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Chris and Martin Kratt are back again with yet another new collection of episodes from their hit PBS Kids series Wild Kratts in the form of Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles. Released late last month, the new four-episode collection is another enjoyable presentation that audiences will find just as enjoyable and useful in the classroom as the living room. That is due on part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection. That will be discussed shortly. The lessons that are taught within each episode are just as important as the episodes themselves to the collection’s presentation. The bonus material that is included with the collection rounds out its most important elements. Each element plays its own part in the collection’s overall presentation. All things considered, Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles proves to be, again, yet another enjoyable collection of Wild Kratts episodes whether in the classroom or the living room.
PBS Kids’ latest collection of Wild Kratts episodes is yet another enjoyable collection whether in the classroom or the living room. It is a collection that elementary school science and biology teachers will find to be as effective of a teaching tool as parents would find it to be in the home. That is due in part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection. There are only four episodes featured in this collection. But all four episodes follow the central theme presented in the collection’s title. This is important to note because of the number of compilations from other companies out there whose episodes hardly follow the theme of their titles. Believe it or not there are compilations out there that suffer greatly from that issue. To be fair even PBS has released compilations that suffer from this problem. It hasn’t happened a lot but it has happened. Luckily though, that didn’t happen here. Rather, a different reptile was profiled in each episode complete with original story line to make the episodes even better. These two elements, when combined, show why the episodes featured in this collection are so important to its presentation. They are, collectively, just part of what makes the collection so enjoyable. The lessons that are presented within each episode are just as important to the set as the episodes themselves.
The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts compilation are in themselves hugely important to the set’s presentation. That is because they each follow the collection’s main theme rather than deviating from that theme. They are, collectively, just part of what makes the collection so enjoyable. The lessons that are presented within each episode are just as key to the set as the episodes themselves. That is thanks not just to the fact that each lesson is different from the others but because of how each lesson is presented. “Crocogator Contest” is a prime example of this. Audiences are taught the difference between crocodiles and alligators when Chris and Martin take part in a race to see which one—a crocodile or an alligator—would perform best against the other. The episode points out the physical traits and even gait of each that separates the massive creatures from one another. It’s a great way to both entertain and inform audiences. Considering that few adults can tell the difference between the two, some older audiences might even find this episode enjoyable and informative, too considering this. The set’s opening episode “The Gecko Effect” teaches viewers how geckos are able to stick to walls when the Kratt brothers have to keep the villainous Zach Varmitech from shrinking every animal in the world. In “Rattlesnake Crystal” viewers learn about rattlesnakes’ sensory abilities and how they are used to help the snakes survive. The lesson is taught when the Tortgua runs low on power and is forced to crash-land in the Sonoran Desert. It’s up to Chris and Martin to find more tellurium crystals, the crystals that power the Tortuga so that the gang can get the ship running again. Yet again, here is a story line that is entirely separate and original from the others. The same applies with the other noted episodes and in the case of “Chameleons on Target.” Simply put, the different lessons presented within each episode and the difference in the ways that they are presented prove to be just as important to this set’s presentation as the episodes themselves. They are still not the only important elements to note in examining the collections presentation. The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to examine as the set’s episodes and their associated lessons.
The episodes that are featured in PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts DVD and their associated lessons are both undeniably important to the set’s presentation. Each element is important for its own specific reason. They are not the set’s only key elements, though. The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to its presentation as its episodes and their lessons. The bonus material is important to note because it comes in the form of two more lessons that are both fun and educational. The first of the bonus lessons is directly associated with the featured episode “Rattlesnake Crystal.” The lesson teaches children about how rattlesnakes use their rattles by having children make their own “rattlers.” In this case they get to make homemade shakers. So not only do kids get an extra biology lesson here but also the starting point in an elementary level music lesson, too. The second of the bonus lessons teaches about the difference between reptile eggs and bird eggs. On the surface it is a basic lesson. On a much higher level, educators in higher education (believe it or not) could use this lesson in discussions on whether or not today’s birds are ancestors of ancient dinosaurs because of the difference in the species’ eggs. That surprising lesson adds even more interest and importance to this lesson. All things considered here, it is clear why this collection’s bonus material is so important to the set’s overall presentation. When they are set alongside the set’s featured episodes and their associated lessons, all three episodes show undeniably why Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is yet another set of Wild Kratts episodes that is just as fitting in the classroom as it is in the living room.
Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is hardly the first ever collection of episodes to be released from the hit PBS Kids series. It is, though another collection that parents and teachers alike will enjoy and appreciate. That is due in part to the set’s featured episodes. All four episodes follow the set’s theme, which is set by its title. The lessons that are featured within the episodes are each different from one another and different in how they are presented. The bonus material that is included in the collection is just as important to note because of the extra lessons that it introduces. Each element is obviously important in its own unique way. All things considered, the noted elements make this collection, once again, yet another piece that will be just as welcome in the classroom as in the living room. It is available now in stores and online, and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store. More information on Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is available online now along with all of the latest Wild Kratts news, activities and more at:
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