App review by Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Education | Updated September 2013
Grammar Jammers Primary Edition
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Grammar Jammers Primary Edition

Grammar basics in catchy rhythms, cute characters, and brief quizzes

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Grades
K–2 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking

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Pros: Rhythmic beats and fun images make lasting impressions.

Cons: Kids can't move out of a lesson; they must complete it before moving onto the next.

Bottom Line: Teaches kids basic grammar vocabulary in a memorable, fun way.

Use Grammar Jammers to supplement lessons about reading and spelling. Kids who find grammar lessons intimidating might warm to Grammar Jammer's light-hearted and pressure-free presentation.

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Grammar Jammers Primary Edition uses fun animations and rhythmic songs to teach grammar basics in the areas of adjectives, contractions, nouns, pronouns, punctuation, sentences, and verbs. Kids choose a grammar topic, then watch the brief animation and listen to the cute related song. Kids can then reinforce what they've learned by playing the Quick Check quiz. The songs are catchy and fun, yet cover the basic ideas of each grammar subject with just enough depth to be meaningful. For example, a man sings "An adjective is a word that describes a noun. A noun is a person, animal, place or thing" in  a catchy rhythm as cute drawings of a tall man, little girl, and happy boy appear.

Grammar Jammers Primary Edition is a short and sweet, sometimes funny way to introduce kids to basic grammar and vocabulary definitions. This app can be an excellent way to help ease students into the topic. The Quick Check quiz activity is a low-stress way to find out if kids understand what they've learned in the song. Answer incorrectly, and the correct answer is immediately highlighted in green. Grammar Jammers Primary Edition provides just enough lessons mixed with lighthearted songs to keep it interesting without being overwhelming for young learners.

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

Catchy songs and happy animations engage kids with grammar vocabulary in lighthearted yet solidly educational ways. The quiz-like activity at the end of each song lesson adds a bit of interactivity.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Lessons in brief songs provide just enough depth and concrete examples of grammar vocabulary for beginners, and they're followed by the short Quick Check activity for reinforcement.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

Kids must read the instructions for the Quick Check quizzes. Even though the instructions are very brief, adding verbal directions would be helpful for emerging readers.


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Dana Villamagna Classroom teacher

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Jennifer A. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Montclaire Elementary School
Los Altos, United States
Good App for Practicing Basic Grammar
I liked the fact that there's a dashboard with quiz scores for each of the sections. In the settings it's easy to reset before the next student plays. I ask students to take a screenshot of the dashboard when their turn is done so I can quickly see how they did. The app is very easy to navigate with clear buttons and not a lot of distraction. Students enjoy the songs for each concept.
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