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JumpStart Power Prep is an interactive DVD game produced by Blue Monkey Studios and released by Knowledge Adventure in 2006. It comes in three versions - one for 2nd Grade, one for 3rd Grade, and one for 4th Grade.

It consists of a quiz-show style game hosted by Polly Sparks in which 1-4 players must answer grade-appropriate questions about reading, writing, and arithmetic. The DVDs are designed to help students prepare for standardized tests. It also features test-taking tips and short educational videos.


The game is played with a DVD remote. At the start of the game, the user must choose the number of players. Each game consists of 4 rounds of 5 questions each. At the start of each round, the player must choose a category. Whenever the player gets a question right, Polly will congratulate them (though often in a way that focuses more on her own brilliance); whenever they get a question wrong, Polly will give them a test-taking tip. Once the player has answered the questions, they will be given a "prize" consisting of a brief educational video clip. If there is more than one player, the game will ask the player to hand the remote to the next player at the start of the next round. At the end of all the regular rounds, if a multiplayer game is being played, a bar graph (made out of tubes of liquid) displaying the number of questions each player got right will be displayed. After this, a "special round" with different rules rather than normal quiz questions will be played; for example, in one version, various pairs of words will be displayed, and the player must press the Enter button whenever two words are displayed that are homophones. If there is more than one player, each player will get the opportunity to play such a round.

Educational Concepts

  • Reading
    • Antonyms
    • Unfamiliar Words
    • Inferences
    • Text Structure
    • Main Idea & Details
    • Comprehension
  • Math
    • Word Problems
    • Decimals
    • Estimation
    • Number Operations
    • Interpreting Data
  • Language Arts
    • Spelling
    • Grammar & Usage
    • Using Verbs
    • Composition
    • Combining Sentences
    • Study Sklls




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