By Mobile Education Store LLC
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Winner - 2012 Best Language Development App - Technology in Special Education
Finalist - Best Education App of 2012 - Best Apps Ever
Rainbow Sentences is designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues. The who, what, where, and why parts of sentences are color coded to help students recognize and understand how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure.
Students will learn how to recognize the parts of sentences such as nouns, verbs, and prepositions, improve their understanding of how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure. Students have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills.
Rainbow Sentences offers a unique environment for improving a student's ability to create grammatically correct sentences.
-168 images to create sentence from
-Intuitive drag and drop to create sentences
-Words are spoken as they are being dragged for non readers
-Words can be color coded for added visual support
-Word groups can be selected to simplify sentence construction
-6 levels of sentence complexity
-Pictograph lessons to help students learn proper sentence construction
-Record feature allows students to record sentences in their own voice
-Save and email recorded sentences
-Students earn puzzle pieces during play to encourage continued play
-Puzzles come to life once level is complete
- Compatible with iPad
- Requires iPad 5.1 software update
Mobile Education Tools is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 3-6, 6-10
Categories: Special Needs, Education
What's New in Version 1.4
Fixed custom color scheme issues with iOS6.
Fixed autorotate with iOS6.
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As an elementary school English as a second language teacher, I find that many of Mobile Education Stores' apps are great. I use Rainbow Sentences because it has students think carefully about constructing grammatically correct sentences in a colorful and playful way. In the settings menu the teacher can scaffold the sentence building so that beginning kindergarteners all the way up to around the end of second grade level students can be challenged and successful. When the students correctly answer, there are some funny animated characters that come out and cheer for them. Likewise, there are words of encouragement if they answer incorrectly. The app has a statistics page so you can monitor the students' progress. One problem I have with the app is that you cannot go from a sentence that you are building to the settings or statistics page until/unless you correctly build the sentence. This creates unnecessary hassle if you want to quickly check-in on a student's progress or change the difficulty.
I love this app because it is a great structured way to support syntax development for writing and speaking. The color coding also allowed us to use it to target asking and answering questions. We used color coded "question word" cards that corresponded to the parts of speech that answered each question. After a student put a sentence together, one of his peers picked a question card and formulated a sentence, the first student then answered that question based on the content of the sentence. The app also supported their articulation goals by providing them with an opportunity to record saying the sentence, then playing it back. I also love that the complexity can be increased, and the color and line visual cues can be faded. My only request would be to add the option of making the pictures more age appropriate for high school students who are working on these goals.
It's worth the money
They put so much thought into this app, it has many levels of differentiation so I can use it with different grade levels. It's simple to sit next to a student the first time playing it and alter the level if it's too hard or too easy, AND it remembers the specific level for every student the next day. Thank you!
The pictures and sentences are cute, colorful, and kid friendly.
If they make a mistake, a pleasant, encouraging voice helps them.
The kiddos love the record feature where they can record, playback, and save their voice (while getting reading practice). This adds another level of creativity and reinforces reading with prosody.
I wish all apps were at this level of professionalism.
I only wish our entire grade level could afford it.