Word Sort by Grammaropolis

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced game reinforces knowledge of parts of speech.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the parts of speech playing Word Sort by Grammaropolis. After "meeting" the personified parts of speech and learning what each one does, kids drag flying words into the appropriately labeled bucket. Kids will first learn about nouns, adjectives, and linking verbs; however, the words flying across the screen are infinitives, not linking verbs. Identifying and practicing with incorrect terminology can make learning the correct terminology in the future difficult, and it's confusing. Word Sort by Grammaropolis could be a fun way to practice identifying the parts of speech, but unfortunately, it falls short on accuracy.

Ease of Play

Short instructions are shown each time kids play the game, and gameplay is very intuitive. There are three levels to Word Sort, with the harder levels giving more words at once to sort. Dragging the words into the proper part of speech's container doesn't always work, however. The words have to be dropped in a very precise spot, and sometimes it misses. Occasionally the word will end up in the wrong container.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Word Sort by Grammaropolis is a practical way to practice parts of speech. Kids drag as many words as they can into one of three containers held by the parts of speech within the allotted time. While the information screen for each part of speech describes each in an informative way, examples aren't given. This app is meant for reinforcement and practice to solidify knowledge. The words given to sort are advanced enough to be a challenge for the intended age range. There are three levels to Word Sort, each with a different number of words and phrases to sort at a time. There is a high score list, with high scores from all levels sharing the single list.

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What's it about?

Kids drag as many words as they can into the bucket during the time allotted for a part of speech. Kids can "meet" the parts of speech before playing the game by reading a short description of each (for example, Adjective is an orange creature holding an artist's palette). Kids can choose one of three levels, Grammar Champ, Grammar Fiend, or Grammar Master, which changes the speed with which the words fly across the screen. Scores are tracked, and can be shared on Game Center.

Is it any good?

WORD SORT BY GRAMMAROPOLIS is a fast-paced, fun way to learn parts of speech. The three difficulty levels allow play by both kids and adults. Since players are racing against time to match up as many words and phrases to parts of speech as possible, initial reactions can signal what kids really know. However, while the spirit of learning is very apparent, there are a few places where the letter of the law (Get it?) could be followed better. Some of the parts of speech aren't clearly described, which could cause kids to get confused. Also, dragging the words to the correct part of speech doesn't always work smoothly. With these problems fixed, Word Sort could be a great learning tool. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about learning the parts of speech. Have fun and practice parts of speech by making up your own Mad Libs.

  • Start with a noun/verb sentence and get silly with your kids by adding other parts of speech to elaborate the sentence -- as many adjectives and adverbs as they can think of!

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