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Pros: Beyond the catchy -- if sometimes corny -- songs, grammar instruction goes in-depth.
Cons: Grammar taught in isolation doesn't always transfer to student writing; more connections to real-life grammar use would be a nice touch.
Bottom Line: The fun songs will stick, and so will kids' knowledge about the parts of speech.
Whether using Grammaropolis.com or the Grammaropolis app, students can log in from school or home, giving them, and you, a lot of versatility. While flipped-classroom application might seem obvious, many of the music videos might be best watched together, in class, as they're sometimes simply hilarious.
The songs and videos make great hooks when introducing different parts of speech to the whole class. Individually, students can then work through the slides (reading about each part of speech) and quizzes at their own pace. Grammaropolis.com is digital whiteboard compatible, so entire lessons could be done as a whole-class lesson; kids could then revise their own writing, using their new grammar knowledge.
Like Schoolhouse Rock for a new generation, Grammaropolis.com simulates a fun city populated by zany characters who personify each of the eight parts of speech. Students learn about each of the parts of speech through watching fun music videos, reading short cartoon-y books, and completing quizzes. As they move through the site (or Chrome app), 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 students work their way toward mastery, they earn certificates. They can also easily view their scores and progress for each part of speech on the main page, and teachers can view kids' scores from the teacher dashboard. For tablet users, there's also an app version of Grammaropolis that covers the same content.
Developed by a classroom teacher for his seventh-graders, Grammaropolis.com manages to keep students engaged while they learn about grammar through the parts of speech. 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. The quizzes are challenging, and the songs are catchy enough to get stuck in your head for days.
The way Grammaropolis.com explains each concept really makes sense, by giving students images of how these abstract terms work. For example, they may hear the phrase "Without Vinny the action verb, [Nelson Noun] couldn't do anything." The site 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 different quizzes. Overall, Grammaropolis.com does a good job of livening up an often boring (albeit important) topic for kids.