My kid has been talking about the Dora The Explorer movie since they first showed the Dora And The Lost City Of Gold Trailer. (Seriously? The Dora character does look pretty entertaining in it.) And, you know we love some teach with movies moments, so I decided to put together a theme study unit featuring (you guessed it!) Dora! Check out them out for some Dora movie fun!
In case you’ve been living under a rock or off-grid for, like, 42 years, here’s a quick run down of Dora (before she was ‘the Dora movie’).
Who is Dora the Explorer?
About Dora the Explorer
Dora started as an animated cartoon television series on Nickelodeon.
She is a Latina, 7-year-old girl, who is an explorer.
In each episode, Dora explores an area, puzzle, or mystery and asks for the viewers’ help as she goes along.
During that time, she also teaches the viewers a Spanish word or phrase.
Dora And Friends Into The City
Later, there was a show called Dora And Friends Into The City.
In these episodes, Dora is now 10 years old and has all new adventures all over the city.
(You can get the episodes online.)
What is Dora the Explorer last name?
Did you know that Dora has a last name?
Her full name is Dora Márquez.
(Mind blown. I know.)
How old is Dora the Explorer?
In the Dora the Explorer episodes, Dora is much younger than she is in the movie.
On the TV show, Dora is in elementary school, around 7 years old.
There was also a later series that followed Dora and her friends when she was 10.
However, in the live-action movie, Dora is a teenager.
Dora the Explorer Characters
The traditional, main Dora the Explorer characters include:
Boots the Monkey
Swiper (The Villain)
Now that you’re all caught up, let’s talk about the Dora Explorer movie.
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Dora The Explorer Movie
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
The newest Dora the Explorer movie is called Dora and the Lost City of Gold and all the fun
Dora and friends are back!
The live-action movie picks up Dora as a teenager and entering high school.
(Probably her scariest adventure yet . . .)
Anyway . . .
In the movie, Dora’s newest adventure is to save her parents, while also trying to figure out the mystery surrounding a lost Incan civilization.
She takes along some high school classmates and the Dora show favorites like Boots and Backpack for all the shenanigans.
The movie is rated PG.
(There’s also a Junior Novel available!)
The Dora the Explorer Cast includes:
Isabela Moner: Dora
Benicio Del Toro: Swiper
Danny Trejo: Boots
Jeff Wahlberg: Diego
Michael Peña: Dora’s Father
Eva Longoria: Dora’s Mother
Q’orianka Kilcher: Inca Princess Kawillaka
(And many, many others.)
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold Trailer [VIDEO]
Now that you know more about Dora and friends and the Dora movie, let’s get into some fun!
We’ve put together enough resources for you to pick and choose learning fun to go with the movie theme.
22 Dora The Explorer Lesson Plans, Ideas, Activities, and Printables
Learning with Dora
• Learn some fun facts about the Dora show
• Learn the Dora the Explorer Theme Song (and then learn how to play it on the piano with the video below!)
• Watch Dora the Explorer episodes and discuss the lessons learned
• Read some Dora books:
• Learn Spanish (like Dora!) with these free lesson plans
• Grab free Dora the Explorer printables and coloring pages
• Learn how to make Boots from clay
Learn About Geography and History
• Watch a video on map vocabulary
• Get an interactive talking map to study about where Dora goes on her adventures
• Try out one of these awesome map books:
• Learn about the Inca civilization (like in the movie)
• Learn about Inca arts and crafts
• Watch a video on the Inca empire
• Watch a video on the differences between The Maya, Aztec, and Inca
Go on an Adventure (Just Like Dora!) and Explore or Play Explorer and Adventure Games
• Play free Dora the Explorer games online
• Get an outdoor adventure pack for exploring
• Get a treasure hunt game and host your own adventure
• Grab a Dora Backpack (complete with map!) and have a nature walk or walk around the city. Journal interesting things you see or make a map of where you walked!
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Thanks, middle school Spanish teacher here looking for ideas to present Dora to my students.
I’m so glad you stopped by! I’d love to hear what worked best for your class! ENJOY!