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  • Cost Category: Free
  • Price Details: Free
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  • Duration: variable based on how instructors use activities
  • Format: Web-based
  • Grades: grades 4 to 5, grade 6
  • Suitable for Multiple Uses?: many times, can be reused
  • Subject(s): multiple science topics
  • Part of Series?: Yes
  • URL: http://pbskids.org/fetch/parentsteachers/program/

Combing a TV show/website/materials, Fetch targets kids 6-10 by mixing six human contestants with a cartoon dog in a reality TV meets science battle.   If you have a TV and computers, your kids can join the creative problem solving fun. 

This PBS Go Kids! broadcast/website package is an effort to "break the mold" for science shows appropriate for 6 to 10-year-olds. The Fetch recipe here includes six very real and talented young contestants, a cartoon dog who serves as host and joker and adds challenges that are similar to those shown on adult reality-shows with game-show style point tallies attached to each activity. In the case of Fetch, these reality-show acts do include some science. Its strong suit is that the kids on the show consistently model creative problem solving and confidence building. The supplementary materials, available in hard copies and on the Website, can be useful in extending the TV show, but reviewers indicate that to use Fetch, you will need access to a TV. In addition, effective use would require some preparation by the instructor since much of the science is not very challenging for the target audience. New episodes are due out this year, so they may provide even stronger science to complement Fetch's high entertainment value.



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