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App of the Week: Punctuation – End Marks

By Stephen Noonoo
April 6th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.
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What’s It Like? Grammaropolis – End Marks is a tool for teaching elementary school students about the marks that end sentences. At the start of End Marks, kids meet the Mayor of Grammaropolis in the Lineup Room at Punctuation Academy and they’re quickly introduced to the three members of the Punctuation Department who keep the town in order: Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Mark, each dressed as a police officer. Students then visit each officer’s department to learn more about that particular symbol and how it works. Each lesson features a narrative introduction, audio clips that show how end marks alter how a sentence sounds (“Sally left the house this morning.” versus “Sally left the house this morning?”), and increasingly tough quizzes.

Price: $3.99

Grades: 3-5

Pros: Great story, detailed lessons, and tough quizzes make for a great cross-training in grammar.

Cons: Lessons on abbreviations and capitalization are equally important but less clearly integrated into the app’s central story.

Bottom line: A thoughtfully designed, consistently engrossing tool for learning key grammar points.

 

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.