Antonio Calvani and Benedetto Zanaboni
Illustrations by Agnese Innocente
A new series made up of 5 comic style mysteries, one for each year of primary school, for strengthening logic and visuo-spatial skills. In each volume, the children will have to help Ms. Teresa get the clues and find the culprit by solving captivating and fun logical challenges!
The series Logic Mysteries – Ms. Teresa’s Investigations was created on the basis of a programme for the enhancement of logical intelligences – first of all visual, then followed by linguistic and numeric – which is the result of three years of research by the SApIE Association (Society for Learning and Education Informed by Evidence; www.sapie.it).
The comic-style series, which fits into the narrative context of the «mystery» genre, is composed of 5 volumes, one for each primary school class. Each volume presents a new plot and offers exercises of increasing difficulty. Year by year the «challenge» and the logical and visual components to be practiced become more demanding.
Designed to be used independently by children in an extracurricular context, the series can also be used in the classroom, through activities in pairs or small groups.
The series is adaptable worldwide and does not present any language obstacles.
Each volume contains:
THE VOLUMES IN THE SERIES
Ms. Teresa’s Investigations 1
KIDNAPPING AT RIALTO
It is a beautiful spring morning and the sun is shining on the Rialto market. All of a sudden, however, something disrupts the cheerful atmosphere: Mimì the poodle has disappeared… Has she escaped or was she kidnapped?
The first volume aims to provide an initial approach to logic through the recognition of visual components. The exercises are mainly based on models with missing shapes, encrypted texts, symmetries, matching pairs, ordering, completing missing items and identikits with visual features.
Ms. Teresa’s Investigations 2
THEFT AT THE PORT
A surprise visit for Aunt Teresa! Her cousin Gustavo has returned to Venice after a few months spent around the world on board his merchant ship. However, an unfortunate event ruins this happy reunion: someone has stolen a very precious piece of fabric from Gustavo’s ship … who was it?
The second volume aims to consolidate the basic logical-visual skills, enriching the level of logical complexity through the inferential activities involved. Exercises with tables and simple group theory, logical order and categorizations are introduced.
Ms. Teresa’s Investigations 3
A COUNTERFEIT AT THE MUSEUM
Graphic tools are used for describing and organizing reality. In relation to the child’s cognitive growth and the demands of the school curriculum, the third volume places more attention to spatial coordinates, reading maps and charts, graphic data processing: histograms, pie charts, numerical tables, timetables.
TO BE RELEASED IN 2020
Ms. Teresa’s Investigations 4
ROBBERY AT THE JEWELLERY STORE
Cognitive growth allows for logical thinking to reach levels of greater abstraction, detaching itself from the need for visual support. The fourth volume shifts the focus to higher-level logical processes with an emphasis on logical and numerical inferences, combinatorics, multiple set theory, the construction of tables and textual schemes, reading of ﬂow diagrams.
TO BE RELEASED IN 2020
Ms. Teresa’s Investigations 5
SABOTAGE ON THE SHIP
In relation to the curricular requirements, the fifth volume continues, with more complexity, the exercises from the previous volume. An additional emphasis is placed on more difficult subjects such as: logical equations, geometric and numerical problem solving, reading of complex graphs, proportions, logical syllogisms, probabilities and averages.
TO BE RELEASED IN 2020
Leaf through some selected pages from the 1st volume in the series that have been translated in English to facilitate your evaluation:
Leaf through some selected pages from the 2nd volume in the series that have been translated in English to facilitate your evaluation:
Antonio Calvani was a professor of Special Education and Pedagogy at the University of Florence. He is the author of numerous teaching and learning books. He is currently president of the SApIE Scientific Association and carries out research and information sessions in schools and with parents, with particular attention to the development of cognitive enhancement.
Benedetto Zanaboni is a graduate in Primary Education and Social Education. He worked for about ten years as a professional educator, dealing with disabilities and social problems. Currently he is a primary school teacher. He collaborates with the SApIE Scientific Association and the University of Florence, dealing with teaching, coding and education technologies.