Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated December 2016
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Grammaropolis

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Animated parts-of-speech app enlivens grammar lessons

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking

Subjects
  • English Language Arts
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
2-10
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Teachers say (11 Reviews)
4

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Pros: There's a good deal of quality and depth in the information on each part of speech and concept.

Cons: Isolated grammar instruction doesn't always transfer into writing.

Bottom Line: It's a cute concept that makes sense out of sometimes hard-to-understand grammar concepts.

Use Grammaropolis's resources to teach the parts of speech in a variety of formats, either through whole-class, teacher-led instruction or via individual self-paced learning -- or a combination. If your students have access, flip the instruction: Have kids watch the videos (and sing along, of course!) at home, then work through the map for each part of speech in class before assigning a related writing project. Or, use a Grammaropolis lesson to help students liven up a previous writing assignment with revisions.

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Until you learn the Grammaropolis tunes, you might be stuck singing "Conjunction Junction, what's your function?" to your students. Grammaropolis uses the same idea -- engaging kids with fun characters, songs, and videos to teach a concept -- and covers the parts of speech with depth and complexity. The app simulates a fun city populated with zany characters who embody each of the eight parts of speech.

Students can learn about nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, interjections, prepositions, and conjunctions by watching fun music videos, reading short cartoon-like books, and completing quizzes. Students can select one part of speech and follow a map through the learning process; they can also navigate directly to the categories for videos, books, or quizzes rather than following the maps. As students work their way through the parts of speech, they'll earn certificates for each step they master. Note that teachers and students can also access this information through the Grammaropolis.com website, which is free to try with a subscription price for full access.

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Developed by a seventh-grade teacher, Grammaropolis helps make grammar more engaging. The characters bring each part of speech to life -- there are superhero verbs and artist adjectives -- in a way that gives meaning to its purpose. The songs are catchy and the quizzes are challenging, but the way each concept is explained really makes sense, giving kids images of how these abstract terms work: "Vinny had no choice. As a verb, he had to do what the adverb told him." Although pricey compared to some educational apps, Grammaropolis includes a lot of content -- nine illustrated books (one for each part of speech and a general book for all parts), nine animated music videos, 20 short animated clips, and hundreds of quizzes.

The app explains each part of speech in depth. Kids learn not only how to identify the parts of speech, but also specific types and relationships between them (transitive and intransitive verbs, subordinating and correlative conjunctions, and more). There are also brief explanations of dependent clauses, punctuating interjections, and other writing structures. Grammaropolis is a thorough, engaging tool for learning grammar.

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Overall Rating
4

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
5

Funny and catchy songs, cute videos and comic books, and characters that personify each part of speech engage kids and make it fun to learn grammar.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
4

Videos, songs, and stories reinforce understanding of each part of speech, making this an appealing fit for a wide range of student abilities. Quizzes interspersed throughout lessons and as bonus activities check for understanding.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
3

Kids can navigate intuitively through the map for each part of speech or go directly to the category: video, book, or quiz. A progress report shows how kids scored on quizzes.


Common Sense Reviewer
Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher

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Irene A. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
NYC DOE
New York, NY
4
Fun way to learn about grammar

Students would definitely enjoy this and prefer it to the dry gramma workbook approach. The videos are interesting and helps the kids learn the content. But again, you'd have to purchase the entire app to have access to everything.

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