Grammaropolis

Common Sense Media says

Parts of speech come to life with fun songs and characters.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are a lot of ways to explore the different parts of speech by moving through the app. The controls are very easy to use, and there's lots of stimulating content presented in easy-to-understand ways. Though challenging, the quizzes are easy to navigate.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

In the free version, which includes only nouns, other parts of speech are available as an in-app purchase. "More Fun" section includes links to the songs in iTunes and to other apps in the App Store.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The privacy policy outlines how information is used, but no personal information is requested through the app.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grammaropolis may bring back childhood memories of Saturday morning Schoolhouse Rock! skits and leave them singing "Conjunction Junction." The app version of Grammaropolis (there's also a Web version) includes original songs, videos, books, and quizzes on the eight parts of speech, all aimed at making grammar fun for kids. The free version includes only nouns, but the other parts of speech can be purchased in-app. Content is thorough, and though the animation and songs will appeal to younger users, the concepts are more geared toward older, elementary- and middle-school-age kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • vocabulary
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • logic
  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Funny and catchy songs, cute videos and comic books, and characters that personify each part of speech engage kids and make it fun to learn grammar.

Learning Approach

Each part of speech is explained in multiple ways -- videos, songs, and stories -- to reinforce understanding and address some different learning styles. Quizzes interspersed throughout lessons check for understanding.

Support

The app version doesn't include progress reports (although the Web-based version does). Kids can navigate intuitively through the map for each part of speech or go directly to the category: video, book, or quiz.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • vocabulary
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • logic
  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Kids can learn the parts of speech -- nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, interjections, and conjunctions -- and each is explained in depth. Kids not only can learn to identify the basic parts of speech, they'll also learn about more specific parts and the relationships between 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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

Developed by a classroom teacher for his seventh graders, Grammaropolis 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 are 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 28 quizzes. Grammaropolis does a good job of livening up an often boring (although important) topic for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage kids to write and incorporate what they learn in Grammaropolis to vary how they use language.

  • Good writing and strong grammar skills can be reinforced through reading practice; encourage kids to read often and from a variety of genres.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free-$12.99
Pricing structure:Free, Free to Try, Paid
Release date:April 11, 2013
Category:Education
Size:47.90 MB
Publisher:Grammaropolis
Version:1.0.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 3.0 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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