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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.
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