App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Parts of speech come to life with fun songs and characters.

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age 8+
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Educational value

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.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff

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.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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. Read the app's privacy policy to learn about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

Educator Written by[email protected] May 3, 2016

Cute Approach to Grammar Skills

I liked this website, although it is a little babyish for older kids. There are 8 parts of speech so it is content appropriate for older kids (conjunctions, pr... Continue reading

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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.

App details

For kids who love English language arts

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