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Are you as excited about DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD as I am? The new movie hits theatres August 9th. Both my kiddos loved Dora and I liked that it sparked their interest in the Spanish language. In my classroom I use little bits of other languages every day, it’s not because I think I will be able to teach my students how to speak Spanish fluently, it’s because I want them to understand that the world is not just the world they experience, that their norm is not everyone’s norm. It’s the base of multicultural education;and this simple but very fun animal scavenger hunt does the same thing.
Before I get to the activity that you could do at home or in a classroom, let me tell you about the movie!
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots, Diego, a mysterious jungle inhabitant, and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.
Take a look at the trailer!
As you can see GOLD plays a big part of this movie and I wanted to incorporate that into our scavenger hunt, as well as some Spanish words. This is how I did it.
Gather your materials. You will need some animal figurines, spray primer, and gold spray paint. I also used a clipboard, and of course the printable scavenger hunt checklist.
Start by priming your figurines.
Next, make them shine with some gold spray paint and let dry.
I took photos of the figurines but really you don’t even need to have photos, you could simply have the words and have the children try to guess what the animals might be. Some are obvious like elephant or iguana and some sound nothing like they do in English like mosca or caiman. The point of this activity is to explore a few Spanish words, move around your yard, home, or classroom and have fun!
I used a photo collage to make this printable. You can use it if you want, just download here.
When the figurines are dry it’s time to hide them around your home, yard, or classroom. Call all your explorers to come help with this glittery gold animal scavenger hunt!
I always try to make some easy to find…and some much harder.
When an animal is found as the child to try to read the name in Spanish, if your students or child is not yet a reader have them repeat the word after you.
For more info about Dora and The Lost City of Gold check out the movie’s social channels. I can’t wait to see it and I want to know how you liked it, some come back to tell me!
Don’t forget to get your tickets to see Dora and the Lost City of Gold in theatres August 9th!
DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD swings into theatres August 9