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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about a variety of language directives. Grammar Bytes! doesn't try to sink its teeth into every grammar rule, but its content aligns with many of the related Common Core Standards for grade school through high school. Topics range from sentence fragments to punctuation to subordinate conjunctions. Kids will find some exercises, but overall, the design is pretty basic, and there's a lot of reading. The videos and PowerPoint presentations sometimes feel too long (and really aren't very exciting). Though Grammar Bytes! is a decent source of info, it would benefit from more complex, diverse activities.
Users are rewarded with a pretend prize, such as an island getaway, for correct grammar quiz guesses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will need specific software to view parts of this grammar instruction site: Adobe Reader for handouts, PowerPoint for presentations, and rules section items are available in a PDF or HTML version. A link to the Grammar Bytes! YouTube page could potentially expose kids to inappropriate and less educational videos; but otherwise, the site is self-contained and safe.
Is It Any Good?
Grammar Bytes! features detailed explanations, with examples, of more than 60 grammatical terms and concepts including verb tense, fragment and run-on sentences, prepositional phrases, and adjectives. Users can test their knowledge of sentence structure by taking online grammar quizzes, which include printable PDF documents to record their answers. Users also have the option of clicking on a link to get an explanation for any answer. The content is well-written, and kids will get an overview of many basic grammar rules.
Unfortunately, the quiz exercises, which are the site's most interactive element, are fairly basic and start to feel tedious pretty quickly. PowerPoint presentations are included to offer additional information, but like much of the rest of the site, they're heavily focused on reading instead of visual elements or user interaction. The site also has a few original language-themed videos, but many are long (some clock in at more than 14 minutes) and seem to drag. If Grammar Bytes! doesn't find a way to spice up its text-heavy content, kids may lose interest before they get past the first exercise.
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