italian, History, Geography

In basic, facilitated and simplified versions

Product: Book

Trim size in cm: 21x29,7

Pages: 256

ISBN: 978-88-590-1066-1

Publication date: 01/03/2016

Suitable for: Primary 2nd level (ages 8-10)


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The PERSONALISED TESTS series of books offers primary school teachers specific material for assessing pupils, amongst which, tests on main subject content and tests for assessing  competences applied to real-life contexts. It also provides effective strategies for creating personalisable assessment methodologies.

Each test is offered in three versions of varying levels of complexity to allow pupils to best demonstrate what they have actually learnt.

Basic test
Exhaustive and designed for the whole class, it contains all the basic elements for subsequent facilitation and simplification

Facilitated test
With examples or visual aids which facilitate the test without reducing its level of difficulty (overall), for pupils with vulnerabilities or SLD  (law 170/10)

Simplified test
With an overall reduction of the test and with simplified lexis, for pupils with more severe cognitive difficulties  (law 104/92)

Competence assessment tests, which are provided as individual or cooperative learning tests, are structured on activities which are mainly interdisciplinary and are based on the following real-life tasks:
– Inside words
– In other people’s shoes
– Detectives in action
– A prehistoric game
– Like GPS
– A day in the life of an archaeologist


ITALIAN - ANTHOLOGY
– Understanding a non-continuous text
– Understanding a realistic story
– Producing a story (beginning, development, end)
– Fairytales
– Fables
– Myths
– The basic elements of a poetical text
– Descriptive texts and widening of lexis
ITALIAN - GRAMMAR
– Spelling difficulties
– Synonyms and antonyms
– Nouns: gender, number, common or proper, concrete or abstract
– Nouns: primitive, derivative, altered
– Nouns: compound and collective
– Articles and qualifying adjectives
– Simple and articulated prepositions
– Verbs: conjugations and inflections
– Verb tenses
– Logical analysis: subject, predicate and expansions
HISTORY
– Time, sources and history
– The origins of the Earth
– The origins of Man
– The Palaeolithic Age
– The Neolithic Age
– The metals age
GEOGRAPHY
– Transformations
– Types of maps
– Finding your way around with and without maps
– The structure of the Earth
– Mountains and hills
– Plains
– Lakes and rivers
– The sea and the coast



Personalised tests… for a truly inclusive school

 

A good class isn't a military regiment marching to the same beat, but an orchestra working on the same symphony.
The now famous quote by the French writer Daniel Pennac does not only refer to the complexity of going to school and the variety of approaches pupils take, but also the path to follow.


 

Pennac suggests working through competences, in a personalised way, as is proposed in the Personalised Tests series, which contains specific material for assessing primary school pupils, amongst which, tests on main subject content and tests for assessing competences applied to every-day real-life contexts.

THE THREE LEVELS OF TEST

Each test, comprising a double page spread, is offered at three levels: basic test, facilitated test and simplified test, which are differentiated by a different icon on the test.


 

Basic

Facilitated

Simplified

Basic test

With all elements of complexity.

Facilitated test

The complexity of the cognitive task is the same. Reminders or models to copy are provided.

Simplified test

The complexity of the cognitive task is reduced. Fewer items for each exercise are given.

Here is an example of how the same exercise is given for the three levels

Basic test

The complexity of the cognitive task is reduced. Fewer items for each exercise are given.

Facilitated test

The complexity of the cognitive task is reduced. Fewer items for each exercise are given.

Simplified test

The complexity of the cognitive task is reduced. Fewer items for each exercise are given.

COMPETENCE ASSESSMENT

Each book also has competence assessment tests based on real-life tasks. The tests can be done individually or in pairs, in line with the cooperative learning methodology.

Each real-life test, given on three pages, comprises initial self-assessment of the pupil's emotional state and final self-assessment according to their success in the test, alongside the teacher's assessment.

Here are the real-life tasks on which the competence assessment tests contained in the four books are based on:

YEAR ONE

- Plan a game
- Give directions
- Organize a party
- Bake a cake
- Organize a visit
- Plan an investigation

YEAR TWO

- Understand words
- Manage a game
- Plan a reminder
- Review a cartoon
- Manage the school plan
- Make a little book
- Plan a treasure hunt
- Understand a narrative text

YEAR THREE: ITALIAN, HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY

- Inside words
- In other people’s shoes
- Detectives in action
- A prehistoric game
- Like GPS
- A day in the life of an archaeologist

YEAR THREE: MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE

- Animal investigations
- Chocolate roll
- Everyone at the bookshop
- In the «Thousand experiments» lab.

YEAR FOUR: ITALIAN, HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY

- Organising information
- Rebuilding an ancient game
- Presenting content
- Making a leaflet

YEAR FOUR: MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE

- Understanding and following a recipe
- Drafting an information leaflet
- Conducting a statistical survey
- Attributing economic value to an object
- Planning environmental awareness activities

YEAR FIVE: ITALIAN, HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY

- Organising information
- Rebuilding an ancient game
- Presenting content
- Making a leaflet

YEAR FIVE: MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE

- Understanding and following a recipe
- Drafting an information leaflet
- Conducting a statistical survey
- Attributing economic value to an object
- Planning environmental awareness activities