Finding Dory is the newest Disney•Pixar movie and is in theaters today (June 17, 2016). The movie is a follow up to Finding Nemo, where Nemo gets lost and his father Marlin, with Dory, set out to find him. In this movie, it is Dory who has become lost, though perhaps not as you might expect. During the movie, the main cast of characters travels across oceans and through the Marine Life Institute in California trying to find each other. Finding Dory is the first Disney movie in a long time to literally give me chills. The way family love and parental devotion is portrayed in this movie was just beautiful. You can read my full Finding Dory review here.
As I said in my Finding Dory review, the animation in this movie is jaw-dropping. What that means is – you will find a huge number of ways you can use Finding Dory for learning, at home or in the classroom. The drawings are mostly accurate (with a few exceptions for humor and of course these animals talk) and the marine life portrayed in this movie is vast and stunning.
Disney has put together a gorgeous free printable Educator’s Guide for you to use in teaching children in grades 2 through 6 about marine life and ocean preservation. Companion guides: free printable Finding Dory Activity Guide and free printable Finding Dory Spanish Activity Guide are also available. These are free ebooks you can easily print for home or classroom use. You can use these together or separately to build on the learning opportunities found in Finding Dory. The free Finding Dory Educator’s Guide can be used on a Kindle or iPad if you do not want to print it.
The Finding Dory Educator’s Guide includes over 40 pages with six lessons and activities for children grades 2 through 6. The guide will introduce students to Animal Behavior and Natural History, Predator/Prey Relationships, Ocean Habitats and Ecosystems, Migration, Marine Careers, and Making a Positive Difference for Wildlife Worldwide. This content has been provided by education experts at Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment.
The objectives of the Finding Dory Educator’s Guide include:
✔ Increase students’ knowledge of marine animal species and their habitats through interactive and inquiry-based lessons.
✔ Enhance students’ viewing of Finding Dory and inspire an appreciation for the wildlife and wild places featured in the film.
✔ Promote life-long conservation values and STEAM-based skills through exploration and discovery.
✔ Empower you and your students to create positive changes for wildlife in your school, community and world.
All images in this post are copyrighted by Disney•Pixar. I received access to these images and printables from the Disney press kit for purposes of promoting the movie Finding Dory.