Grammaropolis.com

Common Sense Media says

Schoolhouse Rock! reborn for fun grammar practice.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As personified characters, the parts of speech all have to work cooperatively in the videos. After all, they really do depend on one another.

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Privacy & safety

Parents must set up accounts for kids under 18 (with a credit card for subscriptions). The site doesn't collect any identifying information from children or communicate directly with them. However, some general user information is collected and shared with third parties, as outlined in the site's privacy policy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grammaropolis is a subscription-based curriculum that teaches kids the parts of speech in fun ways. Parents can choose a monthly ($3.99), yearly ($19.99), or "forever" ($39.99) passport and create accounts for up to five kids. Kids read cartoon-y books, watch videos, and listen to songs to learn about the eight parts of speech and then take quizzes to test their understanding. Kids can view their progress and scores, and parents have their own portal to view progress reports. There's also an app version that covers the same content.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • vocabulary
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • memorization
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Cute characters and extremely catchy songs engage kids to help them remember easy-to-forget grammar rules.

Learning Approach

Concepts are taught through the clever personification of each part of speech. Content is delivered in a variety of formats to help different learners. Assessments are logically broken down to support authentic learning.

Support

Stats are reported as a percentage and a fraction so kids know how many questions were missed in each quiz. Although not adaptive, the site gives kids immediate feedback as they answer questions.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • vocabulary
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • memorization
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Kids can learn the eight parts of speech and how to use them correctly. Content goes deep for each. Kids will learn about nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Additionally, they'll learn about different types and uses, like intransitive and transitive verbs and proper and common nouns, among others. There are also brief explanations of dependent clauses, punctuating interjections, and other writing structures. Grammaropolis.com is quite thorough in its teaching of the parts of speech, and the knowledge is likely to stick -- the songs are so catchy that you won't soon forget them.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Like Schoolhouse Rock! for a new generation, GRAMMAROPOLIS simulates a fun city populated by zany characters who personify each of the eight parts of speech. Kids learn about the parts of speech through watching music videos for each concept, reading short cartoon-y books, and completing quizzes. As they move through the site, kids select one part of speech and then follow a map of different learning stages, each explaining the part of speech through text, songs, and videos interspersed with quizzes. As kids work their way toward mastery, they earn certificates. Kids can easily view their scores and progress for each part of speech on the main page.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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 28 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.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Music and sing-along
Price:Free-$39.99
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid

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