Elementary School, Middle School

Shake Your Android Phone or Tablet to Generate Writing Prompts


shakephrase Shake-a-Phrase is a fun app for elementary school and middle school students to use to start stories and practice recognizing parts of speech. It was initially launched as an iPad app and I just discovered this week that it’s also available for Android users.

Shake-a-Phrase has three basic modes; shake it, story starter, and quiz mode. Each mode has five themes; animals, monsters, fairy tales, sports, and random. In “shake it” mode students shake their phones or tablets to have complete, but random sentences appear on their screens. The “story starter” mode presents students with a new random story prompt each time they shake their tablets. In both of these modes students can favorite sentences and prompts to refer to later. Shake-a-Phrase’s quiz mode presents students with random sentences in which they have to identify nouns, adjectives, verbs, conjunctions, and prepositions.

Students enjoy using Shake-a-Phrase, in part, because of the physical act of shaking their tablets to start a story. They’ll also enjoy it because of the fun sentences that are generated by the app. If you only have one tablet in your classroom, consider using Shake-a-Phrase as a story prompt generator. Each time you use it you could have a different student take a turn shaking the tablet. Just make sure you have a good case on that tablet first.

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