Shake-a-Phrase: Fun with Words and Sentences
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shake-a-Phrase helps kids have fun with the English language. It uses silly sentences such as "The kind-hearted stranger greeted a frantic cactus" to help kids learn more about English. Three modes of play mean it's not limited to one skill, either. Kids can build creative-writing skills, learn new vocabulary words, and identify the parts of speech. Quiz options can be set to slowly introduce kids to nouns, adjectives, and conjunctions, for example.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Engagement, Approach, Support
Fun sound effects, bright backgrounds, and the invitation to shake their devices attract kids' attention. The ability to choose themes that interest them, silly sentences, and three ways to interact with the app help keep it engaging.
Three modes of play help kids build grammar, vocabulary, and creative-writing skills. Each mode offers multiple dimensions, and the quiz mode can be customized based on kids' skill levels.
There are no in-app tutorials for students, but the app is intuitive to use. Multiple themes and options make this accessible to a wide range of students.
What's it about?
SHAKE-A-PHRASE offers three modes of play: Shake It, Quiz Me, and Story Starter. Kids also can select one of five themes: animals, fairy tale, monsters, sports, and shake starter. In Shake It mode, they see a silly sentence and can click on words to see their definitions. Story Starter takes those silly sentences and turns them into...silly story starters, such as "What would happen if a hysterical chicken hugged an excited fashion designer?" Quiz Me mode focuses on identifying the basic parts of speech; kids see a sentence and must identify the nouns, verbs, adjectives, or conjunctions. The settings tab allows kids and parents to choose the parts of speech included in the Quiz Me game.
Is it any good?
Kids will enjoy learning about sentence structure and the parts of speech using Shake-a-Phrase. Features such as silly sound effects and the ability to shake their devices to generate a new sentence will capture kids' attention. Options such as the ability to choose from three games and view questions connected to a specific theme help keep their attention. Parents and teachers will appreciate the complex sentences full of descriptive adjectives, conjunctions, prepositions, and nontraditional verbs. Occasionally the randomly generated sentence may not make sense. When that happens, kids can simply shake the app and receive a new one.
Families can talk about...
Create your own silly sentences and ask kids to identify the parts of speech or define the words.
Encourage kids to use the story starters to write their own creative stories, and show your support by reading their creations.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android|
|Release date:||April 30, 2013|
|Topics:||Princesses and fairies, Sports and martial arts, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Wild animals|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.1 and up|