There are so many fun learning opportunities with the movie Finding Dory that I could not resist sharing some learning ideas and making a Fish Friends Alphabet Game for you all!
Finding Nemo has always been one of my favorite movies and so we naturally LOVE Finding Dory just as much! There is just something about this dynamic duo that makes you happy and optimistic. And the teacher, Mr. Ray, I am convinced he is an early childhood teacher with all his fun songs that start with “Ohhhhhhhhh.”
The teacher in me watches movies and naturally thinks about all the great lessons that could be tied into it. Here’s a few things from the movie that would make a great lesson:
- talking about echolocation
- talking about rehabilitating animals
- talking about migration of fish
- talking about currents and undertows
- talking about community, friendship, and family
And, of course, talking about all of the amazing animals! Kids would love to learn about them and they are just perfect for a in-depth research unit. And so I made one of our research units with close reads, graphic organizers, report options, and crafts that are all differentiated for your little learners.
(Click here to see more about it.)
Another fun part about the movie from a teachers perspective is how accurate learning was when Dory was younger. “Hi, I’m Dory and I have short term memory loss.” And then when the other fish in the class started talking, I could see previous students I had for sure in this part of the movie. Disney really captured what having a class of that age is and it really just warmed my heart.
And I just love how Nemo and Dory are everywhere right now. I was at Target and came across these two adorable fish. These are great for my Passing on the Positive classroom management trick that will seriously get your kids to perk up all year long!
Today I was #findingdory? at the dollar section of @target. These two are prefect for classroom management – take one and pass it around throughout the day. “Oh I like how xyz is sitting, please pass them Dory.” The person at the end of the day who have the fish is the winner! Works like a charm! #findingnemo #findingdory #classroommanagement #iteachkindergarten #iteachkinder #kinderchat #teachersfollowteachers
Games and centers are always so appropriate too for your little ones and so I made this FREE Fish Friends Alphabet Game that uses all of the fish from Finding Dory! Cut out the fish (there are 26 of them), put them in a bucket of blue rice (or whatever), and have your kids find the fish and write what letter is on them.
Check out all these other fun Dory-inspired ideas. Perfect for all things Finding Dory!
Finding Dory Coffee Pot Play Set from A Little Slice of Us
Finding Dory Printable from Home.Made.Interest.
Dory & Nemo Party Cups from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff
Finding Dory Movie Munchies Mix from For the Love of Food
Finding Dory Snack Mix from A Savory Feast
Ocean Water Punch from Around My Family Table
Fish Bowl Cocktail from Bread Booze Bacon
Ocen Cupcakes in a Jar from Mom’s Messy Miracles
Pineapple Blackberry Ice Cream Parfaits from The Speckled Palate
Easy Ocean Cupcakes from Celebrating Family