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

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

January 2021

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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United States
Cricket Media, Inc.
9 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
high five

1 Despite its name, Central America is geographically the southernmost part of North America. It is located between Mexico and South America. It also makes up most of the isthmus that separates the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. 2 The ancient Maya were very advanced compared to other societies in the Americas. They invented a system of writing and excelled in mathematics. They even had a symbol for “0,” which is very unusual for an ancient civilization. 3 Fives areas of the world have been designated as Blue Zones—places where people commonly live to be more than 100 years old. One of these Blue Zones is located in Central America—Nicoya, Costa Rica. The other four are Sardinia in Italy, Okinawa, Japan, Loma Linda, California, and Icaria, Greece. 4 In 2007, a giant…

1 min.
at a glance

GUATEMALA: Area: 108,889 square kilometers Population: 17,153,288* Capital: Guatemala City BELIZE: Area: 22,970 square kilometers Population: 399,600* Capital: Belmopan EL SALVADOR: Area: 20,720 square kilometers Population: 6.5 million* Capital: San Salvador HONDURAS: Area: 112,090 square kilometers Population: 9.2 million* Capital: Tegucigalpa NICARAGUA: Area: 130,370 square kilometers Population: 6.2 million* Capital: Managua COSTA RICA: Area: 51,100 square kilometers Population: 5.1 million* Capital: San Jose PANAMA: Area: 75,420 square kilometers Population: 3.9 million* Capital: Panama City *(July 2020 estimate)…

3 min.
animal central

From golden frogs to big cats to colorful birds, the national animals of Central America represent the geography and cultures of the region. For a quick sampling of creatures plain and beautiful, common and rare, read on. BELIZE, Tapirus bairdii Although the Baird’s tapir looks something like a pig with a trunk, it is actually related to the horse and rhinoceros. At six feet in length and weighing between 300 and 500 pounds, it is the largest land mammal in Central America. The tapir lives along riverbanks and forest clearings in Belize. This water-lover spends most of its time in forest rivers and is a great swimmer. It can also climb steep hillsides and riverbanks. It uses well-worn paths to zigzag through the undergrowth eating leaves and fallen fruit. Also known as…

5 min.
this is central america!

I t’s time to visit Central America. But first, it helps to know exactly where Central America is. Despite its name, it is the southernmost part of North America, which can seem a little confusing. It makes up most of the isthmus dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger land masses and has water on both sides. Central America is located between Mexico and South America, and it includes seven countries: Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize. Because they are part of the isthmus between North America and South America, no Central American location is more than 125 miles from the sea. LET’S EXPLORE EACH OF CENTRAL AMERICA’S SEVEN COUNTRIES BELIZE: Land of the Maya Belize is…

4 min.
me, oh-maya!

The Maya are groups of people who live in parts of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Their ancestors created a great society. At its peak, from 600-900 C.E., the Maya civilization was more advanced than its neighbors in the Americas. MAYA SOCIETY THEN The Maya people were divided into city states (kingdoms) that were each run by separate rulers. In the center of the kingdom were palaces, pyramid temples, and squares where religious ceremonies were held. Most Maya lived in the country outside the city gates. There were many classes in Maya society: rulers, nobles and priests, freemen, craftsmen, farmers, and slaves. If you were a noble, you would be carried from place to place in a litter (chair) by your slaves. Your colorful clothing would be made from animal skins, your headdresses from…

4 min.
touring the tables of central america

We’re about to take a tasting trip across the Central American isthmus. Seven different countries, seven different cuisines, all nestled together on a narrow piece of land. A melting pot of cultures has influenced the collective cuisine, including the ancient Mayans, Arawak, and Garifuna peoples and the Spanish, British, and Creole settlers. Many ingredients are common throughout the countries, like rice, beans, maize, cassava, pork, and seafood, and many enjoy familiar dishes like tamales, empanadas, pupusas, and tortillas. Yet each country has its own national favorites. So loosen your belts…it’s time to tour the tables of Central America. Sandwiched between two oceans, Central America is home to a bounty of scrumptious seafood. Whether it’s fried or baked, roasted or raw, lobster, tuna, or shark, local seafood is a must-have. Conch fritters…