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Skills:Grammar, Phonics, Verb Tense

What we like best:

Funny, animated video will keep kids engaged with learning past, present and future tense.

What you should know:

Comprehensive, engaging lessons make this app well worth the hefty price tag.
Full Review:

Are you struggling with how to teach past, present and future tenses? Look no further than TenseBuilder—this all-in-one app includes 36 video lessons, video modeling, and the ability to record children's voices as they read sentences. Users are prompted to pick from nine choices of settings that can be optimized to meet the needs of a particular kid, from audio instruction, correct answer reinforcement, choice of verb tense and more.

Boasting 42 target verbs with corresponding animation, this app's many customizable features make it perfect for teaching a wide range of learners, including different options for how answers are presented. Audio reinforces tense learning and correct phonics—kids hear the tense spoken correctly, which allows both visual and audio learners to reap rewards from this interactive learning environment. Silly scenes keep kids engaged, and help what can be a dull topic come to life in a relatable way.

Adults may wince at the pricey cost; if you're unsure whether it's worth it, check out the “sneak peek” video from the developer's website. Brightly colored, kid-friendly graphics, an intuitive interface and age-appropriate animation make this app a must-have for every fifth grader's interactive library.

Teacher Features:
This app boasts periodic progress reports that can help teachers keep parents in the loop regarding a child's progress, or simply help educators track how their students' skills grow.
Reviewed 2012-09-28 on iPad iOS5 by Vicki Windman

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Price:$14.99
Grade:Fifth Grade
Topic:Reading, Writing
Platform:Apple
Publisher:Mobile Education Tools
Standards:Conventions of Standard English: Form and use the progressive verb tenses. Conventions of Standard English: Form and use the perfect verb tenses.