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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th


Science, Social Studies, Biology

Resource Types

  • Video, 4 minutes, 49 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Article

Regional Focus

South and Central America


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Climate Change Threatens a Nicaraguan Community

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  • This student film tells the story of a 12-year-old and her Nicaraguan community, whose livelihoods are being threatened by a fungus that attacks their coffee plants.
  • The film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles and includes a song about deforestation.
Teaching Tips


  • Since this filmmaker is a 12-year-old, the content might be particularly relatable and moving to young people.
  • The background essay provides additional information about the roya crisis in Central America in both English and Spanish. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • While this video is narrated in Spanish with English subtitles, the majority of the information on the website is in English.
  • For viewing the video, students should either be proficient in Spanish or proficient in reading English subtitles, or the speed of the video can be slowed to allow more time for students to read or listen. 


  • Prior to viewing the video, provide students with the Spanish/English vocabulary terms list provided in the "Support Materials for Teachers" link in order to build background knowledge that may aid comprehension.
  • Put students into groups for further discussion using the comprehension and critical thinking questions provided in the "Support Materials" section.
  • As described in the "Support Materials for Teachers" section, ask students to create a piece of media reflecting a local issue and how climate change is impacting them and their own communities.
  • Additional resources on this topic include this video highlighting the global coffee crisis, this video about climate solutions related to farming, and this resource about planting trees.
Scientist Notes
This video resource, produced locally in Nicaragua and published by PBS, highlights how climate change is negatively affecting coffee production in the region. This resource 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.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • HS-LS4-3 Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
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