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Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children

Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children September 2020

In an increasingly global and multicultural world, FACES helps kids understand how people in other countries live. Each issue focuses on a different culture – from Vietnam to Egypt to Haiti – including stories about daily life, folk tales, and engaging articles about history and traditions of the people and their culture. Grades 5-9

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2 min.
high five

With election day just a few months away, the U.S. presidential race is big news. But the United States isn’t the only election you should know about. Elections are held throughout the world. Here are five facts to get you started. 1 The ancient Greeks, the first known voters, placed black-and-white pebbles into pots. Other simple objects were used in ancient elections. Romans tossed small clay balls into their helmets. Early American colonists used colored beans and kernels of corn. 2 The U.S. presidential election is held every four years on a Tuesday in November. Other countries vote on different days. Many countries, such as Greece, Australia, and Brazil, hold elections on Sundays or Saturdays because they feel that more people will turn out to vote on weekends when they are less…

2 min.
the white house or bust

1. “I’m Running for President.” Long before an election, many people say they will run for president of the United States. Of course, each of these candidates wants to win, but only one person can be president. Candidates know that to win, they need to get as many people as possible to vote for them. 2. Preparing for the Primaries. Between January and June of a presidential election year, each state has special, early elections called primaries or caucuses. 3. Convention Time. Voters in these elections choose the delegates, or representatives, who will attend a political party’s nominating convention. During the summer, each political party holds a convention—a large meeting with a special purpose. Delegates from each state vote to decide who will be the party’s candidate for president. Whoever gets a…

3 min.
the top seven animals that vote

Would it surprise you to find out that animals hold elections? That’s right—there are democracies in the animal kingdom, too. Read on to find out about seven species that “vote” to make group decisions. Species Number 7: Red Deer Picture a herd of red deer in the woodlands of Europe. Many of them are lying down in the afternoon shade. After a while, one deer stands, and then another. Soon, more than half the herd is standing. If more than 60% of the red deer stand, the herd will move to another grazing ground. They have voted with their hooves, and the majority rules. Species Number 6: Chimpanzees Humans and chimpanzees are close relatives who share ideas about how groups can live and get along together. The most popular chimp leaders often gain power…

4 min.
vote! from marbles to machines

People have dropped marbles into baskets, drawn Xs by names, colored in dots, and pulled levers to elect their leaders during the past 2,000 years. Early voters used simple, inexpensive objects to cast their votes. The ancient Greeks, the first known voters, placed black-and-white pebbles into pots. Roman soldiers tossed small clay balls into their helmets. Early colonists in the Americas used colored beans and kernels of corn. Today’s election traditions and terms have ancient roots. Voters now often mark ballots, or pieces of paper, to cast their votes. The term comes from the Italian word ballotta meaning “little ball.” People around the world vote in many different ways. Some methods resemble early elections while others are highly technical. Whether voters use beans or machines, the process is designed to be…

3 min.
voting by mail

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has disrupted life worldwide and may also impact the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Infectious disease experts are concerned that the virus could be easily transmitted at polling places where Americans cast their votes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that voters be encouraged “to use voting methods that minimize direct contact with other people and reduce crowd size at polling stations.” Many politicians are suggesting that all Americans be allowed to vote by mail during the 2020 election. Voting by mail is nothing new. Members of the United States military have been casting votes by mail since the Civil War. Five states—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington—conduct “all-mail elections.” Every registered voter in these states receives a ballot in the mail but also has…

1 min.
fast facts

» Voting by mail can cut election expenses by 30% to 50%. » Although President Trump is opposed to voting by mail, he voted by mail in 2018 and 2020. » In Arizona, 79% of voters voted by absentee ballot in the 2018 mid-term elections. » In 1864, 150,000 Union soldiers voted by absentee ballot in the presidential elections. » In most states, all ballots submitted by mail are examined and processed in advance of Election Day. » To prevent someone from voting twice, ballot envelopes are barcoded for individual voters.…