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Developed by a classroom teacher for his seventh graders, Grammaropolis attempts to keep kids engaged while they learn grammar. The characters bring each part of speech to life in a way that gives meaning to its purpose -- there are superhero verbs and artist adjectives, among others. The songs are catchy enough to get stuck in your head, and the quizzes are challenging. Moreover, the way each concept is explained really makes sense, giving kids images of how these abstract terms work. For example, "Without Vinny the action verb, he [Nelson Noun] couldn't do anything."

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. Kids get immediate feedback on quiz answers with an explanation of the right answer. Grammaropolis does a good job of livening up an often boring (although important) topic for kids.

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