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Kids can learn the parts of speech -- nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, interjections, and conjunctions -- and each is explained in depth. Not only can they learn to identify the basic parts of speech, but they'll also learn about more specific parts and the relationships among parts (examples include transitive and intransitive verbs as well as subordinating and correlative conjunctions). There are also brief explanations of dependent clauses, punctuating interjections, and other writing structures. Grammaropolis is a thorough, engaging tool for young grammar learners.
Ease of Play
A lot of ways to explore; controls are very easy to use. Though challenging, the quizzes are easy to navigate.
Products & Purchases
Free version includes only nouns; other parts of speech are available as in-app purchases. "More Fun" includes links to the songs in iTunes and to other apps in the App Store.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Developed by a classroom teacher for his seventh graders, this tool manages to keep kids engaged while they learn grammar. The characters bring each part of speech to life -- there are superhero verbs and artist adjectives -- in a way that gives meaning to its purpose. The songs are catchy and the quizzes challenging, but the way each concept is explained really makes sense, giving kids images of how these abstract terms work; for example, "Vinny had no choice. As a verb, he had to do what the adverb told him." Though pricey compared to many educational apps, Grammaropolis includes a lot of content: nine illustrated books (one for each part of speech, with a general book for all parts), nine animated music videos, 20 short animated clips, and hundreds of quizzes. Grammaropolis does a good job of livening up an often boring (although important) topic for kids.
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