What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- writing clearly
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
"Meet the Parts of Speech" is a cute introduction to grammar, where each part of speech is personified by a character: "Adjective" is a painter, since adjectives describe nouns; "Action Verb" is a superhero wearing a cape; and "Design" is colorful and intuitive.
Kids practice identifying the parts of speech by catching them in the sky and directing them to the appropriate bucket. Since grammar is such a logical, memory-based skill, practice makes perfect. However, the overall accuracy of the information relayed needs to be corrected to promote quality learning.
There's a developer website where parents can find out more about Grammaropolis' other products, but support can only be found by emailing.
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.
Families can talk 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!