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Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, World Languages, Spanish

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 11 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

South and Central America


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Reserva Indio Maíz, Un Santuario de Animales

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  • This video from De Humo TV talks about the importance of the Indio Maíz biological reserve in Nicaragua and highlights the importance of conserving its diverse ecosystems.
  • The video is presented in Spanish. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students will learn about the different flora and fauna found in the Indio Maiz reserve and the importance of conserving species for the preservation of Nicaraguan ecosystems. 
  • This video is great for ELL students and can be used in courses such as World Languages and Science. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of Spanish to fully understand the video, although there are translatable subtitles available in English and other languages for non-Spanish speaking students. 
  • There are ads before the video begins.


  • The video can be used as an introduction activity to familiarize students with the topics of biology and conservation. 
  • Students that do not have an understanding of the Spanish language can be paired with a more advanced peer to watch the video and complete a comprehension activity, such as a KWL chart or sketch notes.
  • Another resource that is related to this topic is Environmental Groups Call Upon Brazil, African Nations to Save Native Lands. This Newsela article can be viewed in Spanish and includes comprehension questions.
Scientist Notes
This video spotlights the need to protect ecological sanctuaries, niches, and natural habitats to improve biodiversity and species-richness. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.2.6-8 Evaluate the credibility of a source by determining its relevance and intended use.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (ACTFL)
    • Communication: Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes.
      • 1.2 Interpretive Communication: Learners understand,interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
    • Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations.
      • 3.1 Making Connections: Learners build, reinforce, and expand their knowledge of other disciplines while using the language to develop critical thinking and to solve problems creatively.
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