The award-winning Grammar Girl presents Grammar Pop: A fun word game for adults and a great way for kids to learn parts of speech. Match words with parts-of-speech, pop clouds, and progress from nouns and verbs to gerunds and participles.
The sentences get longer, the parts of speech get harder, and the timer gets shorter as you pop more clouds and advance through the game. You won’t even know you’re learning!
“Unlike anything I've seen...Fun to play a 'smart' game.”
—Beth St. James, graphic designer, artist, and mom
“As a licensed teacher I'd strongly recommend it to middle or high school English students.”
—Scott Miniea, grammar enthusiast
“My 3rd & 4th grades sons loved it!...The 3rd grade son struggles with spelling and grammar. He really got into the game.”
—Jennifer Whitmer, elementary school administrator and mother of four
“As an adult I enjoyed being able to brush up on my skills...A very valuable classroom tool.”
—Salina Gibson, author
“I teach a college grammar class and I think the repetition of identifying parts of a sentence would help my students tremendously.”
—Timi Ross Poeppelman, college professor
AWARDS FOR GRAMMAR GIRL
Grammar Girl products have a proven track record for excellence in education.
2012 International Reading Association Teachers’ Choice (for "Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students")
2016 Best Education Podcast – Academy of Podcasters
2015 101 Best Websites for Writers – Writer's Digest
Grammar Girl has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show as a grammar expert, is a regular radio guest, and has been featured in Business Week, the New York Times, CNN, Reader’s Digest, the Washington Post, and USA Today. She has written seven books on grammar, including "Grammar Girl Presents The Ultimate Writing Guide for Students," which is used in many classrooms and has been offered through Scholastic book fairs.
In this version, we updated the app to work with iOS 11, made the help section more visible by putting a help button in the main playing area, and updated and added a small number of sentences.
Ratings and Reviews
Grammar Girl Rocks
My 4th grade daughter and I played Grammar Girl after dinner for an hour and only got through level 5 with 3 stats. She laughed that Dad struggled with adjectives vs adverbs and we both learned lots! We bought this thinking it was more like the PBS Word Girl, but it is it's own thing with sentence clouds that you click each word's type (noun, verb, adjective, adverb or article).
If they update this app I have 2 suggestions:
1 - Make a boy version so boys will be inclined to play.
2 - Add an animated song for helping users remember which is word type is (noun - person, place or thing). That way kids who don't know the difference between adjectives and adverbs won't have to learn the hard way by constantly clicking the wrong item.
Amateur programming job
This is a cheap app that tries to leverage the marketability of Grammar Girl. It's quite a sad attempt at programming. There is little attention to detail in the presentation or animation. The graphics are dirt cheap, like Pac-man for the Atari 2600. They could have been done with Windows Paintbrush. Bonus coins (the furthest the game goes for extra game depth) don't really look like coins and don't rotate about their centers when they appear. Tapping the coins cause them to disappear instantly, with no audio feedback. And whoever chose the fonts and colors for the words and buttons doesn't understand either typography or color combinations. I imagine Mignon Fogarty herself thought up the specs in an hour and picked the lowest bidder on Elance, a team of iOS amateurs in Mumbai, to throw it together in a week. I really expected better.
Good as a parts of speech review but not great
Unlike some other reviewers, I wasn't expecting fancy graphics and effects, so I wasn't disappointed, and I didn't have any technical issues. I was looking for a decent parts of speech review to recommend for students, and I think this is a decent one. In the upper levels, however, a few words are not correctly classified, especially a few participles classified as verbs. For instance, in the phrase "cooking class," "cooking" is describing the class and is therefore a participle, not a gerund as the game purports.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.