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Shake-a-Phrase: Fun with Words and Sentences

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Grammar, Vocabulary, Fluency, Reading Comprehension

What we like best:

The sentences are absurd—but the grammar is perfect—making this an excellent tool to teach the fundamentals of writing while improving reading comprehension.

What you should know:

Third grade is really a make or break time for reading foundation skills, such as grammar practice, vocabulary building and creativity.
Full Review:

What if a curvy butcher transformed into a bizarre balloon? Or imagine an innocent electrician and a spiffy milkman trapped in Russia—would you like to finish the story?

Third graders most definitely will with this awesome app that sharpens grammar skills, builds vocabulary and stimulates creativity all at once. The best thing about this tool is the instant "hook" of the silly sentences and crazy word combinations that little learners create just by shaking. The app's addictive quality comes from the endless flow of funny phrases—you can shake it countless times and never get the same sentence twice. Engagement with reading activities is crucial for future reading fluency, and this app delivers.

With three different modes to choose from—“Shake It!” for simple silly sentences, “Story Starter” for a quick creativity kick, and “Quiz Me” to test grammar knowledge—the app has a longer playability than most. You can also choose from several themes like fairy tales, monsters or sports to customize the app for different interests.

Reviewed 2012-09-28 on iPhone iOS5 by Roberta Munoz

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Price:$1.99
Grade:Third Grade
Topic:Reading, Writing
Platform:Apple
Publisher:Artgig Studio
Standards:Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing speaking reading or listening. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.