In our primary school “Benedetta Cambiagio” in Italy we tested children’s reading comprehension skills first in September 2015, then in May 2016.
In Italy,each year in May, we make the Invalsi test about Literacy and Math,The test is developed for Italian pupils and it is used nationally… but we added the new test for our Erasmus Project, all the levels from 2nd to 5th.
We selected five students for each class to our evaluation. Age of the children was 8-10.
Test consisted in different aims: oral expression, syntactic processing, reading comprehension, written expression, number of books they read in a month, at last we have examined the achieved results.
In the first evaluation of September 2015 and in May 2016 we had some problems:
- students have to strengthen fluency in order to read a book or other text correctly, quickly, and with expression.
- Reading pace must to be consolidate. Sometime children read slowly and word-by-word, without expression and don’t understand what they read.
- The important goal of reading is good comprehension and a strong motivation to keep reading.
In April 2017 we made testing again. The experiment group was with the same modality of April 2016, the students aged was 10-11. We checked if the test levels had risen after children had increased their reading because of the reading club.
- Since the start of the Erasmus Project, team teachers can were able to notice in students skills, such as speed and fluency reading were emphasized and the personal reading level increased step by step…
- Children got now generally clearly better marks on text part.
- Project activities were absolutely stimulating and the results were very significant in order to learn and improve reading skills.
- The activities planned give help in order to strengthen children’s vocabulary and knowledge about the world.
- The reading initiatives enhanced a better awareness about own capacity to improve their learning methods.
- Now, students feel more positive and reinforced in their good educational process.
So, we made a conclusion that after children have participated at Erasmus Project activities read more books, their vocabulary grew, and it was easier for them to understand the meanings of the words and to enhance their learning methods.
This activity was carried out by 11 years old students. The Digital Game was a good opportunity to know more about countries on the European map Interactive experiences could motivate and actively engage students in the learning process. The results were 100% achieved.
This activity involved students from 8-11 years. The results were 100% achieved, through fun and parents cooperation. Students were highly motivated in reading recipes in a loud voice and with more attention. It was also a good way to speak English fluently and they were stimulated to be interested in trying all partners cuisines.
The activity has been carried out by 10 year old students. They used ICT skills and worked in small groups. The results were 100% achieved, they were very proud about their work in order to make our city known as the eternal City.
Comics were a good way to stimulate kids imagination. This activity has been applied to children of about 11 years old, joined to Portugal students, who started the story. Children tried to use ICT instructions to tell the story in a graphic comic style, in order to familiarize themselves with the tools and to get creative visual narratives. The results were 100% achieved.
Reading Club has involved students from 8-11 years. The results were 100% achieved in order to enhance children’s literacy and to learn reading skills. Creative Reading with parents was a great way to spend time together in the school: children read a story and parents acted it out. The reading lab: “Words in travel” in the National Kids Library was an important activity to know how the Library works and how many resources it offers to improve culture and social life.
This activity made students very enthusiastic and curious to be met by Skype peers of other countries. Students from 8-11 years were involved. At the beginning they felt a bit shy, then they were encouraged to speak and to try in English conversation by face -to- face connection with the students partners. Speaking in English and listening were very important to have a good meeting, our students tried their best to improve their English competencies. The aims were 100% achieved, and the linguistic competence were enhanced a lot.
Read a Picture “the Gioconda”
The activity: “Read a picture” has involved students from 10-11 years and has been interesting for the pupils. They have used many reading strategies to find the “real” message contained in the picture and discover “their own” message as well. They wore, for this special occasion, historically dated costumes, to recreate the atmosphere of the picture. Moreover, it has enabled students to work in co-operation, thanks to the ability to share text, images, maps and documents of various kinds. A very good way to introduce students to the art.
The Pictogram Tale has been a very creative and exciting experience for our students. The activity has been carried out by 8-9 year students. It was a good way to test their skills in written communication also thanks to the creation of something new. Using digital competence, students have learned how to create a single text composed of individual pieces all look different; use applications to create a kind of scrolled book.
The salad tale
The salad tale has been a very interesting activity for students, the results were 100% achieved. Pupils from 8-9 year old worked in groups to prepare and invent the beginning of the story. They used the internet source to find the characters proposed by Greece, Finland and the United Kingdom and to deepen their characteristics. The realization of the story has strengthened communication, collaboration and urged students imagination.
The Time Machine
The time machine has been an exciting experience for our students. They have read the past in a different way, so they have been able to stimulate their memory and their imagination to come back to the ancient Rome: “the Eternal city”. The students have created a text written by themselves. They have used digital competence to fix and take the final work. The realization of the final work has strengthened communication and collaboration among the students.