Question Builder

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Grammar, Abstract Questions, Five Ws, Reading Comprehension

What we like best:

Customization capabilities allow children to focus on trouble areas easily.

What you should know:

The lack of fun elements and interface variety may not appeal to kids for very long.
Full Review:

Answering the “who, what, where, when, why” of a story subject is the basic foundation for gathering information. Give young writers a solid understanding of the Five Ws with this simple question-and-answer app. The brightly colored (albeit somewhat old-fashioned) cartoons that accompany each question appeal to younger elementary kids, and sharply contrast the 3D animated scenes children are rewarded with by answering question correctly.

There's no tie-in between the incentive and the question though, which means the animation—while silly and fun—is random and unrelated to skills being worked on. A clear voice-over option helps reinforce correct answers and encourages kids who are stumped to keep trying. Three levels of play, color-coding and text options can help children master these foundational questions by starting with lots of cues, and making problems increasingly more difficult as budding journalists progress.

Kids can build a solid understanding of the Five Ws with this no-frills app, absent of any distracting bells and whistles. However, the absence of engaging, interactive elements or surprises is somewhat disappointing considering “smart” device capabilities today. If you're looking for a tool that eschews fun in favor of distraction-free practice on “who, what, where, when and why,” this is the app for you.

Teacher Features:
The Parent Center isn't only for moms and dads—use this feature for up-to-date information about how student skills are progressing using the app.
Reviewed 2012-10-02 on iPad iOS6 by Vicki Windman

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Grade:Fifth Grade
Topic:Reading, Writing
Publisher:Mobile Education Tools
Standards:Key Ideas and Details: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. RI.5.5. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently. RI.5.