Comparative Adjectives

What It Is: An app to help teach comparative adjectives by Grasshopper Apps.

Price: Free!

Version: 1.1

Settings Menu

How It Works: First, I would suggest going to the settings menu. This gives you a better idea of how the app works (though it is pretty simple). Here, you can mute/unmute the app, opt for a display hint, customize game sounds for errors and successes, and (most importantly) choose which concepts are used (angry, short, etc.). When playing with the app, it presents 2-3 pictures and a voice says, “Touch the {concept} [object].” For example, it may say, “Touch the smallest fruit” while showing pictures of a banana, blueberry, and strawberry. If you chose to show the display hint, it reads “smallest fruit” at the top. There is a button in the upper right corner if you want it to repeat the statement. If you choose the wrong option, there is supposed to be an error sound, but I cannot get it to work–the screen simply remains the same. When you choose the correct option, a green check mark appears over the object and words of encouragement (“That’s it!”) are heard.

Example–Fruits

My Therapy Applications: This tends to be an app that I use for only a minute or two to help kids warm up or for some quick data collection at the beginning and/or end of therapy. I use it with children who have difficulty with basic comparative concepts (e.g. tall vs. short) and children who have a limited descriptive vocabulary. I often keep the sound on when I’m doing quick data collection (e.g. to see if they are able to generalize certain concepts we’ve addressed in therapy). I sometimes turn the sound off if the child is more advanced and I want him/her to describe what he/she sees based on the concepts we have targeted (e.g. “He’s a tall man and he’s a short man.”). I might also turn the sound off if I want to alter the prompts in some way, such as going into more detail about the pictures than the app does automatically.

Pros: 1. Price. Can’t beat free! 🙂

2. Simple and easy to use with bright, clear pictures.

3. Large list of comparative adjectives–and options to only use certain ones. This comes in handy for teaching specific concepts.

Cons: 1. There are a couple minor technical issues, such as not being able to get the error sound to work correctly.

Example–Bikes

2. Some of the concepts aren’t very clearly represented. It can be hard to discriminate some of the subtle differences, though I suppose this could be good if working with an older age level.

3. There is no in-app data collection. This was a HUGE disappointment for me, as I’ve come to expect it in apps directed toward education and/or therapy. It was especially disappointing since it can be a good app for quick drill.

4. It is not a very motivational app. It is not fun in a typical play sense, and there are no goals to work toward either. The app continues to cycle (often playing the same options repeatedly), so there is no sense of closure or accomplishment for the players.

The Take-Away: This app has a great idea but just doesn’t take it far enough. I use it in certain situations, but usually only briefly. If they added data collection and a little more creativity/motivation in some way, I think it would get more use. However, it is free, so it can’t hurt to download it and see if it might work with your clients.

My Questions for You: Do you already own this app? If so, have you had trouble with the error feedback? How do you use the app in therapy? If not, could you see yourself using this app with your caseload?

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5 thoughts on “Comparative Adjectives

  1. I got this app but after playing with it myself I found it to have little application for the preschoolers that I teach. The comparisons are not very clear and it’s not very interesting. There is no reward feature and I know that after a few trials my kiddos will refuse it. Into the “never used” folder for this one 😦

    • Bummer, I was hoping someone would tell me the secret to using it successfully! But I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who has found limited (or no) uses for it.

    • I had 3rd graders workin on this skill and would have loved to have a follow up activity. It would have worked for them

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