Grammaropolis (full version)

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  • Child-Friendly
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Review Summary:

Grammaropolis (full version) is a teaching and practice tool to help students learn the parts of speech. The Nouns section is free, and the other seven parts of speech are available as separate in-app purchases of $1.99 each or $12.99 for the entire set. Each section includes explanatory videos and interactive books as well as brief multiple choice activities and two quizzes.

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Overview

Grammaropolis (full version) is a teaching and practice tool to help students learn the parts of speech. The Nouns section is free, and the other seven parts of speech are available as separate in-app purchases of $1.99 each or $12.99 for the entire set. Each section includes explanatory videos and interactive books as well as brief multiple choice activities and two quizzes.

      Features include:

      • Engaging music videos themed around parts of speech
      • Interactive books themed around parts of speech
      • Interactive activities and quizzes for each part of speech
      • Free Nouns section
      • Other parts of speech sections available separately or as a group

Quality

Grammaropolis (Full Version) offers engaging videos and books designed to teach various aspects of parts of speech to students. The app is rated for age four and above, and will be most appropriate for second grade and up due to reading levels required.

This application is well-thought-out and will provide fun ways to practice many different skills important to understanding parts of speech. The animated characters and scenes are colorful and the music videos are vibrant. The interactive books that accompany each section will captivate younger children’s attention, as well.

Education

The designers who created Grammaropolis (Full Version) did a good job of including several levels of learning. Each section begins with an overview of the relevant part of speech, then moves on to include deeper understandings. For example, the Nouns section teaches that nouns are persons, places, things or ideas, then develops understandings related to common/proper nouns, collective nouns, concrete/abstract nouns, and so on.

The activities between each teaching section offer a short, three question assessment of understanding. Quizzes (placed midway through the sequence and at the end of the teaching sequence) are longer multiple choice activities. Correct answers are acknowledged with a summary of the concept in green print and incorrect responses are corrected with the same summary in red print.

Each feature of the sections is accessible through a predetermined learning sequence or through collections that group items, such as all of the books or all of the music videos.

One thing that would improve this application’s usefulness in the classroom would be a method of keeping records for multiple students. As it stands, a teacher would have no way of knowing which sections had been completed by a given student or how they performed on them.

 Entertainment

Children in a wide range of age groups will find this app entertaining and engaging. The makers compare it to the Schoolhouse Rock series that many parents will recall from their own childhoods, and that comparison is not unfounded. The music videos are in many different styles, but all have catchy tunes and memorable lyrics. The animated characters and scenes are colorful and loaded with detail so that users will notice different aspects each time they play with the program. The characters have distinct personalities related to their focus part of speech, and they interact with one another in the imaginary world of Grammaropolis in ways that make a fun story. For example, Nelson Noun worries about losing work to Roger Pronoun.

Value

Grammaropolis is a good value for students who need to review or practice parts of speech. The Nouns Section is available for free, and other sections are available as in-app purchases for $1.99 individually or $12.99 bundled as a group. It would be very possible to just purchase the sections that a child is having difficulty with mastering in school, or to purchase the entire system to help kids review all the parts of speech.

Child Friendly

Grammaropolis (full version) is very child-friendly. All parts of speech, as well as collections of the videos, books and quizzes, are available from the home page. The “More Fun” link at the bottom of the list does connect to two more possible in-app purchases and will open to the App Store. There are no other advertising links and no links to social media sites within this application.

The app does require students be capable readers to access all of the features, but less-able readers will be able to enjoy the recorded sections.

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