Grammar Pop

Common Sense Media says

Fun word game helps reinforce parts of speech.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Users can start playing right away. They may choose to start at Level 1, a previously completed level, or a group of practice levels. During the first round, step-by-step instructions help players get used to the game. You can pause gameplay, but, when you return to the menu in the middle of a round, you can't return to that specific round. However, your totals include scores from unfinished rounds.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

An icon inviting users to visit the developer's website appears on the main page. From there, users are encouraged to visit Quick and Dirty Tips, a daily blog about grammar.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is required, and, aside from the link to the developer's website, users are encouraged to stay within the app. The privacy policy is clearly visible on the developer's website and is linked within the app; it states that no individual user data is collected.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grammar Pop focuses on the basic parts of speech, not building higher-level grammar skills. Kids need to know the basic parts of speech before they start to play. Older kids and teens may find the first few levels a bit easy, but, with the addition of different parts of speech and time limits as the game advances, they'll find themselves excitedly racing to identify all the parts of speech.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • working efficiently

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Multiple levels, timed games, positive praise, and reward coins encourage kids to keep popping clouds as they put their knowledge of the parts of speech to use.

 

Learning Approach

Progress tracking, positive praise, and the ability to advance through various levels of difficulty make building essential grammar skills accessible to kids and teens at multiple grade levels and skill levels.

Support

Step-by-step instructions help users quickly get into the game. Users have multiple chances to select the right answer, and the game encourages them to try again when time runs out.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • working efficiently

Kids can learn about the basic parts of speech, learning to recognize how they appear in sentences. The app doesn't provide lessons to help users learn the basic parts of speech, but that doesn't limit its value. Kids and teens already familiar with the basic parts of speech can learn how they're put to use in a wide variety of increasingly complex sentences. This helps solidify their knowledge of the basic building blocks of grammar and helps them learn about sentence structure. Grammar Pop can help kids become confident in their knowledge of the building blocks of speech.

This Learning Rating review was written by Stacy Zeiger

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What's it about?

In GRAMMAR POP, users practice identifying the parts of speech, one sentence at a time. The game starts by having users identify nouns, verbs, and articles. Each level adds a different part of speech, such as helping verbs, adjectives, and pronouns, to the equation. As they correctly identify parts of speech, players earn points, coins, and achievement ribbons. At the end of each level, users see their ranking and total score.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Grammar Pop is a good app to use to reinforce kids' knowledge of the parts of speech. Because there are no definitions or lessons within the app, kids and teens need to know the basic parts of speech before they play. Once they start playing, they'll find it's more entertaining than diagramming sentences or doing other rote grammar exercises. The app also encourages kids to improve their performance, rewarding them with milestones and tracking personal bests.

Families can talk about...

  • Have kids draw pictures of the sentences they encounter during the game and label the pictures with the parts of speech they represent.

  • Find or make up a silly rhyme about the parts of speech kids can use to help identify them when they appear in sentences.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:September 25, 2013
Category:Education
Size:49.30 MB
Publisher:HPHLP
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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