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What's it about?
GRAMMAROPOLIS simulates a fun city populated by zany characters who embody each of the eight parts of speech. Kids learn about the parts of speech through watching fun music videos for each concept, reading short cartoon-y books, and completing quizzes. As they move through the app, kids select one part of speech and then follow a map of different learning stages, each explaining the part of speech through text, songs, and videos. When kids work their way to mastery, they earn a certificate. Rather than following the maps, kids also can navigate directly to categories and view videos, books, or quizzes for any part of speech.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how good writing and strong grammar skills can be reinforced through reading practice; encourage kids to read often and from a variety of genres.
Encourage kids to write and incorporate what they learn in Grammaropolis to vary how they use language.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, vocabulary, writing
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, logic, memorization
Self-Direction: academic development
- Price: Free-$12.99
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Free version of app with in-app purchases vs. paid version)
- Release date: April 11, 2013
- Category: Education
- Size: 254.00 MB
- Publisher: Grammaropolis
- Version: 1.2.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.1 or later; Android 3.0 and up
For kids who love English language arts
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