Hello Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC readers. Shanda and I are happy to present another Smarty Ears app review for you today! We will warn you that we predict that you will love this grammar specific app for working on pronouns!
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- To state it simply, Pronoun Heroes is an engaging app for teaching students how to better understand and use pronouns.
- Pronouns Heroes was created by a certified speech-language pathologists and was developed by Smarty Ears Apps.
- The name of Pronouns Heroes will tip you off to the fact that this app has a great comic superhero theme that students of all ages enjoy!
- A large variety of pronouns (19) are worked on in this app. The types included in this app include: personal subjective, personal objective, demonstrative, possessives, and reflexive.
- Pronoun Heroes give the purchaser more bang for their buck because it has not just one activity, but FOUR activities that target pronouns. PLUS, two out of the four activities can be customized.This makes the app adaptable for targeting specific student goals.
One or more players can play this app at the same time! Each player can work at his or her own level while data is kept for each individual student. Here we show how an avatar can be chosen to represent a player and how a player can be named and selected in order to play.
Here is the front screen that is shown once a player is selected. We loved reading the information about pronouns in the informative “What are Pronouns?” and “Pronoun Types.” They provided a thorough description of what a pronoun is and what the different ones look like. We also appreciated being able to read a detailed explanation about each activity provided by tapping on the “I” located in the top right corner of each activity box for a detailed explanation about that activity.
In this section, the user can select either words or phrases to practice finding a pronoun.
The student is provided with a segmented sentence and is asked to tap on the word that is the pronoun.
In the “Find the Correct Picture” section, a pronoun is shown and said and the student is asked to tap on the picture that best describes it. The pictures are colorful and age-appropriate. This section is wonderful for working on the therapy goal of pronoun identification and we found it appropriate for some of our younger students. The auditory and visual reinforcements that were provided during this and the other sections were nice to have. My students seem to enjoy the pleasant voice that produced the words and also the musical chime that occurred with correct selections.
The following picture is provided to show you how some sections can be customized for each student. This is a wonderful feature! We often find that students need help with using “I” vs. “ME” pronouns correctly and that is what I chose here. We were provided with many opportunities to practice using the targeted pronouns after our customization choice was made. During this “Select the Pronoun” section, one of the words in the sentence was missing, and the student had to drag-and-drop the correct pronoun into the space. It was activity that got our students thinking and moving.
During the “Which One Is Not A Pronoun Section,” the students were asked to choose a sign that did not show a pronoun. Four superheroes held up signs and the students read or repeated the words on the signs before making their choice. This section elicited some discussions on what is and what is not a word that is a pronoun. It was another great opportunity to discuss pronouns.
In the “Let’s use Pronouns!” section, the student was shown a picture of a real-life event and given a sentence. One of the words in the sentence was missing, and the student was asked to drag-and-drop the correct pronoun into the space. The photos that are used in this section are very high-quality and the life scenes that are shown are great for carry-over of the learned skill into a real life scenario!
This app collects data and the reports can be printed out! The summary report is very informative and breaks down all of the pronouns worked on by accuracy and date. For those of you are familiar with other Smarty Ears apps, you will be happy to know that this app is also compatible with their terrific Therapy Report Center for easy report writing and progress monitoring!
Why don’t you check out this app over at the App store and download it today? We don’t think you will be disappointed! Pronouns are such a common goal area for speech-language pathologists and special education and teachers to work on with their students and it will come in handy on many teaching days! Teachers will be especially excited to know that Pronoun Heroes is the perfect companion to help students meet common core requirements in English Language Arts. Correct pronoun usage is a requirement of the Common Core State Standards required in most states. By grade 1, students are expected to know and use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.D)3. By grade two, students are expected to be able to use reflexive pronouns (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1.C)4. By grade three, students are to be able to ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement, as well as know and use possessive pronouns (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.F and CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.2.D) 5. Pronoun Heroes is a great way to address those Common Core State Standards.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Dec 05, 2014
- Version: 1.0.1
- Size: 179 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Smarty Ears, LLC
- © All rights reserved to Smarty Ears, 2014
- Rated 4+
- Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
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